Former runway at Tempelhof Field, Berlin, 2017. Photo © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

urbainable – stadthaltig Sustainability in Construction – Greenwashing or Progress?

Online Discussion

At the end of the exhibition “urbainable – stadthaltig”, which has been closed due to corona conditions, politicians and participants in the show discussed the wide-ranging topic of “Sustainability in Construction – Greenwashing or Progress?” with Matthias Sauerbruch, curator and director of the Architecture Section.

In a live stream on 17 Nov at 7 pm, the participants discussed the current practice in the German and European construction industry in terms of sustainable building and planning. The issues include planning, architectural, technical, process-related, social and political aspects. The experts will ask the following questions, among others: What innovations do we need in which areas in order to achieve appropriate sustainable architecture and cities? How do we measure sustainability, how reliable are certification systems? In which time frames can sustainability be assessed at all? What aesthetic appearance do sustainable spaces need?

At the end of the discussion, clear recommendations to politicians were made.


Thomas Auer
Climate Engineer, Technical University of Munich, Akademie member

Annette Gigon
Architect, ETH Zurich, Akademie member

Christian Kühn
Member of the German Parliament, Spokesman on construction and housing policy, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen

Christine Lemaitre
Chief Executive Officer of the German Sustainable Building Council DGNB e.V.

Matthias Sauerbruch
Architect, Director of the Architecture Section, Moderation

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber
Director emeritus of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Werner Sobek
Structural engineer and architect, Technical University of Stuttgart

Matthias Sauerbruch in conversation with Thomas Auer, Annette Gigon, Christian Kühn, Christine Lemaitre, Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber and Werner Sobek. In German. Online discussion on YouTube.

Further information