Berlin, Germany

Foundations of Sustainable Thinking

online course
when 5 July 2021 - 16 July 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 720

This project-based seminar course explores the principles and potentials of sustainable thinking and action. The course offers effective and powerful concepts and exercises in sustainability and how they can be applied to professional practice and business environment, not to mention everyday living.

Even though the term has become a popular catchword, we should make clear what "SUSTAINABILITYā€¯ actually means and consists of. This course aims to establish a practical foundation that sustainability presents opportunities, rather than limitations.

The course approaches the foundation in five core areas of concern: energy, materials, construction, water, and lifestyle. They are framed by the four overarching, interconnected objectives: conservation, efficiency, process, and durability. By weaving the core areas and objectives, the course provides a clear priories & strategies on the opportunities in sustainable thinking.

Course leader

Dr. Sang Lee ( is an architect with PhD in Architecture. He is a tenured University Docent at the Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, where he teaches architectural design, theory, and sustainable design.

Target group

This course is designed for current university students, working professionals and any individuals interested in learning about concepts and exercises in sustainability. As well as students of humanities, liberal arts, architecture, design, engineering, and business/marketing.

Course aim

Learning Goals:

Upon successful completion of the course, the students should be able to recognize, understand, and incorporate the fundamentals of sustainability as opportunities in both personal and professional environments. The course also offers a solid template toward further learning and practice in sustainable thinking and action:

(1) The foundations of sustainability that reinforce everyday practice

(2) The points of departure for sustainable design

(3) How to incorporate sustainability concepts into practice

(4) A wider perspective of sustainability in human environment and economy

(5) The ethical choices in profession and practice toward sustainability

Fee info

EUR 720: Fee for students.
The fee covers the course, course materials, and a digital cultural program.
EUR 1120: Fee for working professionals/ non- students.
The fee covers the course, course materials, and a digital cultural program.