ECLAS has selected HafenCity University as the venue for the 2013 conference. HafenCity University is a rather special case, because here landscape architecture is taught in an inter-disciplinary context as part of a mix of subjects – it straddles the interface between the conflicting interests of architecture, town planning and civil engineering. The consensus of opinion at HafenCity University is that all disciplines must grapple with landscape issues, indeed that consideration of the landscape is a starting point for research and teaching; this standpoint is unique among universities. The topics addressed at the conference will reflect HafenCity University’s special interdisciplinary approach to research where landscape issues are concerned.


A university in dialogue
Questions on the future of the built environment and our cities must be answered in dialogue between experts and the public. The HCU sees itself as a laboratory for building and urban development. It invites a broad exchange of ideas on questions of the metropolitan future – a place of research and debate on architecture,
building, urban culture and urban development.


Transdisciplinary thinking for new perspectives
The complex challenges posed by the metropolitan environment demand new approaches. The HCU works in a transdisciplinary way on the problems of urban living and its spatial, social, cultural, economic and ecological consequences. It confronts traditional disciplines with radically different approaches and ways of thinking.


Specialisation and breadth: the disciplines at the HCU
New solutions for metropolitan problems demand disciplinary excellence as well as an openness to neighbouring disciplines. This disciplinary and professional excellence is based on the five undergraduate programmes, which cover the spectrum from “house to city”: Architecture, Civil Engineering, Geomatics, Metropolitan Cultures and Urban Planning.


Learn how to continue learning – and to question established ways
Our reality is changing more rapidly than ever. The goal at the HCU is to foster lifelong learning and the continual search for new solutions. The Studium Fundamentale and the Study Projects at the HCU encourage students in their ability to reflect and to use their power of judgement – essential skills in the complex and changing challenges of the future.


Interfaces of knowledge
Questions on the future of building and metropolitan development occur at the interface of professions. The Masters courses at the HCU are exactly at this interface – where existing professions are challenged and new ones born: Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning, and Urban Design.


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