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.

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.

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.

Dirk Hebel juror for the `MaterialPREIS 2016`

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Dirk Hebel was nominated to 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.

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.

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As part of the design studio “School Project Cambodia”, 34 students of ETH completed in the first week of the new semester a pavillion structure out of bamboo. Here, material properties and construction detailing questions stood in the foreground of the investigation. The students had 6 hours for a small design competition, 1 minute to present their ideas and 7 days to build two of the designs, after the group voted for the ones to be realized. Eike Roswaag, Andrea Klinge and Emmanuel Heringer helped the students with their knowledge and expertice and gave also lectures on school projects the group realized in various locations around the globe.

Top Science Award for Alireza Javadian

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Aliriza Javadian, PhD student in the Hebel Research Group at the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore, wins top distinguished award in the 2015 Singapore Challenge: The Science of Future Cities for his research on Advanced Fiber Composite Materials. The Singapore Scientific Challenge 2015 is jointly organised by A*STAR, NUS, NTU, SMU and SUTD as part of A*STAR’s Science@50 initiative to mark a half-century of excellent science in Singapore on her 50th birthday. It seeks to promote engagements and collaborations amongst the wider scientific community and to raise the level of scientific thought leadership in Singapore.

World Architecture Festival 2015, Singapore

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Two public lectures by Asst. Prof. Dirk E. Hebel at the occasion of the World Architecture Festival in Singapore on November 04 and November 05 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. From the organizers: “World Architecture Festival is the world’s largest international architectural event. It includes the biggest architectural awards programme in the world, dedicated to celebrating excellence via live presentations to delegates and international juries. This year’s programme 50:50 will examine how architecture and urbanism have changed during the last 50 years, how predictions have been fulfilled or denied, and how we think will change in the next 50 years.”

Sand – ein Baumaterial mit Zukunft?

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Public lecture by Asst. Prof. Dirk E. Hebel at the occasion of the exhibition “Wie Sand am Meer”, ERES-Stiftung München, on October 08, 2015. “Der Rohstoff Sand scheint unerschöpflich. Doch verschlingen heute vor allem Stahlbetonbauten der Megacities, Straßenbau und Landgewinnung solche Mengen, dass Bausand zur knappen Ressource wird. Durch die wachsende Nachfrage lohnt es sich inzwischen, Sand zu stehlen und zu schmuggeln. Insbesondere in Entwicklungsländern wird unkontrolliert abgebaut, Strände werden abgetragen, Flüsse geschürft und Meeresböden ausgebaggert. Engagiert und kenntnisreich geht die Münchner Künstlerin Stefanie Zoche verschiedensten Facetten dieses Themas nach. In eindringlichen Bildern und überraschender Formensprache formuliert sie die Gedankenlosigkeit und Widersprüchlichkeit unseres Umgangs mit der kostbaren Ressource Sand. Ein Großteil der gezeigten Skulpturen, Installationen und Videoarbeiten sind im Auftrag der ERES-Stiftung entstanden. Mit dem Projekt setzt die Stiftung ihren Ausstellungszyklus zum Thema Anthropozän fort und lenkt den Blick auf einen bislang wenig beachteten Aspekt des menschlichen Eingriffs in Geo- und Biosphäre.” (Bild und Text: Stephanie Zoche)

focusTerra – lecture series

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Public lecture by Asst. Professor Dirk E. Hebel, September 23, 2015, 6pm. “Mineralische Rohstoffe bilden die Grundlage unseres täglichen Lebens. Ihre Verfügbarkeit ist für uns selbstverständlich, und der weltweite Verbrauch nimmt stetig zu. Was sind die langfristigen Folgen unserer zunehmenden Nutzung nicht erneuerbarer Rohstoffe? Welche Herausforderungen kommen auf uns zu?”

World Bamboo Congress

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Keynote speech by Asst. Prof. Dirk E. Hebel at the World Bamboo Congress in South Korea on September 20th, 2015. From the organizers: “In the last 20 years, the WBC as a series of Sessions & Demonstrations has grown to attract participants from more than 30 countries around the world, including world-renowned experts in bamboo design, construction, and architecture. For any professional that works with this amazing natural resource — whether a botanist, biologist, horticulturist, architect, artist, designer, businessperson, government representative, non-profit organization, or economist, the WBC has been an ideal opportunity to meet and develop collaborations in research and development, project or business development, while at the same time, advancing the social and environmental goals derived from the various applications of bamboo.”

World Sustainability Forum

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Public lecture by Asst. Prof Dirk E. Hebel at the fifth World Sustainability Forum in Basel, Switzerland on September 7th, 2015. From the organizers: “The 5th World Sustainability Forum aims to be a platform for researchers to present and engage with research-relevant stakeholders on issues relating to sustainability. We seek to contribute to policy-relevant, change-oriented, and transdisciplinary research and collaboration from science and technology, the life sciences, and the social sciences.”