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Circular Architecture

Workshop Circular Architecture at the Institute Contemporary Design Practices (ICDP), 21. – 25. August 2023

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ECTS points
Next start
21. August 2023
1 Week
Final application date
Jul 21, 2023
Teaching language
German / Englisch
CHF 900.– (view fees)
Study mode


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Switzerland has set itself the goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2050. An important approach to reducing CO2 emissions in the sense of this net zero target is provided by building in the circular economy. Approximately 40% of global CO2 emissions are caused by the construction industry, which is influenced to a large extent by architectural concepts and designs. The implementation of the principles of the circular economy is therefore one of the most important building blocks of sustainable action and will lead to a paradigm shift in conceptual and design thinking in architecture. In this context, the workshop leaders follow an attitude of consistent climate- and resource-friendly use of materials under the motto "Form Follows Material". In the workshop, they focus on design in the context of this attitude and its connectivity to the guiding conditions (life cycle assessments and standards) of sustainable construction.

In the first part, exemplary projects from Switzerland and Germany will be used to discuss the handling of life cycle assessments and their significance for sustainable building. The participants learn in a practice-oriented way how target-oriented and far-reaching circular strategies are in dealing with CO2-relevant resources.

In the second part, the participants gather and document experience with circular concepts on the basis of practical design. Architectural design, methodology, and work on physical models will be the practice facility. Based on these exercises, resource-saving strategies will be developed, which will significantly influence the forms. At the end of the workshop, the leaders together with the participants will evaluate the results in the context of resource-efficient building.

Institute Contemporary Design Practices (ICDP)

The Institute of Contemporary Design Practices (ICDP) works at the intersection of education, research, knowledge production, and design mediation. It encompasses three fields of study: Fashion Design, Industrial Design, and Interior Design & Scenography and offers students, researchers and staff from various disciplines a lively, creative environment to explore and mediate contemporary, reflective design practices.

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Institute Contemporary Design Practices (ICDP)

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Basel Academy of Art and Design Institute Contemporary Design Practices (ICDP) Freilager-Platz 1, Postfach 4002 Basel
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