“It’s not about speculation and visions,” Werner Sobek emphasises in his farewell lecture entitled “The Boundary Conditions of the Future“. The sounding out of future developments must be based on scientific methods and findings, especially in times of rapidly progressing climate change. Better communication between the different scientific disciplines is particularly important here. Only through precise language and clear definitions of the terms used can we avoid confusion and uncertainty. The building sector plays a particularly important role here, as it causes a very large share of global resource consumption, mass waste generation and climate-damaging emissions. Planners therefore have a particularly great responsibility – but at the same time they also have the leverage to achieve important changes in a short time.
On 25 May 2023, after almost three decades of teaching at the University of Stuttgart, Werner Sobek gave his farewell lecture to an audience of more than 900. After around 90 minutes, Werner Sobek said goodbye to the stage for the last time as a lecturer to a standing ovation. For all those who could not be there, we have documented the event and are now showing various excerpts from Werner Sobek’s speech. In the first of a total of five films, our company founder talks about climate change and its consequences. He explains why interdisciplinary discussion is so important and what responsibility the building industry has for global warming.