2nd Cooperation Talk


Summariing the concept of the cooperation, the current SummerSchool project activities and describing each of the participants, this website is a summary of all that was discussed in the opening cooperation talk. As such it was the perfect introduction for the Mid Cooperation Talk which discussed the future of the cooperation.

This discussion revolved around the topic of common interests and possible future cooperation projects. Five subjects were marked as possible successors to the Summer School and were then developed in smaller Focus-Groups.

1. A sustainable showcase building in Maputo/ Mozambique

Develop a representative and appealing project using natural and highly available materials. Combining simple construction technologies with new trends of architecture design thus obtaining an intelligent building in construction and in use- especially regarding energy efficiency.

Involving students with various backgrounds and countries will provide different inputs towards local solutions to a global problem ,and to also promote a multicultural exchange.

This can be a public use building, for instance a library linked with a school in a “hotspot” of Maputo city, in order to get effective visibility and to be a reference for other parts of the city, the country and abroad.

2. Sustainable Facade Design

Taking into consideration traditional principles, the challenge of today’s façade is to integrate and apply new technologies with ancient wisdom. In order to do so, we have to consider that:

  • Sustainability is only achieved when new efficient systems and products are socially accepted and supported by the users;
  • As the climate conditions change during the day and year, the façade has to respond dynamically to these changes;
  • Solutions can not be the same for different contexts; they have to be connected to the socio-economic reality of each country or region.

The proposed research tries to combine the German expertise on façades technology with the specific needs and climate conditions of Africa and South America with the goal to improve the energy efficiency of the built environment.

3. E-Mobility

  • Developing affordable systems that generate power from renewable sources such as solar, wind and hydropower in order to feed transportation, while making it accessible to the population.
  • Integrating different methods of transportation, giving people motivation to use public transport and therefore decreasing the use of particular cars which are mainly powered by fossil fuels.

4. Human-Centered Design as a tool for creating healthy spaces

Sustainable buildings face the dichotomy that, while energy efficient buildings demand access to the latest technologies, users also want simple, intuitive user control, in-keeping with the interior design styling and overall modern image. Additionally, the design of sustainable technology or products must address the safety concerns associated with potential risks for health and well-being. These are complex challenges which require considerable user-centered research if optimal solutions are to be achieved.

Specific research topics are:

  • Lighting perception in retail spaces: cross cultural studies Brazil/Germany
  • Human Centred Lighting Design: strategies for health spaces
  • LED technology and emotional responses: how color changing design affects mood and well-being in (some architectural uses)
  • Potential of lighting design as a territorial design tool: Cross cultural study in Germany, Brazil and Mozambique

5. Territorial Design

Generating value to a territory through establishing and reinforcing its identity, while revitalizing the strength of existing icons in the area.

The research line seeks the integration between design and architecture, and focuses in the facade conception and in its human related interfaces developed through territorial design.

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