FIX IT! Sustainable Materials and New Technologies


In the wake of the climate emergency, we need to reduce the impact of everyday urban life on resources, from the scale of the individual to an international approach. In this context, ANCB will investigate new materials and technologies that will play a key role in design and planning to reach sustainability goals and exemplary applications that can contribute to health and comfort, including limiting waste, helping our ecosystem and increasing affordability.

Further, the programme will ask to what extend product prototypes turn out to be relevant for the urban planning, building, design and fashion industries to explore potentials and new systems. Digital tools will increasingly enable industries to produce on a mass scale and yet be versatile, flexible and able to create customised components. The programme will thus also examine if interdisciplinary design and fabrication processes can hold a key for a new type of digital craftsmanship to trigger innovations in design. It also entails considering the building façade as the 'second skin' to cross-feed ideas from architecture to functions of other design disciplines.


LIVING PROTOTYPES. Digital Fabrication Processes and Prototypes for Resource-Conscious Living Spaces with German Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR), Zukunft Bau Innovation Programme, Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen; University of Stuttgart; Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Barcelona
Collaborative Project: 27 September 2021. Video recording

ALL GOOD(S) - CIRCULAR FASHION. New Materials in Architecture, Design and Fashion for a Future Circular Economy with the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin
Policy Dialogue: 1 October 2020. Video recording

ALL GOOD(S). New Materials in Architecture, Design and Fashion for a Future Circular Economy with the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin
Lab Talk: 9 September 2020. Video recording

Towards a Healthy City #2: The Building Scale with UNStudio, Amsterdam
Lab Talk Series: 28 February 2020. Video recording

Dialogabende Holzgeschichten with weberbrunner architekten, Zurich/Berlin
Exhibition Talk Series: 6, 13 and 20 December 2019

Towards a Healthy City #1: The Urban Approach with UNStudio, Amsterdam
Lab Talk Series: 20 September 2019. Video recording

Designed for Humans. From Álvaro Siza’s Modernism into the Digital Future with CAMERICH, Beijing
International Symposium in Shanghai: 8 September 2019. Video recording

OSLO: Small City, Big Ideas. Green Leadership and People-Centered Development with the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Berlin
Lab Talk: 4 June 2019. Video recording

Precision, Prototyping & Prefabrication. Don’t Tell Me It Can’t Be Done with Archi-Tectonics, New York
Exhibition Talk: 15 March 2019

Shape of the Future — Urbanism and Architecture in the Age of Industry 4.0
Exhibition Talk: 29 June 2018. Video recording

Der Holzmodulbau - Ein Modell für den Hochbau der Zukunft with NKBAK Architekten, Frankfurt/Main
Exhibition Talk: 17 Mai 2018

Craftsmanship in the Digital Age. Architecture, Values and Digital Fabrication with The Netherlands Embassy in Berlin, NOWlab, Berlin and Forschungsinitiative Zukunft Bau (BBSR), Bonn
Collaborative Project: 2017. Video recording and publication

New Functions of the Surface. Pushing the Urban Envelope with Schüco, Bielefeld
Lab Talk and Round Table: 9 September 2017. Video recording

Infrastructure Space with Ruby Press, Berlin and LafargeHolcim Award, Zurich
Book Presentation: 20 January 2017

WOHA: Garden City Mega City Rethinking Cities for the Age of Global Warming
Book Presentation: 17 November 2016. Video recording

To BIM or not to BIM with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Europe Chapter
Lab Talk: 2 September 2016. Video recording

From a Vertical Forest to a Forest City. Stefano Boeri in conversation with Almut Grüntuch-Ernst
Book Presentation: 16 March 2016

ReTooling the Trades #3 Extending Smartness - The Next Generation with the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin
Lab Talk Series: 15 October 2014. Video recording

Yves Bréchet. Materials and process selection: a compass in a jungle
Lecture: 13 May 2014

Lighting the Global Workspace with Zumbtobel, Dornbirn
Collaborative Project: 2014–2015. Video recording

Materialien für smartes Licht with TSB Technologiestiftung Berlin and Haute Innovation, Berlin
Lab Talk: 29 October 2013

Transmaterial Aesthetics: Experiments with Timber in Architecture and Technology with Hochschule Wismar and University of Technology Sydney
Conference: 1–2 October 2013

Design Process – Negotiation Between Form and Function with Hansgrohe, Schiltach and Bauwelt, Berlin
Lab Talk: 30 August 2013. Video recording

Conference: 8–9 June 2013. Video recording

Energy Materials in Design and Architecture with TSB Technologiestiftung Berlin and Haute Innovation, Berlin
Lectures: 13 March 2013

The City Lights Project with Zumtobel, Dornbirn
Collaborative Project: 2012–2013

InForming a Smarter Urban - Helsinki with the City of Helsinki and DOM Publishers
Book Presentation: 1 October 2012. Video recording

From Research to Design – Mobility with Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Universidad de Buenos Aires
Lab Talk: 13 September 2012

MACHEN! #3 Alte Materialien neu verbaut: Wie man alte Bautraditionen modernisieren kann with Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, Zurich
Exhibition Talk Series: 17 August 2012. Video recording

MACHEN! #2 Heizen mit Beton, Kühlen mit Lehm: Wie man Materialien in ihrer ganzen Bandbreite nutzen kann with Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, Zurich
Exhibition Talk Series: 3 August 2012. Video recording

MACHEN! #1 Savoir Vivre: Wie man die Stadt so (um-)baut, dass sie verschiedene Lebensstile ermöglicht with Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, Zurich
Exhibition Talk Series: 13 July 2012. Video recording

TouchHouse. Smart Living - Communicating Surfaces with Busch Jaeger, Lüdenscheid
Metro Lab: 3–6 February 2011

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