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“Critical dialogue and exchange of knowledge through cross-cultural and geographical contexts is one of the most important strategies in shaping architectural education in the 21st century. At a time when global society is facing the Covid-19 pandemic, we are forced to think even more profoundly about a number of topics about the future of our cities. The first HERSUS event aimed at sharing knowledge and strengthening the capacity of teachers and students is the Seminar entitled “Teaching through design for Sustainability of the Built Environment and Heritage Awareness”. On February 18th and 19th, our Consortium brought together leading educators in the field of sustainability and heritage in a virtual environment and became a central arena for generating new perspectives of development in accordance with HERSUS values and goals.
Over two days, the event gathered participants from 26 countries, thus enabling the project to reach a wider international audience.
In the Seminar, seven Keynoters lectured regarding the project scope within three main topics: Reconstruct, Reuse, and Resilience, while representatives from five Consortium schools presented specific Teaching Methodologies.
The seminar successfully resulted in exchanging different professional expertise, methodologies, and approaches between the partner organisations, as well as discussing the direction of their development and implementation in the following project activities and existing study programs.
This publication aims to systematically provide insight into the content of the Seminar and includes: (1) Abstracts of the Keynote Lectures, (2) Abstracts of Teaching Methodologies Presentation, and (3) Transcribed Round Table Discussion. All these elements represent a valuable record for further HERSUS activities.
We would like to thank all the participants of the Seminar – keynoters, representatives of the Consortium, educators, researchers, practitioners and students across Europe who with their presence supported us in the official launch of the HERSUS project to a wider audience.”
Excerpt from Introduction