TouchHouse. Smart Living - Communicating Surfaces
February 3-6 2011

A design studio with public opening symposium in cooperation with Busch-Jaeger

The objective of this 4-day design studio is to localise, conceptualise and visualise innovative, palpable approaches – the creation of an opportunity map – for the further development of energy-efficient, intelligent building control, as well as to examine its premises and consequences with regard to architecture, urban space and human behaviour. It commences with an expert symposium on this subject, which is open to the public.

Date: Thursday, February 3 2011, 10am to 7pm
Place: ANCB, Christinenstr 18-19 (Pfefferberg), 10119 Berlin

10.00am – 11.00am
Hans-Jürgen Commerell, Director ANCB

Performance, Interaction, and Architecture
Dietmar Leyk, Visiting Professor Berlage Institute Rotterdam; Owner lwa leyk wollenberg architects, Berlin.

Metamorphosis: Creating the Energy-Efficient Future. The Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi and More
Bernhard Dörstel, Dipl. Ing., Head of Product Management, Busch-Jaeger Elektro GmbH

11.00am – 12.45pm
Drivers of Change. Foresight, Innovation, and the Physical Internet
Duncan Wilson, Associate Director, Arup Foresight Innovation, London

Psychobiology of Light and Darkness
Dr. Dieter Kunz, Head of Department of Sleepmedicine, Charité, Berlin; Director Research Group Sleep Research & Clinical Chronobiology, Institute of Physiology, Charité, Berlin

12.45pm – 1.30pm
Lunch Break

1.30pm – 3.15pm
Weather - Building – User. Influence on Energy and Comfort
Dr. Winfried Heusler, Senior Vice President Engineering, SCHÜCO International KG, Bielefeld

Materials, Technologies, and Future Envelopes
Marcel Bilow, Dipl. Ing., Founder imagine envelope b.v.; Member of the Facade Research Group and PhD Researcher at Delft University of Technology

3.15pm – 3.45pm
Coffee Break

3.45pm – 7.00pm
Physical Interaction Design
Prof. Reto Wettach, University of Applied Sciences, Potsdam; Design Director at IxDS – Interaction Design Studios

Enabling Sustainable Lifestyles: Rethinking Demand Management
Jan-Christoph Zoels, Senior Associate Professor at Interaction Design Institute Ivrea; Founding Partner of Experientia, Turin; Senior Associate Professor at Interaction Design Institute Ivrea

Carlos Alarcon, Project Architect Sauerbruch Hutton Architects, Berlin

Cloudscapes Award Ceremony
All are welcome to attend prize-giving ceremony of Transsolar and ANCB Cloudscapes award (

The energy efficiency of residential and office buildings as well as of entire cities can be significantly increased by means of intelligent and networked technologies. Man enters a new kind of interaction with the built environment here. Digital building control, dynamic spaces and the accompanying challenges for architects, developers and decision-makers are not only a question of technical feasibility and architectural innovative potential. They concern basic human behavioural patterns. Acquired behaviour, needs and wishes as well as social influences determine our usage of space, the communication between man and architecture, the awareness of energy efficient action – and possibly hinder the acceptance of networked and self-regulating technologies.

Thus, it is the interface between the built environment and the user – the communication with the surface – that often hampers the full use of energy efficient building and planning’s potential. So, how can systems be developed that allow for an intuitive handling and an adaptation of behaviour?

  February 3-6 2011
ANCB, Christinenstr 18-19 (Pfefferberg), 10119 Berlin
Format: 4-day design studio with public expert lectures (day 1), intensive group workshop (days 2-3) and presentations of results (day 4)
Design Studio Directors and Staff: Dietmar Leyk, architect, visiting Professor Berlage Institute Rotterdam with Thomas Auer, climate engineer, Transsolar and Daniel Dendra, anOtherAchitect

Busch-Jaeger Elektro as ANCB partner
ANCB is delighted to have found in Busch-Jaeger an ideal research partner that not only has had on their agenda for many years, the latest developments in efficient energy management as well as quality assurance and environmental awareness, but has also brought very valuable solutions that have transformed this field.

Busch-Jaeger is a leading brand in Germany in the field of electrical installation techniques, offering a very comprehensive programme in this area. Moreover, Busch-Jager offers first-rate, individual concepts for comfort- and building-management. The question regarding the development of future technological possibilities hand-in-hand with the design of their interfaces with people, demands heightened observation, precise assessment and innovative, ongoing advancement at all scales, from the interior room to the city. Thus, for Busch-Jager this joint workshop with ANCB provides not only the consolidation of a partnership, but also an extremely qualified medium through which to discover, early-on, a set of contemporary, economic, ecological and cultural development potentials and convert these into into high quality, cutting-edge instruments for the sustainable design of our future environment.

As only limited number of seats are available for the opening symposium, registration is necessary to Admittance is free.

We would like to thank Busch-Jaeger for their generous support.

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