Profile and Philosophy of the ASL department

Architects and planners traditionally bear a heavy responsibility towards people and the environment. Architecture, planning and the design of built Environments and landscaping are therefore an important focus of the Eco-University of Kassel. The department addresses this responsibility by utilizing planning and construction strategies which are environmentally friendly, resource and energy-saving, economically efficient and socially responsible. This responsibility must also be satisfied in the educational program: The educational goal cannot be to train technical professionals and specialists exclusively. Required above all are creative minds with social, artistic, cultural and community awareness, operating as independent and critically thinking generalists, who while optimizing individual issues. are able to keep in mind the common good and development in the wider sense.

Since the founding of the university, i.e. since the early days of the "green movement", the department has been committed to teaching and researching the principles of sustainable development. Examples of this are loam/clay construction research and practice, energy saving construction, experimental housing, and the "Kassel School" of open space planning, which has markedly influenced the residential sector. New specialized courses such as "Construction Management" and "Environmentally Conscious Construction", demonstrate the department’s continued commitment to an ecologically, economically, socially and artistically sound education. User-oriented planning and enhanced design training cultivates a critical, responsible creative approach.

The ASL School is unique in the German-speaking university landscape in that it unifies the three disciplines of architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture under one roof. Their constructive interaction is of vital importance for the quality of the designed environment. The thirty-two subject areas encompass a wide range of issues and ways of working related to spatial planning. An interdisciplinary approach, courses held jointly by the three branches of study, and a high proportion of interrelated teaching and research topics serve as appropriate instruments to ensure the effective meshing of planning and design strategies in the service of responsibility towards society and the environment.

Architects and planners traditionally bear a heavy responsibility towards people and the environment. Architecture, planning and the design of built Environments and landscaping are therefore an important focus of the Eco-University of Kassel. The department addresses this responsibility by utilizing planning and construction strategies which are environmentally friendly, resource and energy-saving, economically efficient and socially responsible. This responsibility must also be satisfied in the educational program: The educational goal cannot be to train technical professionals and specialists exclusively. Required above all are creative minds with social, artistic, cultural and community awareness, operating as independent and critically thinking generalists, who while optimizing individual issues. are able to keep in mind the common good and development in the wider sense.

Since the founding of the university, i.e. since the early days of the "green movement", the department has been committed to teaching and researching the principles of sustainable development. Examples of this are loam/clay construction research and practice, energy saving construction, experimental housing, and the "Kassel School" of open space planning, which has markedly influenced the residential sector. New specialized courses such as "Construction Management" and "Environmentally Conscious Construction", demonstrate the department’s continued commitment to an ecologically, economically, socially and artistically sound education. User-oriented planning and enhanced design training cultivates a critical, responsible creative approach.

The ASL School is unique in the German-speaking university landscape in that it unifies the three disciplines of architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture under one roof. Their constructive interaction is of vital importance for the quality of the designed environment. The thirty-two subject areas encompass a wide range of issues and ways of working related to spatial planning. An interdisciplinary approach, courses held jointly by the three branches of study, and a high proportion of interrelated teaching and research topics serve as appropriate instruments to ensure the effective meshing of planning and design strategies in the service of responsibility towards society and the environment.