Designing Future Cities with Bamboo

  • Explore how happiness can be used as a criterion for designing healthy cities
  • Hands-on construction design workshops using bamboo
  • Courses and workshops offered in block style and meet daily in the morning and afternoon

Why and how can happiness be used as a criterion for urban design? Is it possible to design healthy cities? Will striving for the Sustainable Development Goals bring us there?

In this summer program, students will incorporate their point of view concerning urban design to answer such questions. Students will learn how urban open spaces – not buildings – define the quality of community and social life in a city. Students will explore the following questions:

  • What are the benefits of urban open spaces?
  • How is urban open space defined?
  • What is the difference between nature, landscape, and urban open space?
  • How can we design urban open spaces to achieve our goals? What are our goals in urban design?
  • Do we have to redefine our city visions in times of burning nature?

In this summer course, students will learn about supergrass bamboo, how it is used in design, and what kind of benefits it brings to cities and citizens. Students will examine where it makes sense to use bamboo and how buildings, facades, and urban products can be designed using bamboo.

Designing Future Cities with Bamboo is an interdisciplinary course. Students and working professionals with academic backgrounds in architecture, urban design, design, landscape architecture, or city planning are all encouraged to apply. The course has open enrollment and students will be admitted on a rolling basis. Maximum capacity for the course is 30 participants.

Students will earn a total of 6 ECTS points for the successful completion of the course.

Designing Future Cities with Bamboo has a total of 75 in-class contact hours during the on-campus summer program. A single ECTS point is defined as the equivalent of 25-30 hours of student workload, which includes class hours, readings, preparation for class activities, as well as an assessment measure.

The program fee for Designing Future Cities with Bamboo is €1300. Students who register before April 15, 2020 benefit from a reduced fee of €1100. Students who are currently enrolled at partner universities of Frankfurt UAS are eligible for the reduced program fee of €1100 at any time before the application deadline on May 31, 2020.

What is included in the program fee?

  • 3 weeks of academic courses (6 ECTS points)
  • Insurance covering illness, accidents, and personal liability
  • Local transportation within Frankfurt for the duration of the program
  • Opening and Closing Events


Apply now for Designing Future Cities with Bamboo!

last updated on: 18.02.2020