The sbe22 berlin D-A-CH conference as part of the SBE conference series campaign 2021 – 2023 will be hosted by the Natural Building Lab of TU Berlin in cooperation with KIT Karlsruhe, ETH Zürich and TU Graz. Based on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, participants at the hybrid conference in September 2022 will discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by current transformation projects and processes at local and regional levels.

As part of the SBE network, researchers will have the chance to make links between local approaches and wider regional, continental and global trends. The conference will provide a designoriented, architectural and urban planning entry point to a broad inter- and transdisciplinary debate on the following themes: resource management and material flows, climate neutral buildings, post-fossil infrastructures, critical digitalisation and socio-political frames for transitions. These themes represent key solution fields to address sustainability challenges within the planning, construction and real estate sector. 

The conference will take place in Berlin at the center of the rapidly expanding metropolitan region of Berlin-Brandenburg, supplying a multitude of topics from the German-speaking region and the surrounding EU states. These will be discussed alongside complimentary themes from the countries of the global south, where sustainability discourse is confronted with rapid urbanisation processes and population growth. A special focus should be placed on a global understanding of the planetary boundaries, which necessarily puts European trends in sustainable planning in connection with the economic contexts but also the effects of climate change on countries in the Global South.

sbe22 berlin is to bring together and network the diverse communities of researchers, practitioners, decision makers and civil society to critically discuss cutting edge research as well as innovative policies and practice, based on the planetary boundaries model. The conference will address different scales, disciplines and approaches, ranging from product development and manufacturing, building design, and civil engineering to urban and regional planning.

With: Clara Kraus, Kim Gundlach, Laura Wetzel, Lisa Kolkowski, Eike Roswag-Klinge, Sinali Lal