Reduce, Reuse, Recycle? On new, old and completely different construction
Panel discussion with
Sandra Böhm, Lecturer and researcher at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Faculty of Architecture, developer of the KIT Materials Library
Prof. Dr. Marcus Gwechenberger, Head of Department for Planning and Housing, Professor of Urban Transformation, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
Dipl. Ing. Claudia Meixner, Architect and founding member of the architectural office MEIXNER SCHLÜTER WENDT
Alex Nehmer, Cultural scientist and editor ARCH+ Zeitschrift für Architektur und Urbanismus, Co-Curator The Great Repair
Prof. Franziska Nori, Director Frankfurter Kunstverein
The way we construct our environment has a direct impact not only on global greenhouse gas emissions and consequently global warming but also on the loss of biodiversity through habitat destruction.
The question of the necessity and feasibility of changing the construction industry is at the center of the panel discussion Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. On new, old, and completely different construction.
Rapidly increasing soil sealing, global resource consumption, and the resulting drastic disruptions to ecosystems remain some of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. The linear concept of “produce, use, dispose of” has proven unsustainable for the future habitability of the planet in the face of scarce resources and exponentially growing urban populations. To establish a cycle of reduce, reuse, and recycle, alternative materials and construction methods need to be explored and implemented. A culture of repair or at least recycling must be politically promoted.
What possibilities exist for sustainable construction between old and innovative techniques and materials? What approaches are currently being discussed in the international architectural context, and what are the challenges involved? What role do regulatory and political requirements, as well as transcontinental material flows and the supply industry, play in implementing a changed approach to construction? How will the cities of the future be designed, especially considering housing shortages and climate change? What specific challenges arise at the municipal level, such as for the city of Frankfurt in relation to sustainable construction, and how are they being addressed?
The admission fee is €5. The event is free for members of Frankfurter Kunstverein. No registration is necessary.
Please note that the event will take place in German.
The event is part of the accompanying program for the exhibition Bending the Curve – Knowing, Acting, Caring for Biodiversity.