Architecture and Climate
9. Day of Research

In the face of a visibly worsening ecological crisis and the largely unchanged adherence to fossil fuels and outdated economic models, the 9th Research Day asks what contribution architecture and urban planning can make to solving global challenges. Keynote Speaker is Daniel Barber, professor at the University of Sydney.


Wednesday, 7 December 2022, 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

All events take place in presence.

Location: L3 | 01 Kleiner Zeichensaal/Lernzentrum (Room 111) – unless otherwise stated.

Welcome and introduction

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

  • Prof.'in Dr. Christiane Salge (Dean of the Faculty)
  • Prof. Dr. Jens Schneider (Vice-President for Transfer and Internationalisation)
  • Prof.'in Anett-Maud Joppien (Chair of Design and Building Technology, Head of the Research Commission)

Architecture and Climate – Can we still be saved?

10:30 to 12:00

Fish Bowl Discussion

Architecture and climate are connected in multiple, intimate ways: How we build cities has a major impact on our carbon footprint; Architecture can help or hinder us to adapt to climate change; and vice versa: The global need to reduce CO2 emissions begins to influence policies and urban development in attempts to shift towards green mobility, stop wasting unbuilt land and integrate circularity. Even though many of these connections have shown in research, there has been an implementation problem for decades. With an increasing speed of extreme heat waves and flooding, paired with the energy crisis and wars, we have to ask: Are we all doomed and have we condemned ourselves to this? What and how can we change as a community that shapes, researches, thinks and cares about architecture and cities? In this open panel we want to discuss these questions with a focus on implications for research and teaching.


  • Prof. Daniel Barber
    University of Sydney
  • Prof.'in Dr. Anna-Maria Meister
    Chair of Architectural Science and Theory
  • Prof.'in Anett-Maud Joppien
    Chair of Design and Building Technology
  • Iris Behr
    Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences
  • Dr. Simon Germann
    Chair of Design and Urban Development
  • Daniel Müller
    Student of the department

The audience will have the opportunity to actively participate in the discussion. The discussion will be held in English.

Moderation: Dipl.-Ing. Marianne Halblaub-Miranda and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Knöll

Daniel A. Barber

is Professor of Architecture at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and a Research Affiliate at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. His research and teaching focus on how the practice and pedagogy of architecture are changing to address the climate emergency. Daniel has held academic positions and fellowships at Harvard, Penn, Princeton, Columbia, and Yale, and at the Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, the Rachel Carson Center (Munich) and most recently as a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies (CAPAS) at the Universität Heidelberg. He is a 2022-2023 Guggenheim Fellow, working on the project Thermal Practices.

Iris Behr

is a trained lawyer and member of h-da project s:ne system innovation for sustainable development – leading the section “Zukunftsorientierte Stadtentwicklung”/ town development climate protection potentials of the housing stock

  • Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences
  • Member of the Darmstadt Municipal Governing Board (Magistrat)
  • Supervisory boards of municipal companies
  • Member of DASL Deutsche Akademie für Städtebau und Landesplanung

She is working in the fields of sustainable housing and town development, covering efficiency of construction, (renewable) energy supply and mobility and the respective governance issues.

Iris Behr is engaged in dealing with the integration of sustainable approaches (energy, economy and social aspects) in managing the City’s housing stock and supervising real estate companies.

Research activities are “grounded “by more than 25 years of experience in local policy contexts.

At present she is a member of the Darmstadt Municipal Governing Board and holds supervisory positions at various municipal companies in the field of housing, energy and waste disposal.

Her favourite issues at the local level are housing & mobility, land use, gender and migration issues.

Simon Gehrmann

Scientific Assistant at the Chair of Design and Urban Development

Anett-Maud Joppien


Anna-Maria Meister

Anna-Maria Meister is an architect, historian and writer, and professor of architecture theory and science at Technical University of Darmstadt.

Her work focuses on the interdependencies of bureaucratization of design and the design of bureaucracies. She is also a co-curator and co-editor of the collaborative international research project “Radical Pedagogies.”

Daniel Müller

  • has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture at TU Darmstadt, 2016-2022
  • He spent one year at Seoul National University, 2018-2019
  • Student assistant at TU Darmstadt: Büro für Nachhaltigkeit, 2022
  • He is active in various NGOs:
  • Viva con Agua since 2015 (SDG 6: clean water & sanitation)               
  • Hochschulgruppe Nachhaltigkeit since 2019 (Student group on sustainability)
  • Architect for Future Darmstadt since 2021
  • Martin Macht Platz (initiator) since 2022 (a day of action based on “Park(ing) Day”, on which public spaces dominated by cars are transformed: from a city for cars to a city for all!)

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Science Slam of the nominees for the Heinz Stillger Prize

13:00 – 14:00

Since 2017, the Heinz Stillger Foundation has been awarding prizes to the best student research projects at the department. At the Science Slam, the students nominated for the Heinz Stillger Prize present their research projects in five-minute talks to the audience and the jury. The award ceremony will take place at 6:00 pm before the Wednesday evening lecture.

Moderation: Dipl.-Ing. Bruno Johannbroer

Jeanne Bieneck
Reconstruction of Identity in Frankfurt's Saalgasse
Do the postmodern townhouses of Saalgasse have an identity-forming significance in relation to the destroyed old town?

Submitted by the Chair of Architecture and Art History
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Bernadette Lang-Eurisch
The way to a climate-neutral building stock 2050
Comparison of the certification systems according to DGNB, LEED and BREEAM

Submitted by the Chair of Design and Sustainable Building
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Kim Weyrauch
Mannheim and Heidelberg
Comparison of urban planning models of the post-war period Subject area

Submitted by the Chair of Architectural Theory and Science
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Louisa Winter
The liberation of the floor plan from the standardised bathroom
What types of flexibility are developing? Analysis and categorisation of seven case studies

Submitted by the Chair of Design and Housing
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Clara Wolf
Cement tiles – colours and mixing ratios
An experimental research module to determine the pigment and water content in the colour layer of handmade cement tiles

Submitted by the Chair of Sculptural Design
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Five minutes of research – short presentations

14:00 to 15:00

Professors and distinguished post-docs report on selected projects in short presentations and discuss them with the audience.

Moderation: Andreas Pilot

  • Prof. Ariel Auslender
    Fachgebiet Plastisches Gestalten
  • Prof. Wolfgang Lorch
    Fachgebiet Entwerfen und Baugestaltung
  • Prof'in Dr. Annette Rudolph-Cleff
    Fachgebiet Entwerfen und Stadtentwicklung
  • Prof'in Dr. Christiane Salge
    Fachgebiet Architektur- und Kunstgeschichte
  • Prof. Dr. Oliver Tessmann
    Fachgebiet Digitales Gestalten
  • Dr.-Ing. Andreas Noback
  • Dr.-Ing. David Sauerwein

After the presentations, the audience has the opportunity to vote for the best presentation.

Moderation: Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Pilot

Poster Lounge

From 3 pm

The poster exhibition presents current research projects and ongoing doctorates and gives the opportunity for exchange.

Gallery on the 1st floor.

The exhibition is open until 15.12.

Datei Typ Größe


With the various contributions, we would like to arouse interest in research in architecture among students and staff of the department, inform them about the various possibilities of support during the doctoral period on the part of the department and present special projects.

Prior registration is not necessary.

16:00 – 16:45: Workshop 1

Doing a doctorate at FB 15. First hints
Prof. Dr. Christiane Salge / Dr. Nadja Gaudillière-Jami
Target group: Master's students and research assistants who have not yet applied for a doctorate.
Workshop in German

The workshop is aimed at all those interested in doing a doctorate at the Department of Architecture. We will introduce you to the most important steps on the way to a doctorate, show you where you can find information about doing a doctorate at the Faculty of Architecture and what support services are available for doing a doctorate at the TU Darmstadt. We will also be happy to answer any questions you may have about doctoral studies, such as how to submit a doctoral application, find a supervisor, etc.

Room 437

16:00 – 16:45: Workshop 2

How do I generate and formulate topics for research in architecture?
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Anna-Maria Meister
Workshop in German

In this workshop for Master's students, PhD students and postdocs, we will try to work out what a “topic” can be, and how the methods of architectural science can help to address research questions.

Seminar room 315 / ATW

16:45 – 17:30: Workshop 3

Research data management
Dr.-Ing. Andreas Noback
Workshop in German

Further information about this workshop will follow

16:45 – 17:30: Workshop 4

3 Days of Blackout – Development of a Serious Game for Population Preparedness
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Annette-Rudolph-Cleff, Dr.-Ing. Joachim Schulze
Target group: Profs, Postdocs, WIMIs, students (10 – 15 participants in total)
Workshop in English

What to do when the power goes out? As part of the LOEWE Centre emergenCITY, the Department of Design and Urban Development is investigating how cities can prepare for these and other crisis scenarios. An important component of disaster risk management (DRM) is the preparation of the population for self-help, which is described with the buzzword “prepardeness”. Under the title “eHUBgaming”, the EST department is developing a serious game that aims to convey knowledge about the context of a blackout. The game is set in the former Solar Decathlon House 2009, where the player is confronted with a 3-day blackout. Now the player has to use energy wisely and decide for one or the other option when events occur. In the workshop it is planned to present the format “serious game” and to discuss the implementation in the game “eHUBgaming” during a live demos.

Room: eHUB (SD-Haus 2009) or seminar room Department of Design and Urban Development (to be announced)

Award of the Heinz Stillger Prize

18:00 hrs s.t.

The Heinz Stillger Prize of the HEINZ STILLGER FOUNDATION is awarded for outstanding student research work in the Department of Architecture.

The aim of the prize is to strengthen the importance of research in teaching and to promote the continuity from the Bachelor's degree via the Master's degree to research and doctoral studies.

Speakers: Prof. Dr. Christiane Salge, Dean of the Department of Architecture, Elke Stillger, Heinz Stillger Prize and Prof. Kerstin Molter, Chairwoman of the Heinz Stillger Prize Jury.

Wednesday Evening Lecture

18:30 – 20:00

Daniel Barber (University of Sydney)
»Thermal Practices«

Daniel A. Barber is Professor of Architecture and Environment in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and a Research Affiliate at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. His research and teaching follow two trajectories: an archival exploration of environmental histories of architecture, and conceptual frameworks to cultivate designed pathways to a post-hydrocarbon future.

His most recent book is Modern Architecture and Climate: Design before Air Conditioning (Princeton University Press, 2020). His 2019 essay “After Comfort” (Log 49, 2019) is the basis for an exhibition at the 2023 COP meeting in Dubai, and for an ongoing series of essays and projects on the e-flux architecture online platform. His activities are increasingly focused on amplifying the climate-relevant work of colleagues and practitioners, and on developing concepts and frameworks for architects, policy makers, developers and others to engage the climate emergency. Daniel was recently a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies at Universität Heidelberg, and received a 2022-2023 Guggenheim Fellowship. He is co-founder of Current: Collective on Environment and Architectural History, and co-editor of the annual Accumulation series on e-flux architecture.

Prof. Anett-Maud Joppien
Dipl.-Des. Frank Metzger