Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning


The Master of Science Degree Programme REAP – “Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning” is an international and interdisciplinary programme at HafenCity University Hamburg that is concerned with sustainable planning on different scales.

It aims to enable participants to promote sustainable architecture and urban development in different geographical and cultural settings.

Lectures and seminars are grouped around the central project work: real-time, real-world case studies, in which students, with help and guidance from faculty, develop recommendations and solutions for applied tasks. 

The REAP programme consists of 17 study modules taught over 2 academic years. During their studies, REAP students will obtain knowledge and skills within the following areas:

- Sustainability  
- Water, Material and Energy Cycles in the city 
- Resource efficient urban technologies and infrastructure  
- Economics and administration of buildings and urban services  
- Legal and policy instruments  
- Urban Planning on different scales
- Skills development: dimensioning, preception, assessment
  and decision making in the field of sustainable
  resource technologies
- Research methods and decision support techniques

REAP is not an architectural design course.

The master course is not focused on a single discipline -
it is interdisciplinary and
follows an integrative and multidimensional planning approach.


REAP - Project II 2020

In Project 2 in the 2nd semester students have to prove that they are able to work on bigger and interdisciplinary exercises in a short fixed period with a challenging workload of 10 creditpoints. The main emphasis of the projects is the independent work of the students and are carried out as a group work. However, due to the corona virus the summersemester 2020 was very special. All inputs and achievements had to be realized in a digital format and an on-site final poster presentation was not possible. Because of the high quality of work that was done by the students during the whole course we decided to show up with some examples of the created posters in this module. The posters represent a nice summary of the findings. Please follow the link to have a closer look:

Example 1
Example 2
Example 3


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