ReTooling the Trades
#2 City - Climate - Architecture. Climate and Adaptation

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

The series ReTooling the Trades is in collaboration with the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin. This event was initiated by TU Berlin.

Part I - Presentations

Part II - Book Presentation and Discussion

The second part of the ANCB series ReTooling the Trades has a focus on a rising awareness of climatological issues in the design process with the potential for a more site specific and contextual relevant architecture in the future.

The symposium will examine the interdependencies of design strategies, adaptation methods and policy making. Climate change affects regions and cities worldwide on different scales and with a different impact. The central questions are: Which consequences will climate change have on architecture and urban development in the future? How can architectural design processes be adapted to climate change? What are the adaptation strategies and what are the benefits? How can climate oriented design strategies be integrated into the legal and political system and who is responsible for advancing it?

Welcome and Introduction

Hans-Jürgen Commerell, Director, ANCB The Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin, 00:00:00 - 00:05:18

Koos Wieriks, Counsellor for Infrastructure and Environment, The Netherlands Embassy in Berlin, 00:05:30 - 00:12:24
Ralf Pasel,
Professor for Architectural Design and Construction, TU Berlin, 00:12:24 - 00:20:53
Sanda Lenzholzer, Assistant Professor TU Wageningen, 00:20:53 - 00:43:22
Boris Hocks, Urban Designer and Partner, Posad Spatial Strategies / Lecturer at Academie van Bouwkunst, Amsterdam, 00:44:47 - 01:03:44
Thorsten Tonndorf, Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment, Berlin, 01:04:35 - 01:20:20

Book Presentation
City and Wind - Climate as an Architectural Instrument (DOM Publishers, May 2014)
Ralf Pasel, Professor for Architectural Design and Construction, TU Berlin, 00:00:00 - 00:02:19
Mareike Krautheim, Visiting Professor Rotterdam Academy for Architecture and Urban Design, Rotterdam, 00:02:19 - 00:18:47
Sven Pfeiffer, Professor Digital Design and Construction, msa Münster, 00:18:47 - 00:24:59
Joachim Schultz-Granberg
, Professor for Urban Design, msa Münster, 00:24:59 - 00:33:09

Podium Discussion
with the speakers, moderated by Ralf Pasel, Professor for Architectural Design and Construction, TU Berlin and Joachim Schultz-Granberg, Professor for Urban Design, msa Münster, 00:33:09 - 01:20:57

1. City - Climate - Architecture is a series of three symposia aiming to increase the awareness of climatological aspects as indispensable parts of the architectural design process. The series is a cooperation of the Technical University Berlin - Department Construction and Design CODE, the msa | münster school of architecture - Department for Digital Design and Construction, Department D6 for Urban Design and the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design. The first symposium Climate and Design took place in Rotterdam on 29 May 2014 and the second one Climate and Planning took place in Münster on 11 June 2014. For more information please visit

2. The ANCB series ReTooling the Trades in collaboration with the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin is about equipping the capable urban practitioner with an upgraded set of working methods, approaches, strategies, processes and systems for effective and responsible professional practice. It builds on the outcomes of the successful ANCB debate series Design & Politics: The Next Phase and ascribes to the same underpinning ideological position about a more politically engaged spatial design and planning profession. Through discussion, design studio and other formats, ReTooling the Trades presents and explores examples of new ‘tools of the trade’ that are emerging in spatial design practices in the Netherlands and elsewhere. Included, for example, are tools that better explain conditions, envision futures, create frameworks, stimulate a building culture, generate new knowledge, communicate proposals, as well as tools that make better buildings and spaces.


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