From growing, cultivating, sowing and harvesting organic building materials.

04. December 2020 / 09:00 - 18:45 hrs

Live stream and virtual exhibition Stream on the changelab platform:

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

You can also follow the symposium on the Facebook-site of the KIT Department of Architecture or on the KIT youtube channel. Here you will find all relevant links:

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

Whether in the form of residual or waste materials from soil-based 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 quantities. As tempting as this prospect may be, the aim of the construction industry must also be to use these materials in pure form in constructions without destroying natural cycles. Only in this way can they be returned to the biological cycle as a valuable source of raw materials after their period of use and represent an antithesis to the throwaway mentality of inseparable mixed waste practiced today. Not only new material concepts, but to the same extent also newly conceived (re)construction technologies therefore play a decisive role. In the future, the construction industry will have to offer ecologically valuable and building biologically harmless solutions to socially relevant issues.

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

In this respect, the symposium is dedicated to the question of how we can deal responsibly with our natural resources in times of climate change and an increasingly glaring scarcity of resources and pollution of our environment through non-biodegradable and artificially manipulated materials. Representatives of science and industry, research, practitioners, decision-makers of our democratic society as well as teachers and students will come together to discuss the future of building in lectures and discussions and subsequently to actively participate in shaping it. Speakers will include 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 is being held as part of a newly conceived innovation platform for sustainability in construction supported by Wacker Chemie AG.

The event is organized by the Department of Sustainable Construction of the Department of Architecture of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT and is recognized with 4 hours as a continuing education course of the Chamber of Architects of Baden-Württemberg (Recognition No.: 2020-151695-0001). For recognition, registration is required using the form below.

The event is kindly supported by Wacker Chemie AG.

Chair of Sustainable Building
Department of Architecture
KIT Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Live stream and virtual exhibition:
Access to the virtual exhibition and the live stream from 03.12.2020 at

Participation is free of charge.

Registration (required if recognition as a continuing education event is desired) via the form below.

> Detailed program (updated on 01.12.2020)