Center for Architectural Heritage and Infrastructure

Department for Building and Environment

Our Aims

Today, high-quality preservation of existing structures and infrastructures is the main challenge facing the building sector. The Center for Architectural Heritage and Infrastructure dedicates its teaching and research activities to balancing the conflict between architectural and cultural heritage preservation on the one hand, and ecological, economic and usage-specific requirements on the other. Energy optimization, construction technology, cost effectiveness aspects versus authentic and dignified building and site preservation must be carefully weighed based on painstaking analyses before new, sustainable, strategic preservation and conversion concepts can be developed and ultimately implemented.

 

Our Core Competencies

The issue of historic buildings’ energy efficiency is one of the topial questions the Center for Architectural Heritage and Infrastructure is working on, both in teaching and in research. The parameters at the forefront are technical and constructive adaptations appropriate for the buildings concerned, as well as suitable usage concepts that must be consistently integrated into project planning as a whole. The latest planning tools are used at this.
Variant studies based on evaluating a building’s components according to constructional, ecological, economic and cultural heritage aspects are essential for decisions as to the best solutions, in particular in the case of large or unconventional buildings. This work also involves strong synergies between the Center’s teaching and research activities.
Developing strategic measures for managing historic cultural landscapes, settlements and infrastructures – including world heritage sites – and their authentic development are immediately integrated into the research conducted in the programs run by the Center.

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