Integrated Project I - Digital Design and Decision Support Systems for Sustainable Campus Developments

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Course Content

In this project, possible future improvements and extensions of the
RWTH campus are being investigated. A focus area is the „Campus West“ plot that augments the existing City campus and Campus Melaten. For a sustainable development, long term strategies should be addressed that include:

  • The management of water, energy and other resources • Sustainable transport
  • Flexible use concepts
  • Integration and reuse of existing resources
  • Integration of design competitions into „live“ urban development models
  • Simulation, prediction and visualization of different adaptable development strategies

Rather than capturing such strategies only in traditional drawings, text and scale models, an integrated system will be developed across individual teams that allows to visualize, simulate and evaluate
different design options and scenarios. Technical tools such OpenCities Planner in the iTwin platform will be used as a digital testbed for design options.

Learning Objectives

  • To develop a new insight into the drivers of climate change in the uni- versity campus areas using innovative research and methods based on stakeholder engagement;
  • To analyze critically existing strategies, regulations, and policies at the university campuses and identify a range of effective practices address- ing climate change mitigation,
  • To perform climate and microclimate sensing campaigns to map threads and opportunities: sensors, data and networks link the artificial and natural elements of urban environments to connect citizens and decision-makers and to integrate ecological solutions into the built en- vironment.
  • To develop a climate change mitigation strategy operationalizing a new participatory model for inclusive strategies and action plans based on knowledge co-creation and co-design of solutions with stakeholders at the university level and beyond.


Module Responsible

Prof. Christa Reicher, Chair of Urban Design and Institute for Urban Design and European Urbanism

Teaching Staff

Prof. Dr. Jakob Beetz (DC), Dr. ir. Ceren Sezer


Mondays, 14:00-15:00, SG309

Examination Date


Examination Format

oral presentation (PowerPoint and 2 A0 posters) and project report