course duration:Self-study course
Instructor:Vivien Franck
Duration:5 weeks


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What is this course about?

Fresh fish and fresh vegetables harvested from your roof, cultivated with treated wastewater from your household – that is the vision of ROOF WATER-FARM (RWF) (2013-2017). RWF explores ways of combining decentralized wastewater treatment with urban food production. The interdisciplinary research project links the fields of architecture, urban design and environmental technology. The project is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the so-called INIS-program.

What do you learn in this course?

  • How household wastewater is treated and re-used on the building level.
  • How fish and vegetables are produced with recycled water.
  • What spatial and resource potential a city offers for urban food production.
  • How a ROOF WATER FARM design looks on different building types.
  • Which management strategies are feasible for future ROOF WATER FARMs.
  • How the implementation of a ROOF WATER-FARM changes the everyday lives of city dwellers.

How is the course structured?

The ROOF WATER-FARM MOOC (#rwfmooc) presents results from four years of research. Here, you can learn everything about the RWF technology and its transferability potentials. You can also spring into action! With the help of four tasks, you can design your own ROOF WATER FARM on a building in your neighborhood. This way, you will perform your own transferability study and become part of ROOF WATER-FARM diffusion into the future city!

  1. Introduction
  2. Technology
  3. City & Transformation
  4. Outlook

Who leads you through the course?

Angela Million

Angela Million

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Angela Million (geb. Uttke), Leiterin des Fachgebietes Städtebau und Siedlungswesen an der TU Berlin und Verbundleiterin des BMBF-Projektes ROOF WATER-FARM.

Vivien Franck

Vivien Franck

M.Sc. Vivien Franck, wissenschaftliche Beschäftige in der Kooperations- und Beratungsstelle für Umweltfragen der TU Berlin (ZEWK/kubus) und Projektkoordinatorin bei ROOF WATER-FARM.

Grit Bürgow

Grit Bürgow

Dr.-Ing. Grit Bürgow, Research and Development coordinator ROOF WATER-FARM, Chair of Urban Design & Urban Development, Institute of Urban & Regional Planning (ISR), Berlin Institute of Technology – TU Berlin.


No previous knowledge is required for this MOOC. Participation is open to all interested parties. The course is designed for interested students from various disciplines as well as architects, city planners, technology providers, planning authorities, politicians, neighborhood managers and the general public.


For all course activities, an average of three hours a week should be scheduled.


In this course, you can get Training certificate.

Cooperation partners

ROOF WATER FARMTU BerlinTU Berlin - online.lehre.teamTU Berlin - Fachgebiet Städtebau und SiedlungswesenTU Berlin - ZEWKTU Berlin - kubus

Supported by

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung - BMBF  


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