The idea of International Student Master Module Cooperation Program “Climate Responsive Architecture” was developed between Universities of MSA, Muenster School of Architecture, Muenster, Germany, and Faculty of Architecture, Moratuwa University, Colombo, Sri Lanka, in 2018. Finetuned program was accepted for 2-year student and staff cooperation exchange funding, covered by ISAP program DAAD Bonn, Germany. General focus is on architectural strategies against global warming, main objectives are academic partnership and synchronizing study structures.
Due to worldwide Corona pandemic the actual student exchange between the two countries was regrettably subject of cancelation in March 2020. Even more emphasis and effort now flow into more elaborate development of English language app and web portal “Climate Hub”. Basic knowledge, tools, student projects, worldwide vernacular as well as contemporary examples, and research papers for state-of-the-art climate responsive architecture will be collected and constantly actualized. Further vision is to add an “E-Learning Module”, in order that in possibly still Corona influenced next teaching period, international seminars and projects might be even more close.
Based on knowledge collected so far, further possibilities of state-of-the-art “Form Follows Performance” 3D BIM architectural engineering and simulation techniques, in coherence to special embedding in Muenster’s and Colombo’s parameters, now should be thoroughly investigated and transferred to vice versa excellent academic education structures in both countries. This then international team approach could develop a better-quality project structure for holistic projects, with definitive benchmarking of climatic excellent architecture in terms of sustainability and energy efficiency. The expected fruitful vice versa learning process in “two worlds” with specific climate, technological and cultural settings could lead to a more sophisticated approach towards a better climatic engineered architectural planning culture in both countries. Moreover special additional south Indian expertise would be introduced into project by means of temporary invitation of Bangalore architect Indranil Bhattacharya to Moratuwa’s workshops, already having been engaged and feeding in valuable Indian experiences in the past “Triloka” project (Indian academic Partner RV College Bangalore) in 2005 to 2008, as well as Tobias Danielmeier’s vast knowledge as lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture at Otago Polytechnic University in New Zealand.
We are a group of architecture faculties from universities around the world, working together on the Climatehub Website and App and contributing our knowledge on climate responsive architecture. If you are interested in joining us or want to get further information do not hesistate to contact us!
University of Moratuwa
Moratuwa – Sri Lanka
Dunedin – New Zealand
RV College of Architecture
Bengaluru – India
Münster School of Architecture
Münster – Germany
Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
Frankfurt - Germany
DesignBuilder Software Ltd
Stroud - United Kingdom
Testo SE & Co.KGaA
Titisee Neustadt - Germany
Journal of Material Science and Technologie Research
University of Moratuwa
We deeply thank every lecturer and student who contributed their works and thoughts to fill this knowledge database.
Special thanks go to the initiator of the master module Climate Responsive Architecture at Münster School of Architecture 2020, Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Jürgen Reichardt and the participating students, who contributed their time and efforts for this project.
Participation in the design (among others):