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Dortmunder Modell

The two academic courses ‘Architecture and Urban Design’ and ‘Civil Engineering’ are joined together at the Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering of the TU Dortmund University. The close integration of the two disciplines is a distinctive feature of this Faculty, which is particularly noticeable in the interdisciplinary approach of education, a teaching concept known as the ‘Dortmunder Modell’. Engineers and Architects are trained together as part of the ‘Dortmunder Modell’. Thus, the "Modell" combines the two large professions of Architects / Engineers, which have been separated since the 19th century, in one Faculty. The aim is both to convey the subject-specific, economic, technical-scientific, artistic and practical-conceptual principles for Architecture and Civil Engineering, as well as offering an interdisciplinary education by cooperation between both fields. The holistic concept of construction is strove for through practical projects. In both professions in their requirements, careers and professional profiles are subject to change, yet the construction industry remains a central field in economic activity. Due to the cross-linked professional cultures of Architects and Engineers in the ‘Dortmunder Modell Bauwesen’, the Faculty encourages an evolution in a comprehensive teaching and research between traditional vocational and technical boundaries. All academic studies at the Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering include joint projects (P1, P2 and P3) as interdisciplinary design workshops. The teaching elements of the degree programs of Architecture and Civil Engineering joined in the Modell are aligned in time and content to the projects. During the first semesters of the Bachelor programs, prospective Architects and Civil Engineers will be made familiar with the principles of different subjects in common lectures. Students will work on two projects in the Bachelor and one in the Master degree. Usually, two to three students of each discipline work at a project task. Each student is required to submit his or her subject specific individual part. A review of the performance level is evaluated through colloquia. Mentoring of students takes place regularly in small groups by representatives of several disciplines. Furthermore accompanying lectures are offered.



Project 1: Single Family House or Apartment Building

The first project is treated in the fourth Bachelor semester and supervised by the chairs of Principles and Theory of Architectural Construction and Structural Design. The aim of the first project is that the students become familiar with the application of specialized knowledge and its extensions in the context of a manageable task of the construction of a house. This early entry in planning - even before the necessary instruments is completely communicated in the course of studies - results in the following benefits to students: Early acquaintance of creative, constructive, functional and economic contexts and dependencies in building design, timely acquaintance of cooperation between the various disciplines, motivation for independent acquisition of knowledge and skills through application of specific planning tasks, professional appropriation by exemplary learning, development of a holistic solution without over-emphasis on individual aspects of design.



Project 2: Hall / Frameworks (Office, Administrative or Commercial Buildings)

The second project is located in the 6th semester of the undergraduate programs. The Chairs Architectural Construction, Concrete Construction and Steel Construction, as well as Building Physics and Building Services provide the mentoring. Students practice designing and constructing of a complex Building task corresponding to the progress of studies in interdisciplinary teams (i.e. ball sports hall, fire brigade center, commercial hall). The knowledge emerging from interaction and the articulation of respective problems for project partners as well as the awareness for the joint attempt of finding a solution are important, and thus the experience of the design process as a goal- and success-oriented technical cooperation. Furthermore, during the project students learn: Methodology and organization of the design process (from urban design to engineering), compliance with time limits of intermediate deadlines for the completion of preliminary drafts, final design and engineering, presentation of own work on public colloquia in front of a larger audience (plans, models, presentation).


Project 3: Engineering Structures (Bridge, Stadium, Sky-scraper)

The Project 3 is offered for all students in the 2nd semester of the Master degree. The planning task covers Engineering constructions. The aim is for students of the three Master degree programs (Architecture and Urban Design, Civil Engineering, Real Estate and Construction Management) to find a common and holistic solution for the given construction task that meets functional, technical, design and economic terms. The chairs of Structural Design, Concrete Construction and Steel Construction, in cooperation with the Chairs Architectural Construction and the Chair of Principles and Theory of Architectural Construction, as well as the Chair of Construction Management, Chair of Real Estate Management and the Chair of Building Technologies supervise the P3.




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