This is a preliminary programme. As the website will be updated with (location and track specific) information during the summer holidays, we advise you to check the website at least a few days before the start of the semester!

Break-out mind map session: ethics and intercultural communication

Dr. Roberto Rocco

Welcome to an international and diverse faculty! Women empowerment, globalization, European integration, the emergence of economies in the Global South, and many other cultural and economic trends mean that our faculty is more diverse than ever. In many ways, we are at the forefront of diversity. But in some aspects, we lag behind. Diversity is a big opportunity, but it also comes with a few challenges. It means we need to learn how to work, interact and appreciate people who are very different from us. Cultural and other differences mean that we have a diversity of worldviews, but it also means that people are sensitive to different values and expectations from education. We invite you to consider diversity as an asset, and to value the variety and richness of the human experience, also in education! In order to explore these aspects, we invite you to this Break-out mind map session.

In small groups, you will draw mind-maps of what you consider important values in the context of (studying) architecture/urbanism/landscape architecture/building technology/management in the built environment/geomatics, personally and in a professional setting. You will discuss these mind-maps with fellow students. More infocan be found here.

English proficiency session

John Heintz & Gregory Bracken

English is another cookie – or biscuit!

The great benefit of using English as a common language is that it is very flexible. There are many varieties: British, American, Canadian, Australian, Dunglish, Chinglish, and more. We accept them all. But whatever flavour you give to your English, we aim for high standards. Your expression should be clear, accurate and engaging. In this session, we will give some pointers about common mistakes in expression and how to avoid them. You can improve your English a lot by paying attention to just a few points. We will be talking about over-elaboration, qualifying clauses, clichés and jargon, false friends, gender-neutrality, active writing, redundancy, non-sequiturs, argument and syllogism, and conventions for use of capital letters, abbreviations and numbers. And we will point to sources and exercises that will help you to improve, whatever your starting point.

Interactive lecture on ethics of architecture and the built environment

Part 1

Prof. dr. S. Roeser

The introduction session will start with a characterization of ethics and moral thinking in general. It will introduce you to some basic ethical notions and theories and how they are relevant for evaluating cases from Architecture and the Built Environment.

Part 2

Dr. T.W. Stone

Building on the morning lecture, we will show on the basis of some examples how ethics can be applied to engineering, technology and innovation and more specifically to issues in the field of architecture and the built environment. It is explained how we may innovate responsibly and design for moral values. This session will serve as a background for the assignment that follows afterwards.

The workshops will end with a wrap-up session.