Dirk Hebel speaks at ILEK – University of Stuttgart

ilek flyer May 2016Lecture series and workshop at the Institut für Leichtbau, Entwurf und Konstruktion ILEK of Prof. Werner Sobek at the University Stuttgart investigating the theme KONTEXT. Organized and moderated by Irina Auernhammer at May 13th, 2016.

Venice Biennale: GAA Foundation and PLANE-SITE create video interviews with architects for the Venice Biennale – Dirk Hebel advocates for architectural research and sustainable building materials at archdaily.com

archdailyThe Global Arts Affairs Foundation (GAA), in collaboration with PLANE—SITE, is releasing a series of video interviews with architects to be shown as part of the TIME SPACE EXISTENCE Exhibition at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. Dirk Hebel (Switzerland) advocates for architectural research and sustainable building materials.

The videos, each approximately five minutes, mix theoretical and philosophical concerns with personal trajectories of the architects, yielding discussions on where architecture has been and where it is going. According to the organizers, the interviews as a whole “[are meant to] offer a discursive response to Alejandro Aravena’s theme for the 2016 Architecture Biennale, Reporting from the Front.”

The project will be on view at the Palazzo Bembo and Palazzo Mora from May 28, 2016 through November 27, 2016. The interviews which have been released thus-far are available for viewing here and on the PLANE—SITE’s Vimeo channel.

Read more here.

Venice Biennale: Time Space Existence – Architect Dirk Hebel on Designing for Disassembly and Cultivated Materials at architizer.com

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“We define our profession as architects as a combination between design and research,” says Dirk Hebel of ETH Zürich, a university specializing in engineering, science, technology and mathematics in the heart of Switzerland. The architect was interviewed by architectural movie makers PLANE–SITE as part of the “Time Space Existence” collateral exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia 2016, opening up a fascinating debate over the presumed permanence of architecture and challenging all our preconceptions about the life-cycle of buildings.

Read more here.

Professorship Dirk E. Hebel at the Venice Biennale

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The Assistant Professorship Dirk E. Hebel is exhibiting a view into the laboratory entitled “Daring Growth” at this year’s Venice Biennale. As part of the official collateral event TIME-SPACE-EXISTENCE, curated by the Global Art Affairs (GAA) Foundation at the Palazzo Mora, the exhibition will report from the front of research on the potential of cultivated materials for the building industry. Everyone is welcome to join the opening party on 26th and 27th May, 6 to 10pm at the Palazzo Mora.

Bamboo research exhibited at constellation.s in Bordeaux

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“The world is changing, and the ways we live in it are changing too.
 More than ever before, architecture and planning – which provide the conditions for urban living – must be conceived in the light of what is no longer there and what is yet to come.” – arc on reve, Bordeaux

The Assistant Professorship of Architecture and Construction Dirk E. Hebel is exhibiting its bamboo research at this year’s Constellation.s, organized by arc en reve in Bordeaux. “The exhibition is intended to encourage careful thinking to render new conditions for human habitation intelligible; it focuses on initiatives that take the risk of making the future meaningful; and it shares processes of innovation capable of showing us new ways of living in the world.” The display opens on June 2nd and runs through September 25th 2016. For more information, please visit here.

Venice Biennale: Dirk Hebel on Cultivating Materials at world-architects.com

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The first installment in an interview series that explores the philosophical concerns of architects exhibiting at “TIME – SPACE – EXISTENCE,” a collateral event at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, features Dirk Hebel of ETH Zürich.

World-Architects first became aware of the materials research that Hebel and his ETH colleagues having been undertaking when we visited a pavilion he designed for the IDEAS CITY Festival in New York City last year. Made from shredded beverage cartons pressed into wallboards, the striking pavilion featured arched structures resting on wood pallets. That project is visible in this four-minute interview with Hebel, who discusses the broader goals of his research, including the need to grow and cultivate materials rather than mining them. More information here.

Felix Heisel speaks at Cleantech Forum Europe 2016

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Felix Heisel will speak on the panel “How the Construction Business is Transforming Problems into Solutions” at the Cleantech Forum Europe on April 12th, 2016, 2pm – 3pm.

The panels description by the organizer reads as follows:
Hear from experts in the construction field on the latest solutions to creating more optimized buildings. While cement accounts for roughly 5 percent of global CO2 emissions, the industry is re-inventing itself through new and efficient processes and partnerships with innovative startups to not only reverse its environmental impact, but make improvements to the whole supply chain of building development. We will share some case studies and new possibilities in construction – whether it is a new type of binder that improves the mechanical strength of construction materials, new catalytic processes that removes pollutants from the air, or other methods that can sequester carbon while also improving the insulation and energy efficiency of buildings.

Moderated by: Gunther Walenta, Senior Climate Change Manager, LafargeHolcim
Co-Hosted by: LafargeHolcim

For more information, please click here.

Philipp Müller speaks at GreenTech & Materials Symposium in Kuala Lumpur

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Philipp Müller speaks at the Green Tech & Materials Symposium about potential and applications of Bamboo Fiber Reinforced Polymers (BFRP) in the building sector. The Symposium hosted various leading researchers and manufacturers of Natural Fiber Reinforced Polymers, discussing opportunities of bio-based composites in different applications.

FRP based on natural fibers are becoming more and more interesting not only for Automotive Industry but also for the builders. The BFRP which has been developed at the Professorship of Dirk E. Hebel already is able to replace steel in reinforced concrete. Coupled with various other applications this will be presented by Philipp Müller

For more information, please click here.

Felix Heisel speaks at MIECF 2016 in Macau

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Felix Heisel speaks at the 2016MIECF Macau International Environmental Co-operation Forum & Exhibition on April 1st 2016. “Disposing of waste in an environmentally-friendly manner is crucial to business, it also gives rise to a plethora of business opportunities. Thus, apart from welcoming participation from various green industries, 2016MIECF will adopt the theme ‘Green Economy – Opportunities for Waste Management’, and invite specialists and academics to share their techniques and experience in controlling waste streams.” Felix Heisel will contribute his views on waste as a building material. For more information, please click here.

Dirk Hebel juror for the `MaterialPREIS 2016`

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Dirk Hebel will be be one of the jurors for the MaterialPREIS 2016. “Ziel des materialPREIS ist es eine öffentliche Aufmerksamkeit zu erlangen, die die Bedeutung von Materialität und deren Einfluss auf die räumliche Gestaltung und somit auf das menschliche Bewusstsein aufzeigt. Ausgezeichnet werden herausragende Materialien, die den definierten Kriterien der jeweiligen Kategorie in hohem Maße entsprechen.” More information here.

a+u publishes `Building from Waste` in Japanese

a+uThe publication Building from Waste (Hebel/Wisniewska/Heisel; Birkhäuser, 2014) will be published by a+u in Japanese. The book provides a conceptual and practical look into materials and products which use waste as a renewable resource for architectural, interior, and industrial design. The inventory ranges from marketed products to advanced research and development, organized along the manufacturing processes: densified, reconfigured, transformed, designed and cultivated materials. ”Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Recover“ is the sustainable guideline that has replaced the ”Take, Make, Waste“ attitude of the industrial age. Based on their background at the ETH Zurich and the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore, the authors provide both a conceptual and practical look into materials and products which use waste as a renewable resource. More information here.

Dirk Hebel speaks at Columbia University`s Embodied Energy and Design Symposium

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Dirk Hebel speaks at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) on April 22, 2016 at the symposium Embodied Energy and Design. The event frames embodied energy—defined as the sum of energy required to produce, transport, assemble, and dispose of any building element—in the context of broader design ecosystems and architectural issues. Organized by David Benjamin, GSAPP. More information here.

EMPA commissions Professorship Dirk E. Hebel and the Werner Sobek Group to build new NEST Unit

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The Federal Institute of Material Science and Technology EMPA commissioned the Professorship Dirk E. Hebel and the Werner Sobek Group Stuttgart to build a NEST Unit in Dübendorf with the theme “Urban Mining”. “Resource shortages, greenhouse gas emissions, polluted drinking water and much more are all symptomatic of a throw-away mentality in a society that produces more waste by the day and scatters it in the environment. The Urban Mining unit tackles this mindset head-on and sees waste as a goldmine of new materials.” More information  here.

Cambodian Schoolhouse project enters next phase

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As of March 2016, a project team of ETH students and architects formed to continue the planning process for the Cambodian Schoolhouse project. After a successful design semester in fall 2015, Smiling Gecko Foundation, the initiator and client of the project, decided to coninue the work with the Professorship of Dirk E. Hebel and support the formation of a planning team. Construction work is scheduled to start in November 2016 in the village of Melanork, two hours north of Phnom Penh.

First encounter with `Building for Disassembly`

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As a first encounter with the studio theme of `Building for Disassembly`, students took 24 hours to dismantle a car in its 5000 single pieces. While doing so, an investigation started in order to understand which construction and connection principles are adequate for a disassembly approach and could be transferred into an architectural design process. Walter Haase of Werner Sobek`s Insitute of Lightweight Design and Construction ILEK at the University of Stuttgart, gave impressions of their current research approaches in the field and showed the potentials for the building industry. Directly after the dismanteling happened, students started to deepen their knowledge on the found architectural potentials with the first excercise of the semester, this time with a time frame of one week.

Spring Semester 2016: Ressource Stadt – Building for Disassembly

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We are planning 140 new apartments together with the Gemeinnützigen Bau- und Mietergenossenschaft Zürich (GBMZ) in District 4 in Zurich. We design our buildings according to the principle of „building for disassembly“ in order to allow not only their construction but also the complete dismantling and hence the genuine reusability of all materials.

For more information about the studio, please click here.
To register, please use the ETH platform (ETH students only)

Seminar Week Spring 2016: Zukunft des Bauens – eine Rundreise

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We travel to Switzerland and southern Germany, in search of groundbreaking approaches in the production of buildings. It is the goal to understand technical frameworks and to experience the built reality and today’s opportunities in terms of prefabrication and energy issues.

For further information, please click here.
To register, please use the ETH platform (ETH students only).

SUDU publication

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On December 01, 2015, Ruby Press Berlin publishes SUDU, Research and Manual, edited by Dirk E. Hebel, Melakeselam Moges and Zara Gray.  SUDU—the Sustainable Urban Dwelling Unit—is a full-scale prototype for an affordable, two-story house built with local materials and traditional building techniques in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. Developed in a collaborative endeavor between the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development and ETH Zurich, SUDU ties in with the rich tradition of loam construction while at the same time taking a fresh look at how to adapt this tradition to contemporary needs.

Recapitulating SUDU’s idiosyncratic construction process in two lavishly illustrated volumes, this publication details the building techniques employed, such as rammed earth, mud bricks, and timbrel vaulting. The first volume additionally explores the history of Ethiopian architecture, the postcolonial nature of its current construction industry, and the challenges of the country’s rapid urbanization. The second volume, a manual with more than 600 detailed drawings and instructions, demonstrates how to build a house, step-by-step, with the most readily available building material—earth.

Bamboo: The Green Reinforcement

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Public lecture by Alireza Javadian, PhD researcher in the Assistant Professorship Dirk E. Hebel at the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore, on November 26th at  ENAC | School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering at EPFL in Lausanne titled “ Bamboo, The Green Reinforcement “. This talk introduced the research on new bamboo composite materials carried out at Advanced Fiber Composite Laboratory in Singapore and Zürich, featuring high tensile capacity composites with applications for building and construction sector.

Waste Vault exhibited at Bauarena Volketswil

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Selected exhibition pieces of the architektur0.15 Werkschau are on display at the Bauarena Volketswil from November 2015 until 15th January 2016, including the New York Waste Vault by the Assistant Professorship Dirk E. Hebel and the Block Research Group. A public tour will be held on December 8th at 6:30 pm where the project authors will be present and explain their designs to interested visitors.

For further information, please visit www.bauarena.ch

Die Stadt der Zukunft at Treffpunkt Science City

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Public Lecture by Felix Heisel as part of this years ETH Treffpunkt Science City “Rohstoff Erde” on 15th November 2015. Titled “Die Stadt der Zukunft”, the lecture will address waste as a resource for resilient future cities in the hope for a paradigm shift where we stop to distinguish between waste and supply.

The full program of the ETH Treffpunkt Science City can be found here.

Bamboo research on DEZEEN

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World Architecture Festival 2015: bamboo could “revolutionise the building industry” and replace steel as the dominant reinforcing material, according to a professor who is working on new applications for the grass. Speaking at WAF in Singapore today, Dirk Hebel said that bamboo fibre could be used as a more sustainable and far cheaper alternative to steel on construction sites. “This has the potential to revolutionise our building industry and finally provide an alternative to the monopoly of reinforced concrete,” Hebel said.

Read the full article here.

2015 Autumn Seminar Week in Cambodia

As part of the ongoing design semester “Cambodia Village School”, the Assistant Professorship of Architecture and Construction Dirk E. Hebel organised a seminar week touring Cambodia with 38 ETH students. Traveling from Angkor to the booming capital city of Phnom Penh, the group learned about the country’s specific social structures, climatic conditions and local building materials.

New York Waste Material Pavilion at architektur_0.15

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The Assistant Professorship of Architecture and Construction Dirk E. Hebel and the Block Research Group Prof. Philippe Block are exhibiting the New York Waste Material Pavilion which was designed for the 2015 IDEAS CITY FESTIVAL in NYC at the architektur_0.15 exhibition in Zürich from 31. October to 03. November.

From the curator:
“Are Swiss architects only capable of designing boring buildings?” asked Felix E. Müller, editor-in-chief of the NZZ AM SONNTAG newspaper in his lead article, and went on: “The building boom is plowing up our towns. Unfortunately, the new buildings all look the same. There is no spark of originality, sensuality or experimentation.” Is that really true? We don’t think so. And so in 2014 we staged our third “architektur” exhibition in the 3,500m² Maag EventHall in Zürich, in part to prove that Felix E. Müller really had got it wrong.

The aim of the “architektur” exhibition is to provide a representative image of the many different facets of Swiss national architectural work. The “architektur” exhibition offers the largest platform for networking and exchange between architects, customers, suppliers and the general public.”

Detailed information here or on Facebook.

ILEK Stuttgart – Alternativen Konstruieren

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Public lecture of Asst. Prof. Dirk E. Hebel at the Institut für Leichtbau Entwerfen und Konstruieren ILEK in Stuttgart on October 12, 2015 at 17:30pm.