With increasing awareness of the effects of growing and constantly changing economic, ecological, social, political, and economic polarization, the desire for a new social paradigm based on more sustainable lifestyles, quality of life, social integration, environmental awareness, and active participation of residents in decision-making is growing worldwide. The "Design-Build Program" at Social Impact Studio @PBSA/ University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf and Design.Develop.Build @RWTH Aachen experiments with innovative learning methods that integrate practical teaching as a concept within the usually mostly theoretical academic curriculum. This methodology has developed a new study and research typology: Bachelor’s and Master’s students learn to implement their ideas 1:1 and move from theory into practice. The participating students complete all planning and realization phases of a construction project - from the first sketch to detailed planning, 1:1 mockup, realization, monitoring of costs and construction time, and long-term construction supervision. The collaboration of different universities, institutions, and chambers is an essential program component and supports the direct experience of the concept "Build Together - Learn Together.” The questions and concurrently the objective is the achievement of interdisciplinary competence, imparted beyond pure factual knowledge. The challenge of the program fosters the strengthening of self-responsible action and an understanding of the value of one's work; it promotes experimental design and team competence, and last, the participation in collective social community processes.