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Institute for Design Strategies

Shaping the Human Habitat


The IDS - Institute for Design Strategies accompanies the change in architecture and planning disciplines towards a responsible and sustainable design of the human habitat. To this end, it researches the fundamental interactions between people and space, develops strategies on the path to a climate-resilient built environment, and uses the opportunity space of digitalization for innovative approaches and complex analyses. The institute was founded in 2021 as a further development of four successful research focuses: urbanLab, nextPlace, constructionLab und perceptionLab. The members of the institute have been actively working in joint R&D projects with partners from business and municipalities for over 10 years. This has resulted in a network of over 40 institutions. The complex and multi-layered constellation of actors in the built environment also requires a special commitment to transfer between teaching, research, business and society. IDS meets these requirements through various established transfer formats that ensure this transdisciplinary exchange.

Through the lens of the newly established IDS - Institute for Design Strategies and the thematic clusters of Regenerative Design, Human Centered Design and Data Driven Design, we want to find synergies between the different scales of our living environment and different aspects and values of sustainability to discuss sustainable design strategies for future development dynamics.


At the interface of environment and Design

Regenerative Design

The global challenges of climate change and the energy transition require a drastic transformation of the built environment. In addition, there is the pressing question of how to deal with the buildings of the 20th century, which make up about 80% of the existing building stock and currently do not meet the demands of climate protection, energy efficiency or circular economy.

at the interface of health and design

Human Centered Design

The highest possible quality of life with the participation of all is an essential driver for society. At the same time, knowledge about the connections between the architectural and urban systems in which we move every day and the effects on behaviour and lifestyle is still poorly developed.

at the interface of digitalization and design

Data Driven Design

The potential of digital technologies is changing the entire value chain in urban, building and planning. AR/VR, IoT and the various facets of Artificial Intelligence (AI) lead us to expect more efficient processes, more participation and a greater understanding of spatial influences on people.

Where we came from

Our work in the previous research groups

Our transfer formats

Detmold Conference Week


Since 2020, together with all research groups from the Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Design and now as IDS, we have been dedicating ourselves to the topic of the built environment - the human habitat - in a digital conference. Across all scales, from the chair to the city. We are convinced that the complexity of our habitat requires bringing together the fragmented states of knowledge within the planning disciplines, but also beyond them.

More Information

Our reports

IDS Report 2021


The human habitat (or human habitat) is at the intersection of our built, lived and natural environments - a complex system fuelled by unchecked economic growth and challenged by population growth, climate change, resource scarcity and social inequality. The 2021 report shows how the Institute for Design Strategies (IDS) has established itself as a new research institution in the field, collaborating interdisciplinarily with the information, health and engineering sciences to contribute to the conservation of the human habitat through innovative and creative approaches. 



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Chairwoman IDS 


Boardmember IDS 

  • Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Daniel Arztmann, Facade Construction
  • Prof. Dr. Axel Häusler, Digitale Medien und Entwerfen
  • Prof. Dipl.-Ing Oliver Hall, Stadtplanung und städtebauliches Entwerfen
  • Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Ulrich Nether, Produktdesign und Ergonomie
  • Prof.'in Dr.-Ing. Uta Pottgiesser, Baukonstruktion und Baustoffe
  • Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Rohler, Freiraumplanung im städtebaulichen Kontext
  • Prof. Hans Sachs, CAAD | Computer Aided Architectural Design
  • Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Jens-Uwe Schulz, Tragwerkslehre und Entwerfen
  • M. Sc. Marcel Cardinali | Research Assistent




Knowledge Transfer