TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE BUILDING CULTUREProspective Strategies and Methodologies in Designing our Built Environment

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Sustainability rating systems aiming at balancing the ecological, economical and socio-cultural aspects of our built environment. Whereas criteria for sustainability are widely applied, strategies and methodologies employed still follow classical building design approaches. Although efficiency and consistency strategies have been widely accepted and implemented in design, planning or operation procedures, it has been observed that they lead to rebound effects diminishing the effectiveness of the implemented measures. There is a third strategy, sufficiency, which is less known and not yet, the common basis in building design approaches. While efficiency and consistency strategies mainly rely on technology application, sufficiency rather refers to the right measure and requires involvement of user and societal aspects of the built environment. In order to deploy all three strategies and use their full potential assuming a transdisciplinary perspective and integrating knowledge from different disciplines appears to be necessary.
The overall goal of the PhD course is to unfold various prospective strategies, methodologies and perspectives in designing buildings as well as in research and oppose them to currently prevailing methodologies and approaches applied by designers, building industry and resear-chers. Among others, these prospective strategies are integrated design process thinking as we have been utilising it successfully at Aalborg University’s Architecture and Urban Design section, participatory action in sustainable architecture or human centred approaches to indoor climate. Examples from research and design practice underpin the discussion of the different perspectives.
Period15 Oct 201918 Oct 2019
Event typeCourse
LocationAalborg, Denmark
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Sustainability
  • Built Environment
  • sufficiency
  • methodology
  • Strategy