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IUDeCS – About us

Building on intensive cooperation in research and teaching in recent years the IUDeCS International Urban Design Competition Studio is a student competition jointly organized by the ISU – Institute for Sustainable Urbanism, TU Braunschweig and the CAUP College of Architecture and Planning, Tongji University.

Technische Universität Braunschweig

Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences

ISU – Institute for Sustainable Urbanism

Pockelsstraße 3, 38106 Braunschweig, Germany

T: +49 531 391-3537

Tongji University Shanghai

College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP)

Department of Landscape

Siping Rd. 1239, 200092 Shanghai, P.R.China

T: +86 13564902765

Technische Universität Braunschweig

Technische Universität Braunschweig is the academic center of Braunschweig, City of Science, which lies in the heart of one of Europe’s most active research regions with a rich tradition and a proven research and teaching profile. TU Braunschweig’s faculties comprise a comprehensive engineering branch and a strong natural sciences branch, closely linked with business sciences, social sciences, humanities and educational sciences. TU Braunschweig is part of TU9 – the group of leading technical universities in Germany.

ISU – Institute for Sustainable Urbanism

“Sustainable Urbanism” These two words represent the biggest challenge and the biggest hope of our generation. The Institute for Sustainable Urbanism (ISU) seeks to explore, co-design, engineer, and promote all strata of sustainable development.

Cities play a crucial role in confronting the challenges of real sustainability in our collective future. By sustainability we mean the long-term viability of our society, encompassing factors such as the social and economic flourishing of people, responsible resource-consumption, livability of the habitat, and the thriving of the natural environment. By urbanism we mean all of the systems, members, and forces, visible and invisible, which constitute today’s interconnected, globalized society.

Cities, after all, are the biggest consumers of natural resources, including human, and also some of the most vulnerable places threatened by climate change. But they are the nexus of power, influence, human and natural resources, culture, ideas, and creativity. As such, cities are key sites of opportunity in making steps toward real sustainability.


Prof. Dr. Vanessa Carlow

Director, ISU – Institute for Sustainable Urbanism, Co-Speaker of TU Braunschweig’s core research area FUTURE CITY


Deputy Head, Research Associate, ISU – Institute for Sustainable Urbanism




Research Associate, ISU – Institute for Sustainable Urbanism

Dr. Katja

Research Associate, ISU – Institute for Sustainable Urbanism


Research Associate, ISU – Institute for Sustainable Urbanism

Tongji University Shanghai

Tongji University was etablished in 1907. It is a comprehensive research university located in Shanghai  and one of the longest-standing, most selective, and most prestigious among the universities in China. Tongji is renowned for its engineering, architecture and business colleges. Tongji is ranked as one of the top universities in the world, whereas the study of architecture at Tongji is considered one of the best in the world and the best in China.

CAUP – College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Department of Landscape Studies (DLS)

The College of Architecture and Urban Planning is one of the first colleges in China with programs in urban planning, historic building protection engineering, landscape studies, and industrial design. Urban Planning is one of the key disciplines in China as well as the city of Shanghai. Currently, CAUP has three departments: the Department of Architecture, the Department of Urban Planning, and the Department of Landscape Studies.

Being one of China’s most influential educational institutions, the most extensive programs among its peers, and the largest body of postgraduate students in the world, CAUP is recognized as an international academic center with a global influence in the academic fields.

Having the responsibility of building harmonious and sustainable environments, we aim to achieve the goal of a world-class educational institution in urban planning, architecture and design. We will carry forward our spiritual traditions, foster international and domestic cooperation, and help to create a bright future for our country.


Prof. Dr. Nannan Dong

Vice Director of Department of Landscape Studies
College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP)
Tongji University