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  • Silver linings: Innovation, kits, tech animate a hybrid semester

    The Cornell Chronicle reports on teaching innovation at the Cornell Department of Architecture, using the First Year BArch Design Studio by Felix Heisel and Sasa Zivkovic as an example. Titled Rising together as a community, the article focuses on newly developed teaching methodologies and pedagogic goals for hybrid design studios, addressing in-person, remote and online students simultaneously.

  • Input Lecture
    Tulane School of Architecture
    October 21st, 2020

    Felix Heisel to lecture at Tulane School of Architecture

    Input LectureTulane School of ArchitectureOctober 21st, 2020 As part of the “Addis Ababa River City: The Upper Kebena River Project”, Felix Heisel will be speaking at Tulane University of Architecture in New Orleans on October 21st, 2020. His talk will address lessons drawn from research into informal processes and social networks within Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s…

  • Public Lecture
    Cornell Engineering Ezra Roundtable
    September 25th, 2020

    Felix Heisel to lecture at the Ezra Roundtable Series

    Circular construction promotes a paradigm shift in how we design, construct, and operate buildings, and in the way resources are being managed within the built environment. This seminar will highlight ongoing research projects of the Circular Construction Lab at Cornell AAP and discuss systemic changes to today’s construction industry.

  • CCL exhibits at ‘Enough is Enough’ BetaCity 2020 – Timișoara Architecture Biennial

    The Circular Construction Lab and its partners exhibit three projects at this years Timișoara Architecture Biennial, BETA 2020. The exhibition is curated by Ilka Ruby, Brîndușa Tudor and Anca Cioarec and will open its doors between September 25th and October 25th in Timișoara, Romania.

    Mehr.WERT.Pavillon has moved to permanent site

    With the end of the German Federal Garden Show , the Mehr.WERT.Pavillon by 2hs Architekten und Ingenieur PartGmbB and KIT Karlsruhe has been relocated to a permanent location at the head of Bleichinselbrücke, the bridge leading into the new city quarter Neckarbogen in Heilbronn.

  • From shed to spatial object

    The student exercise ‘Vom Gartenhaus zum Räumling’ aims to validate the potential of the urban mine. Using a garden shed near Karlsruhe as material depot, we carefully deconstructed the house and diligently documented each element. As a group, the students then designed a spatial installation utilizing only the harvested elements and no glue or permanent fixtures. After all, also this installation had to be designed for disassembly, providing building materials for yet another structure.

  • UMAR Unit at Expo 2020

    The Urban Mining and Recycling Unit (UMAR) will be featured at the German Pavilion at the Expo 2020 in Dubai as part of the Future City Lab. The exhibition will be based around the research on circular materials and their construction details done by CCL and the Professorship of Sustainable Construction at KIT Karlsruhe.

  • New Article published in Journal Sustainability

    Kakkos, Efstathios, Felix Heisel, Dirk E. Hebel, and Roland Hischier. 2020. “Towards Urban Mining—Estimating the Potential Environmental Benefits by Applying an Alternative Construction Practice. A Case Study from Switzerland.” Sustainability 12 (12): 5041.

  • Jan Matthies and Andrea Santos Rodriguez win Urban Mining Student Award

    This year the planning task of the German-wide, open student competition was to plan a travelling school project for Cologne in order to cope with the immense investment backlog regarding reorganization measures in German schools. The design of students Jan Matthies and Andrea Santos Rodríguez convinced the jury mostly by their consequent use of existing building elements coming from the urban mine and their ability to create unique and high quality spatial arrangements adequate for young children.

  • Input Lecture
    Monash University & RMIT University
    May 28, 2020

    Felix Heisel invited to lecture at Monash & RMIT University

    Felix Heisel has been invited to hold an input lecture for students of Monash University and RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Titled Informality and Circularity, the talk with address challenges and chances of circular construction in the specific setting of informality.

  • Panel Discussion
    grow.build.repeat Symposium
    New Date: December 03/04, 2020

    Felix Heisel invited to moderate grow.build.repeat Symposium in Karlsruhe

    Felix Heisel has been invited to moderate the panel discussion of the upcoming symposium grow.build.repeat, organized by the Professorship of Sustainable Construction at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.

  • Early-Design Plugin: RhinoCircular

    CCL has began development of a Rhinoceros / Grasshopper Plugin named RhinoCircular to evaluate material circularity in the early phases of building / concept design. The tool is targeting students and professionals alike – and will be used in Cornell AAP’s architecture education, as well as CCL’s research.

  • Quo Addis? 2020 Venice Biennale

    Felix Heisel and Marta H. Wisniewska together with Marc Angelil of ETH Zürich, Dirk E. Hebel of KIT Karlsruhe and Bisrat Kifle of EiABC in Addis Ababa are presenting their long-standing research on Ethiopia and its capital Addis Ababa at the Venice Biennale 2020.

  • Madaster Education Platform at Cornell AAP

    MoU signed with Madaster Education Platform

    Select design studio courses in the Department of Architecture and the lab’s research will assess and evaluate the Madaster Educational Platform based on their effect on teaching circular design and construction.

  • Public Lecture
    Sustainable Building Materials Summit
    New Date: Spring 2021

    Felix Heisel invited to lecture at Sustainable Building Materials Summit in Karlsruhe

    Felix Heisel has been invited to lecture at the Sustainable Building Materials Summit and Exhibition in Karlsruhe. The talk Kreislaufgerechtes Bauen – Entwerfen, Konstruieren und Bewirtschaften des Materiallagers Stadt will discuss the importance of a paradigm shift in architectural design when understanding the built environment as the resource for future construction.

  • Virtual Lecture
    Cornell AAP Lecture Series
    March 18, 2020

    Felix Heisel to introduce virtual lecture by Jan de Vylder on March 18 2020

    Gensler Visiting Critic Jan De Vylder will be presenting his virtual lecture That It Does Not Look Good Makes That It Looks Good simultaneously to the communities of Harvard GSD, Cooper Union, ETH Zurich and Cornell AAP. The talk will be introduced by Assistant Professor Felix Heisel.

    Mehr.WERT.Pavillon

    The Mehr.WERT.Pavillon by 2hs and KIT Karlsruhe addresses the question how we can perform a paradigm shift in the way we use our resources, from the currently dominant linear economy towards a circular economy of closed and pure material cycles. On the one hand, the pavilion makes use of the existing urban mine – all materials used in the project have already undergone at least one life cycle, either in the same or in a different form. On the other hand, it acts as a material depot, which will become available again for future constructions at the end of the exhibition.

  • Public Lecture
    Future Real Estate
    New Date: April 11/12, 2021

    Felix Heisel invited to Lecture at Future Real Estate in Berlin

    Felix Heisel has been invited to present his work at this years Future Real Estate Cradle to Cradle Conference. The lecture Zirkulär Bauen – Jetzt Umsetzen! will showcase the ongoing work of the Circular Construction Lab and stress the importance of a quick paradigm shift in construction.

  • The Materials Book

    The Materials Book by Ruby Press has been released including two chapter contributions by Felix Heisel: Reuse and Recycling: Materializing a Circular Economy, as well as Cultivated Building Materials: The Forth Industrial Revolution?.

    Urban Mining and Recycling (UMAR) Unit

    The Urban Mining and Recycling (UMAR) Unit is located within the NEST research building of Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Science and Technology (Empa) in Dübendorf, Switzerland. The building design created by Werner Sobek with Dirk E. Hebel and Felix Heisel proves that circular construction is possible already today.