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4. December 2020 @ 9:00 - 18:00


The symposium grow.build.repeat. presents pioneers of a future building industry and their visions, ideas, future-oriented research projects and first examples of application of bio-based building materials. The symposium offers the opportunity for joint discussion and exchange on this rapidly developing field of architecture.

04. Dezember 2020 / 09:00 – 18:00 / Keynote by Mitchell Joachim


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Stream and virtual exhibition on the changelab platform!

The event is being held with the kind support of Wacker Chemie AG.

The symposium will be held online. Prof. Dirk E. Hebel will guide and moderate the day from this studio: raumszene.de



You can follow the symposium live here on the changelab platform on 4 December without registration. A chat function will then be available.

You can also follow it on the fb-site of the KIT Faculty of Architecture or on the KIT youtube channel. Here you will find all relevant links:


Don’t miss our virtual exhibition on this platform, which will present the speakers’ research and projects in addition to the lectures.


Further training course of the Baden-Württemberg Chamber of Architects:

If you collect points at the Chamber of Architects AKBW, please register here: arch.kit.edu

Several times during the symposium we will display a question and an e-mail address. By answering this question by e-mail, we will receive your contact and the assurance that you attend the symposium. After the symposium you will receive the confirmation for the Chamber of Architects AKBW.


We are looking forward to the symposium, your participation and the many exciting contributions of our speakers!

Detailed description of the event:

Whether in the form of residual or waste materials from soil-bound agriculture or from other types of cultivation – for example in the form of bacteria or fungi – biological resources are available in manifold and basically unlimited ways. As tempting as this prospect may be, the aim of the construction industry must be to use these materials in pure form in constructions without destroying natural cycles. Only in this way they can be returned to the biological cycle as a valuable source of raw materials after their utilisation phase and represent an antipole to the currently practised throw-away mentality of inseparable mixed waste. Not only new material concepts but also new (deconstruction) technologies play a decisive role. The construct-ion industry must offer ecologically valuable and biologically safe solutions for socially relevant issues in the future.

Digital fabrication takes traditional materials out of their niche and helps them to reach new heights. Well-known properties of traditional materials such as ceramics or clay are intelligently used in 3D printing, for example.

The symposium is dedicated to the question of how we can use our natural resources responsebly in times of climate change and an increasingly glaring shortage of resources and pollution of our environment by non-biodegradable and artificially manipulated materials. Representatives of science and economy, research, practitioners, decision-makers of our democratic society as well as teachers and students will come together to discuss the future of construction in lectures and discussions and to actively participate in shaping it. Speakers will be Martin Rauch, Prof. Dr. Marie-Pierre Laborie, Dr. Henk Jonkers, Dr. Alireza Javadian, Werner Schmidt, Prof. Eike Roswag-Klinge, Andrea Klinge, Natascha Hempel, Jun. Prof. Dr. Hanaa Dahy, Diana Drewes and Dr. Michael Sailer.

The symposium will take place as part of a newly conceived innovation platform for sustainability in the construction industry, supported by Wacker Chemie AG. The event on December 04, 2020, is organized by the Professorship of Sustainable Construction of the KIT Faculty of Architecture Karlsruhe and is recognized as a further education measure of the Baden-Württemberg Chamber of Architects with 4 hours.

© Uta Bogenrieder


4. December 2020
9:00 - 18:00
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