Closing the loop through design and engineering

The Circular Construction Lab (CCL) in the Department of Architecture at Cornell AAP houses a design research program that advances the paradigm shift from linear material consumption towards a circular economy within an industrialized construction industry. At the intersection of architecture, engineering, material and computer science, as well as economics, the lab investigates new concepts, methods and processes to (1) design and construct buildings as the material depots for future construction, and (2) activate the potential of the built environment as an 'urban mine' for today's construction. CCL understands architecture as part of a regenerative and restorative cycle and sees design as a vehicle that can advance this ambition with excellence in teaching and research. Through close collaborations with academic, industrial, and legislative/ political partners the lab ensures the relevance of its work and promotes the direct and full-scale implementation of research results towards a more sustainable, low/ no-carbon, circular construction industry.

The Circular Construction Lab is directed by Assistant Professor Felix Heisel.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.