Built and Lived Environment (BLE)

  Project diagram © Frank Kemper  

Making our living environment more sustainable, climate-friendly and resource-conserving in the future

Project diagram © Profilbildung BLE

In the Built and Lived Environment (BLE) project, researchers from five faculties at RWTH Aachen University have joined forces to contribute their expertise in architecture and engineering, humanities and social sciences, economics and humanities to collaborative research on the transformation of the construction industry. New answers to questions of sustainable, decarbonized and climate-neutral construction are to be found through inter- and transdisciplinary perspectives. The focus is on linking architectural and construction technology approaches with those of economics, sociology of technology and medicine, as well as focusing on spatial aspects of the transformation. BLE aims to find solutions that go beyond technological innovations and are spatially and socially integrated. Actor-oriented methods are systematically incorporated into research and development.

The Bridging Professorship Gender & Diversity in Engineering is involved in the focus project "Experimental Space Human-Building-Quarter". With the help of mixed-methods research projects, interactions between people, buildings and neighborhoods are investigated and approaches for the creation of healthy living environments under the effects of climate change and resource scarcity are developed. Within the framework of BLE, the GDI is planning (research) projects in the field of empowerment and participation in the context of "people-space-neighborhoods" and taking into account gender and diversity aspects as well as the RRI dimensions.


The Built and Lived Environment profile is supported by the "Profilbildung" funding program of the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia


2023 to 2026


Sustainable Development Goals

SDGs 3,5,9,10,11, 12, 13 © UN

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals illustrate the combination of economic, ecological and social goals and thus create a holistic and integrated perspective on the necessary fields of action for sustainability. The aim of the BLE profile development is to investigate interdependencies between the SDGs in the "experimental space of people-buildings-quarters".

Learn more about the GDI´s teaching and research activities on the following Sustainable Development Goals:

SDG 5: Gender Equality

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

SGD 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

SDG 13: Climate Action