The DDU studio “Circular Production” explores how digital technologies in design and fabrication can contribute to novel strategies of circular economy in architecture and the construction sector. During the studio, participants developed novel digital design strategies that reuse building elements. It was used to transfer an existing parking garage into a center for Circular Economy. The reused elements were harvested and transferred on site and in a given architectural context. Participants explored parametric, combinatorial and algorithmic design techniques with which architecture can address the challenges of the climate crisis and resource scarcity.
Teaching Team: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Oliver Tessmann, Max Eschenbach Dipl. Des., Dr. Nadja Gaudillière-Jami, Samim Mehdizadeh M.Sc
Tutors: Leon Wietschorke
Students: Zahra Babadi, Dominik Binzel, Mirko Dutschke
Scan-Print-Assemble: which strategies for the design of connections? The students were tasked with exploring an array of strategies for the implementation of the Scan-Print-Assemble process, both through drawings and through a pyramid prototype.
The project by Zahra Babadi merges together concrete chunks stemming from the rehabilitated parking structure and wooden pieces left over from flood events. These materials are reintegrated in the new center for circular production, as facade elements and as a central stack soaring in every direction, composing walls, ceiling, seats and stairs across the building.
The project by Mirko Dutschke creates as core of the Centre for Circular Economy a storage for deconstruction materials, rendering them visible from many spaces within the building. Materials resulting from deconstruction are also reused in the building project, avoiding as much as possible the use of new components. The design thus reflects the concept of urban mining. The building transforms itself as parts come and go, relying on an old portal crane becoming a permanent part of the building.
There is no Planet B
The project by Dominik Binzel assumes activists taking over the parking garage and transforming it with heavy demolition equipment. The harvested concrete building elements become witnesses of the rough process. Interior walls are made from plastic bottle waste, up-cycled by a delicate Greg Lynn-ish robotic cutting process.