Technische Universitaet Berlin

TU Berlin and CHORA conscious city

The Technische Universität Berlin looks back over a long and distinguished tradition of teaching and research. In 1799 its most important predecessor, the Building Academy, was founded. In 1946 the university was re-established under the name of Technische Universität Berlin. The seven faculties of the university offer approx. 100 study programs from the fields of engineering and natural sciences, economics and business, planning sciences, humanities and the social sciences. Enrolment at TU Berlin was 30,000. Nearly  33 percent of the students are women and 20 per cent are foreign citizens. The students are instructed by ca. 330 professors and an academic staff of about 3.000. TU Berlin employs a total of about 8.500 people in administration, laboratories and academic facilities, making it one of the largest technical universities in Germany (3/2015). Third-party funding in 2014 amounted to more than € 178 million Euro.

The TUB has a professional EC Funding Support Service that has long-standing experience in the administration of EC grants (FP 7: 211 contracts, Horizon 2020: 43 contracts).

CHORA conscious city was established by Professor Raoul Bunschoten at Technical University Berlin (TU Berlin) in 2011. The group has a long-term commitment to developing new methods for architectural design and urban planning that help mitigate and adapt to the challenges of climate change.

CHORA conscious city initiated the Smart City Platform at TU Berlin in 2013, a research platform aiming to mobilize the university’s wide-ranging expertise in the Smart City field and partner with cities and city districts to inform and advance their Smart City strategies. The group is also active in the Flagship Programme Smart Sustainable Districts, part of Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community (Climate-KIC) of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) that is working towards delivering innovative solutions to climate change via a dynamic alliance of European partners drawn from academia, industry and the public sector.

CHORA conscious city teaches architectural and urban design courses actively engaging in questioning the current appropriation of the Smart City concept by the technocratic aspect of the practice. CHORA aims at counteracting this trend by developing projects that put the profession of urban design back to the centre of the (smart) city discourse.


Professor Raoul Bunschoten Dipl. Arch. (ETH), M.Arch. (Cranbrook)

Professor Raoul Bunschoten Dipl. Arch. (ETH), M.Arch. (Cranbrook)

Raoul Bunschoten is Professor of Sustainable Urban Planning and Urban Design
at the TU Berlin. He is a specialist in Smart City planning and is involved in a range of Smart City and low carbon developments in China, both with academic and central government partners, as well as with local authorities. He is a Member of the board member of the Flagship Programme Smart Sustainable Districts, part of Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community (Climate-KIC) of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT). Special research areas at the TU Berlin are the creation of the Conscious City Lab, an interactive urban performance space for the study of complex dynamics in urbanism, especially Smart City development, and the Urban Gallery, an interactive planning support tool for Intelligent City Systems. He is founder and director of CHORA, an architectural design and urban planning group.

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