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Sustainable Building: New Urbanity and Climate-adapted, Liveable Cities

Gebäudebegrünung © Jacob Nolte

On the 19th of June 2024, the "Sustainable Building" lecture series organised by the Brandenburg Chamber of Architects and the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam will focus on the topics of green surfaces, roofs and façades and will present innovative solutions for cooling urban spaces.

In the coming years, cities will increasingly suffer from overheating due to climate change and dense urbanisation. In his presentation, expert speaker Jacob Nolte will explain that the key to solving this problem may lie in the utilisation of transpiration cooling. He will discuss various forms of greening, including green roofs and façades, noise barriers, underground car parks and mobile trees and shrubs. He will place particular emphasis on water storage in order to maximise the necessary irrigation of the plants and thus the cooling effects.
Nolte will highlight the many benefits of greening buildings, ranging from protecting buildings and saving energy to improving the microclimate. The lecture will also emphasise the importance of greening roofs, walls, paths and squares for the urban climate and temperatures, which goes far beyond improving the quality of urban life.

Personal details
Jakob Nolte has made a name for himself as a trained biologist, passionate botanist and biodiversity specialist. The ambassador of the UN Decade for the Restoration of Ecosystems and lecturer at Justus Liebig University Giessen won the 2021 national "Jugend forscht" competition. With his expertise, he works with numerous institutions throughout Germany and develops projects on biodiversity and ecosystem restoration.

Expert speaker: Jakob Nolte, botanist and biodiversity specialist
Guests on the podium:
Claus Herrmann (hochC, Berlin),
Dipl.-Ing. Marco Schmidt (University of Technology Berlin),
Lara Brenner (student of the Department of Architecture and Urban Design, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam)
Moderation: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Prytula (University of Applied Sciences Potsdam)

> When: 19th of June 2024, ATTENTION / TIME CHANGED 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm
> Where: ATTENTION / LOCATION CHANGED Lecture hall (main building/room 067) of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and in the livestream
External registration via the Brandenburg Chamber of Architects
Registration for university members by e-mail to


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Prytula
Research professor for resource-optimised and climate-adapted construction
Head of Urban Future (M. A.)