For its 50th anniversary episode, “Die Sendung mit der Maus” – Germany’s famous children TV show explaining how the world works – is showcasing strategies and concepts on the question how people will live in the future. Therefore Armin Maiwald, one of the hosts, visited the Urban Mining and Recycling Unit (UMAR) created by Werner Sobek with Dirk E. Hebel and Felix Heisel.
The building design demonstrates how a responsible approach to dealing with our natural resources can go hand in hand with appealing architectural form. The project is underpinned by the proposition that all the resources required to construct a building must be fully reusable, recyclable or compostable. This places life-cycle thinking at the forefront of the design: Instead of merely using and subsequently disposing of resources, they are borrowed from their technical and biological cycles for a certain amount of time before being put back into circulation once again. In that way UMAR functions simultaneously as a material laboratory and a temporary material storage.
We feel honoured! Thank you Mouse!
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