Symposium – Building Stock as the Resource of the 21st Century

3rd Symposium on Sustainable Construction by KIT

Our 3rd Symposium on Sustainable Construction took place on the 29th April 2022 from 10AM to 5PM (admission from 9AM) at the ZKM Medientheater Karlsruhe. The event was also livestreamed openly on the Changelab Innovation Platform.

The symposium is dedicated to the resource of the 21st century: our building stock. With growing waste volumes and ever scarcer raw materials, careless building demolitions and replacements must be avoided. Instead, existing buildings should be converted and rebuilt, components removed, reused and reused again.

It is important to preserve as much of the existing building stock as possible on the premise of resource- and climate-friendly architecture: on the one hand as a changeable space in which various usage scenarios are possible, and on the other hand as a material depot and secondary raw material supplier. Representatives from science and industry, research and practice will present ideas, strategies and impulses on how the ecological necessity of reconstruction and transformation of the existing can become an enriching element of a caring, needs-oriented and value-preserving architecture in ecological balance.

We are very pleased to welcome the following speakers to our event:
Thomas Auer, Philippe Block, Dominik Campanella, Daniel Fuhrhop, Roland Gruber, Tina Kammer, and Kerstin Müller.

Pictures of the speakers from left to right: Thomas Auer © Silicya Roth, Philippe Block © Elsabeth Real, Dominik Campanella © Dominik Campanella, Daniel Fuhrhop © Bonnie Bartusch, Roland Gruber © Sandra Mantonovic, Tina Kammer © Andreas Körner, Kerstin Müller © baubüro in situ ag

Additionally, a thematic introduction will be given by Prof. Dirk Hebel, Professor of Sustainable Construction and Dean of the Department of Architecture, the panel discussions between the lectures will be moderated by Monica Tusinean. In the foyer in front of the Medientheater, there will be an accompanying exhibition of student works that deal with the preservation of existing stock.

The event is organised by the Professorship of Sustainable Construction of the KIT Department of Architecture. The symposium is part of ChangeLab, an innovation platform for sustainability in the building industry, sponsored by Wacker Chemie AG.

The event and the livestream will also be part of the education programme of the Architektenkammer Baden-Württemberg (AKBW registration number: 2022-151695-0001).

Admission to the ZKM will begin at 9AM on the event day. The symposium will start at 10 am and last until 5pm. A get together and guided tours of the current ZKM exhibition “BioMedien” will be offered for our participants from 5 to 6 pm.

We look forward to your participation in the event!

More information here.