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The architecture of tomorrow - a joint German-Turkish challenge

How can architects combine the renovation and new construction of houses with the requirements for energy-efficient living space and aesthetic demands and expectations? Students involved in the "Link-in-Energy" master project at the Weimar University and the Turkish Mersin University are getting to grips with this question. From 10 to 19 October the German students are travelling to the partner country of Turkey to conduct research on solutions for energy-efficient architecture.

Warmth from the heating system or electricity from the grid – as invisible as these driving forces of everyday life are in our own four walls and in our neighbourhood, so blindingly obvious are the questions for politics and society concerning how we are to secure our energy supply in the future. The German-Turkish science year opened a bridge towards a modern and sustainable understanding of architecture. In the next two years, an interdisciplinary cooperation between the universities of both countries will scrutinize this forward-looking question to examine closely intelligent forms of energy-efficient architecture.

Professor Rainer Gumpp, initiator of the master project at the Bauhaus University Weimar, and his Turkish project partner, of the Faculty of Architecture, Mersin University, will show the students that architecture should not only focus on current aesthetic and functional solutions, but that architecture from the past can also serve as a model.

Energy-efficient architecture - an international challenge

And a task that cannot be solved purely on the drawing board. The networking activities of the two universities united by an Erasmus agreement are therefore not only restricted to abstract academic exchange and composing of written semester projects. Working together, the German and Turkish architecture students in Istanbul will develop new ideas right at the location.

Practice-orientated, cooperative working during the visit to Turkey

As part of the visit, students will hear lectures by local architects and German and Turkish scientists on issues such as megacities, Turkish architectural tradition and modern energy systems.

Following the theoretical events there will be a practice-orientated phase in the Cappadocia region comprising of in-depth work phases. Here the students will have the opportunity to put into practical use newly acquired knowledge as early as possible and use concepts developed during workshops.

The visit to Turkey by the Weimar students will last for just over a week. But for the work on sustainable concepts of energy-saving architecture and urban development, the German-Turkish science year is just the beginning.

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