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Summer Semester 2021
Seminar week: Digital tools within the design process
How to digitize the building site and surroundings without plans? How to quickly 3D construct and present my creative ideas? How to successfully visualize my designs and concepts at a high level? – Questions to which we would like to share specific knowledge during the seminar week.

The compact course includes strategies for all essential milestones in the design process. From the site analysis to the final draft ready for presentation.

The methods within the seminar week deal with the analog/digital transition. And, in reverse, “design to production”. The interplay between hand, gut and head is equally challenged. We will explore digital design tools and strategies in order to handle a more complex design process faster and to simplify it significantly. Visualization methods will be complemented with important Photoshop skills. There will be consecutive theoretical input per day. A hands-on exercise with partial modules and afterwards a reflection in the group.

The goal is to get to know tools and strategies and to network in the group community. You will get to know each other and us, even in digital times, and make important contacts for your future as architectural designer

Winter Semester 2020
Building the future!
A demonstrator for sustainable construction in cooperation with Wacker Chemie AG

Demonstrators in the building sector serve to place new vectors into the future and to generate potential fields. It is vital that innovations are encouraged that will help to reduce the environmental impact of building components as well as increase their durability, recyclability and sustainability.  In the vision of a future-orientated construction industry we have to find new solutions in developing and applying novel and sustainable construction materials and techniques. 

By developing a demonstrator for the future building industry, the students get the chance to develop scenarios for construction applications for a circular construction economy. Scenarios that adapt to new conditions and do not consume raw materials, but only use it and return it to its original state after the life cycle of the construction. After a research on existing demonstrators the students will collect materials and construction methods which fulfil specific criteria for a sustainable and circular economy. In a further phase of the seminar, the students will design the demonstrator and bring their research into practice.

Wacker Chemie, as the collaborator of this seminar will give the students the opportunity to realize their best design concepts.

Winter Semester 2020
Circular Contruction Methods

In a joint seminar, construction methods are to be investigated and documented that can guarantee the future deconstruction of buildings by type and thus form the basis of cycle-based construction. At the beginning the basics and principles of joining and designing a future recycling economy will be taught. Based on this topic, historical and current construction methods will be examined, which can be deconstructed, reused or recycled after their use in the building.

The Seminar is a cooperation between Professership for Building Construction and Design, Prof. Luwig Wappner and the Professorship for Sustainable Construction, Prof. Dirk E. Hebel.

Summer Semester 2020
Rammed earth – from technology to application

Joint seminar of the Professorships of Building Technology, Prof. Rosemarie Wagner and Sustainable Construction, Prof. Dirk E. Hebel

In a joint seminar, the basics and principles of building with rammed earth are taught. In a first approach on a theoretically level and built examples. Based on this, practical exercises and the teaching of applied techniques in loam are taught in practical steps. Finally, the course offers the opportunity to create a real object near Freiburg in the form of an intense workshop on site.

More Information (Reader) here.

Winter Semester 2019
Local Material, Local Design, Local Built

In the seminar “Local Material, Local Design, Local Built” the students did an intensive research in local resources such as the Buntsandstein of the Pfälzer Wald, wood from the Black Forest or gravel along the Upper Rhine. The type, quantity and composition of the resources, as well as their extraction and use, were investigated with regard to their sustainability. In the winter semester, these research results will be used for further consideration and innovative presentation of the materials, products and craft processes. What role do locally available resources play within architecture and what potential do they offer for the future? The insights gained in the seminars are integrated into the collection and reorganization of the material library.

Summer Semester 2019
Local Material, Local Design, Local Built

A Research through Local Resources. What is local? What is a resource? Where are resources available? In which forms and quantities? How are they mined, produced and processed? Which suppliers are there? Are the materials really sustainable? What are the criteria? Are they useful? What is the potential of reusable and recyclable materials?

In two consecutive semesters, the seminar “Local Material, Local Design, Local Built – A Research and Design Journey through Local Resources” deals with methodical answers to these questions and an innovative representation of the materials, products and craft processes from the material sample to the prototype.

Winter Semester 2018
Build up!
Innovative building materials through ceramic 3D printing

After having been used for a long time for pragmatic construction solutions, ceramics are now gaining a new significance within architecture, thanks to a series of innovative technologies. Digital fabrication, computer-controlled burning kilns or the use of robotics in the construction of buildings have led to different fields of application and appearances. These latest developments enable architects to link material and functional systems which go far beyond the standard building material in terms of construction, function and aesthetics.

Generative technologies also offer high potential in terms of resource-efficient production. This is because the additive manufacturing process only makes material necessary where it is required due to aesthetic criteria and mechanical stress.

The seminar deals with traditional and new manufacturing methods for ceramic materials, shows current approaches in the construction industry and introduces material research in a playful and empirical way. After an initial research, the material ceramics will be researched in an experimental way. The aim is to develop a ceramic building material that can be printed using a ceramic 3D printer in Karlsruhe’s Majolika.

Summer Semester 2018
Abbau / Anbau / Aufbau 

Mit steigenden Bevölkerungszahlen wächst auch der Bedarf an Materialien und Ressourcen immer weiter an. Aktuell wird in vielen Branchen nach innovativen Ansätzen zur nachhaltigen Rohstoffnutzung und einer konsequenten Schließung der stofflichen Kreisläufe geforscht – zum einen angetrieben durch die ökologische Notwendigkeit, zum anderen auch ganz pragmatisch durch wirtschaftliche Aspekte.

Das 21. Jahrhundert wird einen radikalen Paradigmenwechsel in der Herstellung von Baumaterialien verlangen. Die vorherrschende Mentalität unsere Baustoffe aus Minen zu gewinnen ist an einen un-nachhaltigen Punkt gekommen: wir wissen, dass Materialien wie Sand, Blei, Zink oder Kupfer nur noch wenige Jahrzehnte in den Minen der Erdkruste zur Verfügung stehen und nicht regenerativ sind. Während die Industrialisierung zu einer Umwandlung von regenerativen zu den beschriebenen nicht regenerativen Materialquellen geführt hat, wird unsere Zeit den umgekehrten Weg einschlagen müssen: eine Verschiebung hin zur Kultivierung, Aufzucht, Vermehrung und Wachstum von künftigen Ressourcen. Diese Klasse von Ressourcen für den Bausektor können entweder im konventionellen bodengestützten landwirtschaftlichen Rahmen oder in spezifischen Zuchtbetrieben/Laboren unter Verwendung von Mikroorganismen kultiviert werden. Daneben wird die Bedeutung von Recyclingmaterialien weiter steigen. Die Stadt muss hier als die neue Mine zur Gewinnung von Rohstoffen betrachtet werden.

Die kritische Auseinandersetzung mit den gängigen Baumaterialien sowie die Forschung bezüglich alternativen und innovativen Materialien für die Architektur sind konkreter Bestandteil der Lehre am Fachgebiet Nachhaltiges Bauen. Das Seminar befasst sich mit der Problematik schwindender Ressourcen, zeigt aktuelle Lösungen der Bauindustrie auf und führt in die Praxis der Materialforschung ein. Nach einer anfänglichen Recherche, wird ein ausgewähltes Material in experimenteller Arbeitsweise erforscht, dabei entwickeln die Studierenden eigene Versuchsreihen. Ziel des Seminars ist es das Material in eine Anwendung zu bringen.


Wintersemester 2017/18 

From Mining to Cultivation

Durch die Industrialisierung hat sich unsere Bauindustrie verstärkt auf mineralische, endliche Materialquellen konzentriert. Das 21. Jahrhundert ermöglicht und fordert nun einen Paradigmenwechsel: eine Umorientierung vom Abbau zum Anbau unserer Materialressourcen. Das Ziel der gemeinsamen Seminararbeit mit Vorlesungen, Diskussionen, Referaten, Experimenten und einer abschließenden schriftlichen Arbeit ist es die Potenziale und Anwendungsmöglichkeiten kultivierter Baumaterialien innerhalb einer nachhaltigen, industrielle Bauwirtschaft zu beleuchten. Ein besonderes Interesse liegt hierbei auf neuartigen, ungewöhnlichen und gewachsenen Materialalternativen.

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Fall Semester 2012 FCL Singapore
Constructing Waste

Hundreds of tons of waste are produces in Singapore every day. These wastes represent an invaluable pool of resources, which could be activated by rethinking their designs. The ‘hands on the material’ seminar CONSTRUCTING WASTE will interrogate the concept of up-cycling strategies in order to minimize the overall refuse amount being produced in Singapore. The focus on design questions should create second life cycles for otherwise waste products.

 
 

       
 
 
 
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
Fakultät für Architektur
Institut Entwerfen und Bautechnik

Professur Nachhaltiges Bauen
Englerstr. 11, Geb. 11.40, Raum 25
D-76131 Karlsruhe
 
Tel: +49 (0)721/608-42167
 
 
 
Recent Publications:  
 

    RoofKIT – How do we build in the future?

    June 13, 2022

    Lenz, Daniel, Regina Gebauer, Dirk E. Hebel, and Vanessa Falletta. 2022. “ROOFKIT: WIE BAUEN WIR IN ZUKUNFT?” Polis Online. June 10, 2022. https://polis-magazin.com/2022/06/roofkit-wie-bauen-wir-in-zukunft/.

     
     

    The Solar Decathlon Europe 21/22 in the Mirker Quartier is open to visitors

    June 13, 2022

    Christoph, Johanna, and Marvin Rosenhoff. 2022. “Der Solar Decathlon Europe 21/22 im Mirker Quartier ist für Besucher geöffnet.” Westdeutsche Zeitung. June 10, 2022. https://www.wz.de/nrw/wuppertal/wuppertal-solar-decathlon-europe-21-22-ist-fuer-besucher-geoeffnet_aid-71171755.

     
     

    What about recycling?

    June 8, 2022

    Kries, Mateo, Jochen Eisenbrand, and Mea Hoffmann, eds. 2022. “Wie steht’s mit dem Recyceln?” In Plastik. Die Welt neu denken, 190–95. Weil am Rhein: Vitra Design Museum.

     
     

    Event: Solar Decathlon Europe 21/22

    May 3, 2022

    Team RoofKIT (2022), “Veranstaltung: Solar Decathlon Europe 21/22”, in: polis – Urban Development, January 2022, p. 85

     
     

    Wood-Veneer-Reinforced Mycelium Composites for Sustainable Building Components

    April 11, 2022

    Özdemir, Eda, Nazanin Saeidi, Alireza Javadian, Andrea Rossi, Nadja Nolte, Shibo Ren, Albert Dwan, Ivan Acosta, Dirk E. Hebel, Jan Wurm, and Philipp Eversmann (2022), “Wood-Veneer-Reinforced Mycelium Composites for Sustainable Building Components”, in: Biomimetics 7, no. 2: 39, March 2022, https://doi.org/10.3390/biomimetics7020039, URL: https://www.zukunftbau.de/projekte/forschungsfoerderung

     
     

    Interview: 3 questions to Dirk Hebel

    March 21, 2022

    Müller, Judith, and Dirk E. Hebel (2022), Drei Fragen an Dirk Hebel, in: KIT-Zentrum Mensch und Technik, March 2022, URL: https://www.mensch-und-technik.kit.edu/dreifragenanhebel.php

     
     

    Becoming recyclable. The city as a regenerative resource

    March 19, 2022

    Hebel, Dirk E. (2022), Kreislauffähig werden. Die Stadt als regenerative Ressourcein: Bauwelt, Re-Use, ed. 6.2022, 15 March 2022, p. 16-19, URL: https://bauwelt.de/rubriken/betrifft/Kreislauffaehig-werden.-Die-Stadt-als-regenerative-Ressource-3744598.html

     
     

    Plant-based data centers

    March 15, 2022

    Judge, Peter (2022), Plant-based data centers, in: Data Centre Dynamics Ltd (DCD), 17 March 2022, URL: https://www.datacenterdynamics.com/en/analysis/plant-based-buildings/

     
     

    Stone on stone, mycelium or wood?

    March 10, 2022

    Schneeweiß, Ulrike (2022), Stein auf Stein, Pilz oder Holz?, in: Helmholtz Klima-Initiative, 03 January 2022, URL: https://www.helmholtz-klima.de/aktuelles/stein-auf-stein-pilz-oder-holz

     
     

    The Real Estate Industry needs a Master Plan for Circular Construction

    February 28, 2022

    Werth, Hans-Jörg (2022), „Die Immobilienwirtschaft benötigt einen Masterplan für zirkuläres Bauen“, in: Handelsblatt inside REAL ESTATE, 22 February 2022

     
     

    Innovative biological building materials

    February 16, 2022

    Hebel, Dirk E. (2022), “Innovative biologische Baumaterialien. Pilze als neuer Baustoff zum Schließen der Ressourcenlücke”, in: BauPortal, Fachmagazin der Berufsgenossenschaft der Bauwirtschaft, February 2022, p. 14-16

     
     

    Pure towards the Future

    January 31, 2022

    Hebel, Dirk E. (2021), Sortenrein Richtung Zukunft, in: Materialreport 2022, Raumprobe OHG (ed.), December 2021, p. 6-11

     
     

    Material/Research

    January 31, 2022

    Hempel, André, Eva Hermann, Verena Kluth and Helga Kühnhenrich (ed. BBSR) (2022), “Material/Forschung”, in: ZUKUNFT BAU Forschungsförderung, 2022, p. 10-13

     
     

    Now it’s Round & Old and New Building Materials

    January 31, 2022

    Braune, Anna (2022), “Jetzt geht’s rund – Circular Economy bei der Planung und im Bauen”, in: Deutsches Architektenblatt, DAB Regional Baden-Württemberg, 02/2022, p. 10-11

    Renz, Gabriele (2022), “Alte und neue Baumaterialien: Stroh-Wand Pilz-Ziegel Baum-Decke”, in: Deutsches Architektenblatt, DAB Regional Baden-Württemberg, 02/2022, p. 12-13

     
     

    Roofkit – How do we build in the future?

    January 26, 2022

    polis (2022), “ROOFKIT – WIE BAUEN WIR IN ZUKUNFT?”, in: polis online, 26.01.2021, https://polis-magazin.com/events/event/roofkit-wie-bauen-wir-in-zukunft/

     
     

    Changes in the Building Industry & Harvesting and Seeding Building Material

    January 10, 2022

    Hebel, Dirk E. (2022), “Wandel im Bauwesen”, in: Deutsche Bauzeitschrift, 01|2022, p. 36

    Hebel, Dirk E. and Felix Heisel (2022), “Baumaterial ernten und säen”, in: Deutsche Bauzeitschrift, 01/2022, p. 40-44

     
     

    Architectural Education for the Age of Circular Construction

    January 10, 2022

    Blümke, Katharina, Daniel Lenz, and Dirk E. Hebel. 2021. “Architekturausbildung für das Zeitalter des zirkulären Bauens.” LUST AUF GUT(e) VIER WÄNDE – REPUBLIC OF CULTURE  Special: Rund ums Bauen und Wohnen, October 29, 2021. https://www.lust-auf-gut.de/magazine-previews/blaettern/lust-auf-gut-magazin-special-rund-ums-bauen-und-wohnen-34/.

     
     

    A Future for the Building Stock

    December 10, 2021

    Schoof, Jakob (2021), “Eine Zukunft für den Bestand (5): Umbauprojekt RoofKIT für den Solar Decathlon Europe”, in: DETAIL online, 09.12.2021, https://www.detail.de/artikel/eine-zukunft-fuer-den-bestand-5-umbauprojekt-roofkit-fuer-den-solar-decathlon-europe/

     
     

    Café ADA – Solar Decathlon in Wuppertal: Two Visions for the Renovation

    December 10, 2021

    Haus-, Wohnungs- und Grundeigentümer-Verein in Wuppertal u. Umgebung e.V. (Hrsg.) (2021), “Café ADA. Solar Decathlon in Wuppertal: Zwei Visionen für die Sanierung”, in: hausundgrund – Magazin für Haus- und Grundstückseigentümer, ed. 10/21, p. 22-27

     
     

    The Architecture of Waste – Design for a Circular Economy

    November 29, 2021

    Hebel, Dirk (2021), “Afterword”, in: The Architecture of Waste – Design for a Circular Economy”, 2021, p. 232-233

     
     

    Myco-Architecture: Building with Mushrooms

    November 18, 2021

    Sigmund, Bettina (2021), “Myko-Architektur: Bauen mit Pilzen”, in: DETAIL, 6.2021, p. 32-35

     
     

    Cultivating Cycles

    November 18, 2021

    Himmelreich, Jørg (2021), Round Table with Dirk E. Hebel, Folke Köbberling and Martin Kaltwasser: “Kreisläufe kultivieren”, in: Das Magazin der SCHWEIZER BAUDOKUMENTATION, 06-2021, p. 18-21

     
     

    lookKIT – The magazine for research, teaching, innovation

    November 2, 2021

    Fuchs, Stefan (2021), Interview with Sandra Böhm, Daniela Schneider and Dirk E. Hebel: “Wir müssen einfacher, intelligenter und sortenrein bauen”, in: looKIT, 03/2021, p. 10-14.

    Wiebe, Sandra (2021), “The Future City as Resource Supply” (about RoofKIT), in: looKIT, 03/2021, p. 34-37.

    Link, Regina (2021), “Das Bauwesen braucht eine radikale Wende” (about Architects for Future Karlsruhe) , in: lookKIT, 03/2021, p. 46-49.

     
     

    “The time of mycelium will come”

    November 2, 2021

    Backhaus, Anne (2021), “Die Zeit der Pilze wird kommen”, in: Energiewende-Magazin, Nr. 9/2021, p. 46-55.

     
     

    Interview: With the future design of reversible buildings, cities can become their own material reservoir

    June 25, 2021

    Hebel, Dirk E., and Cordula Rau (2021), Cordula Rau im Gespräch mit Dirk E. Hebel: Mit der künftigen Konzipierung rückbaubarer Gebäude können Städte zu ihrem eigenen Material-Reservoir werden, in: architektur. aktuell: the art of building, June 2021, p. 14-15.

     
     

    Urban Mining and Circular Construction

    June 1, 2021

    Heisel, Felix, Dirk E. Hebel, (Ed.) (2021), Urban Mining und kreislaufgerechtes Bauen. Die Stadt als Rohstofflager, Stuttgart: Fraunhofer IRB Verlag, 2021.

     
     

    Bricolage: Renewable building materials

    June 1, 2021

    Hebel, Dirk E., and Jenny Keller (2021), Bricolage 3: Nachwachsende Rohstoffe, in: werk, bauen + wohnen, Materialkreislauf, 5-2021, p. 30-31.

     
     

    Green architecture or green fairy tales?

    May 12, 2021

    Welzbacher, Christian (2021), Grüne Architektur oder grüne Märchen?, in: Deutsches Architektenblatt, NACHHALTIG, 05/2021, p. 16-21.

     
     

    Building as materials cycle

    May 6, 2021

    Hebel, Dirk E., and Angela Kratz (2021), Bauen als Stoffkreislauf, in: IBA Magazin No. 4, Heidelberg für alle, April 2021, p. 24-25.

     
     

    Recycling through leasing

    May 6, 2021

    Angélil, Marc, Sarah Graham, and Cary Siress (2021), Recycling through leasing, in: Constructing Sustainability, Lafarge Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, 2021, p. 36-37.