September 26-27


Better Schools, Better Cities – Workshop: Integrated Sustainable Design for Schools

It goes without saying: Education is the most fundamental pillar for creating sustainable societies and cities for tomorrow! What is required? Both, high-quality teaching as well as conducive, healthy and comfortable learning environments. Well-designed schools are catalyzers for children’s education.

The GENIUS project’s mission is to further promote knowledge for sustainable design for school buildings and leverage the potential that Germany and China have in this regard. Quite some best practice cases of school buildings already exist. However, the potential to do more and better is still huge! The vision: that high quality sustainable school buildings become the norm.

Therefore, we would like to invite you to join our mission and in a first step, take part at our GENIUS Workshops. Share your experience with school buildings with peers from China and Germany from various perspectives: education professionals, decision makers, headmasters, planners, architects, engineers, operators and more. The workshops will not only showcase successful examples of schools built with this approach including benefits and process, but also, participants will be able to deep dive in a design and planning process simulation: the first day will focus on the user benefits, including participatory needs assessment, while the second day will focus on the collaborative planning and design process.

After the workshops, a thriving WeChat community will be moderated, to provide support with best practices and in depth information of sustainable building from Germany and China.

WHEN: 26-27 September
WHERE: Hamburg House Restaurant Shanghai (1/F, 399 Baotun Lu)
HOW: The interactive workshop is fully facilitated by Magali Menant and Katja Hellkötter, Co-Founder of CONSTELLATIONS International Co., Ltd. and will be held bilingually in Chinese and English. Including experts’ input, discussions and group sharings.
WHO: Anyone interested in building better schools for the next generation is welcome! Education related professionals, decision makers, school headmasters, teachers, architects, planners, engineers, researchers, operators, etc.
WHO IS BEHIND: GENIUS is one of ten international projects in the frame of the “City of Tomorrow” campaign of Germany´s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), which aims to create networks and exchanges internationally to find answers to most pressing urban challenges.

We kindly ask you to confirm your presence with Ms. Verena Richter at by September 15th, 2017 or call 021 34282191 for more information.

Download the full invitation in English here, in Chinese here.