• 02/07/12 aAnews , education , lecture


    Buildings are responsible for about 50 % of the countrywide energy consumption. The EU-carbon roadmap is envisioning a 90% carbon reduction of the building sector until 2050. This requires a re-clad- ding of the entire building stock within the European Union – other countries will certainly follow.

    Combined with insulation, fabrics can potentially play a significant role in this re-cladding task (fabric composites / high tech fabrics like used for outdoor clothing). Fab- ric re-cladding systems could potentially be inexpensive, provide a relatively fast installation and has an “adjustable” esthetics.

    In collaboration with KOLON and Imagine Group

    Join us on the 4th of July at the AEDES gallery in Berlin!

    guest experts: 

    Marcel Bilow (Bucky Lab / TU DELFT)

    Uli Knaack (TU Delft / Imagine Envelope)

    Holger Techen (Imagine Structures)

    Philipp Baumeister (Pratt Institute)

    Dagmar Richter (Pratt Institute)

    Christiane Sauer (FORMADE)

    Christoph Gengnagel (UDK Berlin)

    SUH Architects (Seoul)

    Daniel Dendra (anOtherArchitect, Berlin)

    Thomas Auer (Transsolar)

    register for the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/109002179243120/

  • 24/01/12 aAnews , education , interview # , , ,

    FutureCityLab explained in a film

    The FutureCityLab trailer is finally online. It´s a collage of interviews of many of the network members explaining their ideas behind the project: swarm intelligence 😉

    As you can see in the movie the weather in Berlin was not ideal this winter for filming. At the day of the shooting it was 5degrees, rainy and very windy. I guess you can see it in my eyes ..

    In case you are not familiar with the FutureCityLab project you can read a short description below.

    We wish for you to join the open-source platform Future City Lab and collectively THINK THE UNTHINKABLE. Participate, share knowledge, establish synergies and create a sustainable roadmap to give rise to the future city 2.0 by 2050.

    Climate Change, rapidly growing megacities and the need for new energy sources are challenges we can leverage to develop cities that are vibrant, energy-efficient and sustainable. In the spirit of TED, ftr.ct.lb is a platform for open discussion; using the power of collective ideas to shape a future vision of the city 2.0.

    Future City Lab is an open-source initiative created by a worldwide collaboration of leading engineers, universities and scientists using crowd sourcing in order to launch a sustainable future by 2050.

    Cities all over the world are facing the biggest challenge in history to immediately and drastically reduce CO2 emissions to combat climate change. Cities need to respond to increasing temperatures, frequency of storms and limited resources. The trend of people moving from rural to urban areas makes cities the focal point in the search for solutions.

    City 2.0 adapts to the climate, is built sustainably realizing a CO2 neutral building stock, and is liveable for 2 billion new inhabitants. Increased density is addressed through the optimized use of façades as vertical parks or for energy generation.

    This requires a massive change within a short time. To meet these challenges leading engineers, universities and scientists worldwide collaborate to initiate the Future City Lab. By sharing their knowledge and leading discussions about possible solutions, a comprehensive roadmap takes shape. This roadmap will function as a springboard for planners to find solutions and establish the planning directives needed today.

    Future City Lab is aiming to revolutionise the design of our future living and city environment. Visions, research results and specialized knowledge are made public for students and experts. By using a web-based platform everyone in the world can participate to investigate, design and illustrate visions in selected cities solving their specific problems. The visions are created for a real site in a city; first the current conditions are shown and then transformed to a sustainable concept of the site. Users may comment and contribute to the visions as a starting point for professional discourse within a mosaic of ideas accessible to everyone.

    Urban planning is the design of the unfinished; it is a process that is driven by change. Focusing on collective participation all authors and web users may participate in the development of City 2.0. Take part in shaping the future – join ftr.ct.lb

    Universities already in the ftr.ct.lb network: Alghero Italy, ESA Paris, ETH Zürich, UPenn, TU Delft, Syracuse NY, Ryerson Toronto, IUAV Venezia, ANCB Berlin.

    FutureCityLab explained in a film
  • 04/01/12 aAnews , education # , ,

    guest critic at UDK Berlin | Design | Prof. Axel Kufus

    I was invited as a guest critic at a presentation of student work on the topic INSTRUCTABLE VIDEOS for a new logo for human rights.

    The logo is the result of a crowd sourcing competition at Jovoto and was financed by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is representing a mix between a dove and a human hand. The task of the students is to create a viral video that is spreading the logo worldwide or that is instructing them to re-draw, re-construct, re-play the logo.

    It was very interesting to discuss about viral videos and the needs of a logo for such a precious goods such as human rights.

    The workshop is led by Prof. Axel Kufus (UDK Berlin) and media artist Daniel Schulze (bitsbeauty).

    find out more information on human rights and on the logo competition


    see the student work here:


    guest critic at UDK Berlin | Design | Prof. Axel Kufus