Architecture de crise – Seminaire théorique

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Public lecture of Asst. Prof. Dirk E. Hebel on December 02, 2014 at HEPIA, Geneva, Switzerland. The seminar investigates the potential of crises or emergency situatiuons and their impact on the transformation process of our environment, architectural culture, or art to build.

Building from Waste exhibition at Baumuster Centrale

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A selection of twenty alternative construction materials produced from waste will be on display at the Baumuster Centrale Zürich until January 15th 2015, to be experienced hands-on. The material samples are part of the recent publication “Building from Waste – Recovered Materials in Architecture and Construction” by Dirk E. Hebel, Marta H. Wisniewska and Felix Heisel.

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Public lecture by Asst. Prof. Dirk E. Hebel at the Technical University Munich (TUM) on Thursday, November 27, 2014, focusing on alternative materials and their application in architecture and construction. Next to the well-known concept of recycling, the talk will focus on other aspects of material cycles. Densifying, reconfiguring, transforming, designing, and cultivating are some of the areas, the research of the Assistant Professorship of Architecture and Construction Dirk E. Hebel is concentrating on.

AUFGERÄUMT «Bauen aus Müll»

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Public lecture “Building from Waste” by Felix Heisel and Marta H. Wisniewska on Thursday November 27, 2014 at the Baumuster Centrale in Zürich, Switzerland. The event, combining a talk and a small exhibition of selected waste materials, explains the approach of the Professorship of Architecture and Construction Dirk E. Hebel to understand waste as a possible resource for the construction of future cities. “The city of the future does not distiguinsh any more between waste and resource”. Quote by Mitchell Joachim

Bamboo Composite at Gewerbemuseum Winterthur

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The Chair of Architecture and Construction is exhibiting its bamboo composite material in the exhibition “Magie des Einfachen” (The Magic of the Simple) at the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur from 16th November 2014 to 29th March 2015. Featuring the Brazilian Alvaro Abreu and the German Hans Hansen, the exhibition shows a variety of bamboo applications in the fields of art and construction. More information directly from the museum here and below:

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Der Brasilianer Alvaro Abreu schnitzt Löffel aus Bambus, Hunderte, Tausende, seit vielen Jahren. Erst in einer späten Lebensphase hat er damit angefangen. Jeden Tag einen Löffel, immer aus einem einzigen Stück Bambus, keiner ist wie der andere. Der renommierte deutsche Fotograf Hans Hansen hat sich in seiner fotografischen Arbeit eingehend mit dem Werk von Alvaro Abreu beschäftigt und hat unzählige Bambuslöffel sortiert, geordnet und in einen Rhythmus gebracht, mal in strenger Balance, dann wieder in chaotischer Zufälligkeit. Das Gewerbemuseum Winterthur holt Alvaro Abreus Reich der Bambuslöffel gemeinsam mit den fotografischen Arbeiten von Hans Hansen als Schweizer Premiere nach Winterthur.

Latex Concrete Prototype in Addis Ababa

The Assistant Professorship Dirk E. Hebel and the BLOCK Research group have built a Latex Concrete Roof Prototype in Addis Ababa at the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development as part of an ETH Zürich Seminar Week in October 2014. The video shows a time lapse of the construction within 2 afternoons, utilizing a bamboo frame sub-structure, local fabrics and latex concrete.

Bamboo Composite with Haute Innovation in Cologne and Jönköping

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In collaboration with Haute Innovation, the Chair of Architecture and Construction exhibited its bamboo composite material at two recent international material fairs: from 21st to 23rd October at the Orgatec 2014 in Cologne, Germany as part of the Smart Office Materials exhibition, and between 11th and 14th November at the Subcontractor 2014 in Jönköping, Sweden.

EiABC and Assistant Professorship for Architecture and Construction present alternative housing concepts to the Addis Ababa Housing and Construction Development Board

On October 20th 2014, Bisrat Kifle, Fasil Giorghis and Dirk E. Hebel presented alternative housing concepts to the Addis Ababa Housing and Construction Development Board as part of the ongoing research project ADDIS 2050 The aim of the project is the construction of 5`000 low cost housing units to shelter relocated citizens within the inner city of Ethiopia’s capital, preserving existing social and economic networks. The presented typologies resulted in an overwhelming feedback for EiABC and the ETH, featured in the national evening news on the Ethiopian Broadcasting Network EBC. The short clip can be seen below in Amharic.

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Marta H. Wisniewska and Felix Heisel presented at World Sustainable Building Conference

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At this years World Sustainable Building Conference, the Chair of Architecture and Construction Dirk E. Hebel presented two papers. In Session 48, Felix Heisel talked about “Bamboo Reinforcement – a Sustainable Alternative to Steel”, while Marta H. Wisniewska presented “Waste – a Resource for Sustainable and Resilient Future Cities” in Session 90.

Brown Bag Lunch Talk of Asst. Prof. Dirk E. Hebel at Schweizer Baumuster-Centrale Zürich

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On thursday, October 30th, 12:15pm, Asst Prof. Dirk E. Hebel will give a brown bag lunch talk at the Schweizer Baumuster-Centrale on the research of alternative building materials at ETH Zürich and FCL Singapore. For more information please visit www.baumuster.ch

Assistant Professorship Dirk E. Hebel exhibits at architektur_0.14

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The Assistant Professorship of Dirk E. Hebel exhibits it`s research at architektur 0.14 in Zürich under the theme “More innovation, please!”.  For more information please visit: www.architektur-schweiz.ch

Building from Waste Book Vernissage and Exhibition

Building from Waste has been successfully launched and is now available online and in book stores. Together with the book vernissage, also the exhibition Building from Waste was opened on October 8th 2014 at the Baubibliothek at ETH Hönggerberg.

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Simulating Incremental Housing at Hybrid Highlights Seoul

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Can a social housing program only provide a structural frame? Will inhabitants start to activate their own skills and financial means to fill this structure according to their needs and desires? And how could this look like? The experimental research project Simulating Incremental Housing is following these questions by implementing a proto-typology of such a structure in a developing settlement in the heart of Addis Ababa’s no-income zones. The simulation tool allows to speculate on different materials and construction methods how such a structure could be populated and used by its inhabitants.

Exhibition Dates: Thursday 9 October to Monday 8 December, 10:00 – 18:00

About the Exhibition
Although long under way, the hybridization of art and science presents itself as the most significant challenge for society today. The boundaries between the sciences are poorly delineated and those between art and science are as well. However, these poorly delineated boundaries form commonly shared areas where the stull unknown can be explored and where points of suture between disciplines can be made. It is here that artistic and scientific forms of knowledge begin to merge and are allowed to develop into hybrid formations which bear new knowledge and offer unique experience. And if hybridity is the landmark of artistic and scientific practice, the exhibition “Hybrid Highlights” is indicative of such hybridized territory that goes beyond art and science while exploring and expanding through the possibilities offered from the still “unknown” of the poorly delineated

Zumtobel Group Award 2014 in the category Applied Innovations for Assistant Professorship Dirk E. Hebel

The international expert jury for the Zumtobel Group Award 2014 has rewarded  the Assistant Professorship of Architecture and Construction Dirk E. Hebel in the category Applied Innovations a second place for its research on Bamboo Composite Materials. The team around Felix Heisel, Mateusz Wielopolski, Alireza Javadian, Tobias Eberwein, and Karsten Schlesier works together with REHAU under the lead of Dragan Griebel on this innovative new building material. From the jury review: “At ETH Zürich, a team of researchers is tapping into bamboo’s potential by exploring new types of composite bamboo materials. Bamboo fiber is extracted and mixed with biological based adhesives. With the help of a hot press, a new material can be produced, which can have desired shape. It is water resistant, repellent to any insect or fungi attacks and the mechanical properties such as thermal extension or ductility can be controlled. It can be used for specific applications that best take advantage of the material’s tensile strength, such as reinforcement systems in concrete or beams for ceilings and roof structures.”

For more information, please click here.

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Future Cities Laboratory Exhibition at ETH Main Building curated by Assistant Professorship Dirk E. Hebel

The research community at FCL shows momentarily an exhibition at the ETH Hauptgebäude to engage in their most recent work and also present a retrospective view over the past four years. The Exhibition – entitled Research, Outcomes, and Prospects – showcases the context, findings, products, and methods of the diverse research projects undertaken in FCL. The Chair of Architecture and Construction (Marta H. Wisniewska, Felix Heisel and Prof. Dirk E. Hebel) has been responsible for the curation and design of the exhibition together with the FCL management and collaborated with Tobias Klauser, who has realized and logistically organized the show over the past weeks and months in Zürich.

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Photos by Marta H. Wisniewska