The sustainable development of the built environment has been at the center of numerous European and global agendas, academic research and curricula, but also urban practice for some time. Nevertheless, new global problems related to health and security, but also new challenges that directly affect our living environment, such as biodiversity loss, resource scarcity, demographic change, economic instability, as well as the increase of extreme climate events, are alarming for a collective commitment to improve concepts for future living spaces.
We need to rethink values, policies and strategies and design new concepts that will enable us to shape our living environment in harmony with nature and make our society inclusive, equitable and productive. As designers, architects, and planners, as well as researchers and educators, we should be the driving force in the collective development of a sustainable built environment. Since 2020, Detmold Conference Week has been our platform to bring together insights on these topics, re-evaluate existing tools, methods and design strategies for sustainable development, as well as explore trends and new solutions. The complexity of our lived environment requires bringing together the fragmented bodies of knowledge within the design and planning disciplines, but also beyond.
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 aim 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.
1 WEEK \\ Full of impulses, ideas and discussion with international researchers, representatives of international universities, partners from the business world and players from the arts, culture, city and region. We know how difficult it can be to follow a digital conference with a busy schedule. That's why our content will be available on-demand after DCW 2022!
1 REPORT \\ documenting DCW and also provide a platform for interdisciplinary articles, reports from our research activities, student impulses, and more. Our goal is to continually synthesize findings on current planning and societal issues and make them available to a broad audience. Thus, the results of the DCW will be published together with our own research results in an annual IDS Trend Report (*title) starting prospectively in 2023.
2 LANGUAGES \\ The conference will be held partly in German, partly in English. On-demand content will be provided with English subtitles for our international guests.
Participation in the conference is free of charge for students and members of TH OWL, as well as for external guests!
Participation in the conference is free of charge for students and members of TH OWL as well as for external guests!
DCW 2021, our second digital conference at the Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Design, TH OWL, is intended as a platform to bring together insights on these topics, to re-evaluate existing tools, methods and design strategies for sustainable development, but also to explore trends and new solutions. The complexity of our lived environment requires bringing together the fragmented bodies of knowledge within, but also beyond, the design and planning disciplines. Through the lens of our newly established Institute for Design Strategies (IDS) and the thematic clusters of Regenerative Design, Human Centered Design, and Data Driven Design, we aim 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.
We are expanding our view! Especially in times when we are all particularly preoccupied with the topic of transformation. How can we develop sustainable tools, services and analyses that contribute to an improvement of the built environment? How can we accompany the transformation process of our cities and develop sustainable solutions that take into account the cultural heritage, the quality of life and the economic performance of city and countryside in equal measure? How can we make the interactions between people, space and objects visible and transfer them into knowledge for action for decision-makers and planning disciplines? We have investigated these questions and more on the basis of the thematic clusters Data Driven Design, Strategies for the Built Environment and Quality of Life in the Built Environment in order to work specifically on the social challenges of qualitative design of human living space.