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Austrian summer school shares pioneering approach at Futurebuild

Visitors to Futurebuild can learn
about the unique attributes of the Green.Building.Solutions. summer university,
which has become a magnet for architects and building professionals who want to
understand how to put the environment first in their careers.

Representatives from
OeAD-Housing Office will be at the London expo to share insight and information
on the award-winning programme, from the Advantage Austria pavilion, stand number

Green.Building.Solutions. (GBS)
takes place in Vienna this year from July 20 to August 11, with the city
providing a live case study in passive house developments and sustainable,
smart city expertise.

In 2018, GBS attracted 42
participants from 27 different countries to the Austrian capital, and with all
study and social activities carried out in English, the not-for profit programme
is well-suited to participants from the UK and Ireland.

This year the OeAD-Housing
Office – part of Austria’s national agency for international mobility and
cooperation in education, science and research – will once again provide a
unique opportunity for global collaboration between like-minded individuals.

Participants develop new
skills and inspiration to design and build sustainable cities, through workshops,
lectures, fact-finding visits and also gain insight from world-leading

The knowledge accrued is then
channelled into a group work project, where teams design homes of the future,
with the environment in mind.

The project work brings
together different elements of international thought, with features including a
greater emphasis on social interaction and connectivity within buildings,
measures to adapt to a changing climate and the innovative use of sustainable

are limited for the programme, which is relevant to students and professionals
alike in the fields of architecture and the built environment,
including construction management, project management, building engineering and

Günther Jedliczka, CEO of the OeAD-Housing
Office, said: “GBS attracts like-minded people who aspire to make
the world a better place through the built environment.

“Those taking part gain the
understanding and inspiration to apply their learning throughout their careers
and build an international network of other professionals with the same outlook.”

Run in association with six
national partners who contribute to the content, including Vienna’s BOKU
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences and the Vienna University of
Technology – and supported by a further 21 universities around the world – the
course is priced at €2,490 for professionals and €2,000 for students.

This cost includes all social
activities, lessons and tours, as well as accommodation for participants
throughout the duration of GBS in one of OeAD’s passive house student residences
– giving an added perspective to participants’ experiences in Vienna.

The accommodation is also included
as part of the fee for almost a week after the programme, enabling those taking
part to explore the city at leisure.

well as GBS, the
OeAD-Housing Office also
operates the Alternative Economic and
Monetary Systems programme (AEMS).

analyses how economic, political, monetary and environmental factors need to
change to be more sustainable and takes place from July 24 to August 9, 2019.

More details about GBS can be found at https://summer-university.net/study-abroad/green-building-solutions-vienna/