COURAGE for the future | Exhibition at UNI:Lokal

On April 26, a new ex­hi­bi­tion will open at UNI:Lokal: Un­der the ti­tle "COURAGE for the Fu­ture," the re­search net­work MUT from the De­part­ment of Ar­chi­tec­ture - Ur­ban Plan­n­ing - Land­s­cape Plan­n­ing (ASL) will pre­sent in­no­va­tive ma­te­rials and tech­nolo­gies that pro­vide an­sw­ers to cur­rent and fu­ture chal­lenges fac­ing the con­struc­tion in­dus­try. Un­til June 15, in­ter­est­ed par­ties can vis­it the ex­hi­bi­tion free of charge at Wil­helmss­traße 21.

The ex­hi­bi­tion "COURAGE for the Fu­ture" is cu­rat­ed by the re­search net­work MUT - Ma­te­rial and Tech­nol­o­gy of the ASL de­part­ment, which de­vel­ops and re­search­es new ma­te­rials and tech­nolo­gies, of­fer­ing so­lu­tions to chal­lenges such as cli­mate change, pop­u­la­tion growth, the en­er­gy tran­si­tion, and re­source scarc­i­ty in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

The ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plores the strate­g­ic use of re­ne­w­able re­sources such as wil­low, bam­boo, clay, myceli­um, and al­gae in de­sign pro­cess­es, show­cas­ing their in­trin­sic ver­satil­i­ty and eco­log­i­cal re­s­o­nance. It al­so fo­cus­es on ma­te­rial cus­tomiza­tion and de­sign for growth, ex­ten­sive re­search in­to ma­te­rial prop­er­ties, and nov­el meth­ods of com­pu­ta­tio­n­al ma­te­rial si­m­u­la­tions. Ad­di­tio­n­al­ly, the ex­hi­bi­tion high­lights bot­tom-up de­sign ap­proach­es de­rived from the in­her­ent char­ac­teris­tics of ma­te­rials, in­form­ing in­no­va­tive build­ing de­sign strate­gies.

Vari­ous ex­am­ples are pre­sent­ed, rang­ing from con­crete fa­cades as elec­tric­i­ty-pro­duc­ing so­lar pan­els to robot­ic wind­ing pro­cess­es for ma­te­rial-ef­fi­cient lightweight com­po­nents made from ve­neer wood and an end­less thread made from wil­low wood for ar­chi­tec­ture, con­struc­tion, prod­uct de­sign, and ve­hi­cle con­struc­tion.

The MUT re­search net­work - Ma­te­rial and Tech­nol­o­gy is in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary and ad­dress­es the fun­da­men­tal ques­tion: How do we con­cep­tu­al­ly, de­sign, plan, build, and shape ar­chi­tec­ture and space sus­tain­ab­ly for the fu­ture? It in­volves the de­part­ments of Ex­per­i­men­tal and Dig­i­tal De­sign and Con­struc­tion | Prof. Phikipp Ev­ers­mann, Struc­tu­ral De­sign, De­sign, and Build­ing Con­struc­tion | Prof. Ju­lian Lien­hardt, as well as Fine Arts | Re­search Plat­form BUILD ART IN­VENT | Prof. Heike Kluss­mann.

Ac­com­pany­ing Pro­gram:

Fri­day, April 26, 2024, 4:00 p.m.
Soft Open­ing of the Ex­hi­bi­tion "COURAGE for the Fu­ture"

Tues­day, May 7, 2024, 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Talk
Clay and Steel for In­no­va­tive Build­ing Con­struc­tions

15 min­utes with Hilke Man­ot and Mobin Mous­savi (De­part­ment of Struc­tu­ral De­sign in the De­part­ment of Ar­chi­tec­ture - Ur­ban Plan­n­ing - Land­s­cape Plan­n­ing)

The lec­ture pre­sents the po­ten­tial of re­cy­clable ma­te­rials such as clay and steel for in­no­va­tive build­ing con­struc­tions de­vel­oped in two re­search pro­jects. "Fer­rum­Lu­tum" rein­ter­prets his­tor­i­cal vault­ed ceil­ings and con­structs a ceil­ing sys­tem with min­i­mal eco­log­i­cal foot­print us­ing clay and steel, which can re­place con­ven­tio­n­al re­in­forced con­crete ceil­ings in fu­ture con­struc­tion. Steel is al­so cen­tral to the re­search pro­ject "S3 - Sus­tain­able struc­tu­ral skin," which us­es the ma­te­rial for lightweight con­struc­tions. The de­vel­oped steel struc­tu­ral el­e­ments are both high-per­for­mance and re­source-ef­fi­cient.

Tues­day, May 21, 2024, 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Talk
So­larChip - How Con­crete Fa­cades Turn in­to Elec­tric­i­ty-Pro­duc­ing So­lar Col­lec­tors

15 min­utes with Fred­erik Ecke (De­part­ment of Fine Arts | Re­search Plat­form Build Art In­vent in the De­part­ment of Ar­chi­tec­ture - Ur­ban Plan­n­ing - Land­s­cape Plan­n­ing)

The re­search plat­form BUILD ART IN­VENT de­vel­ops fa­cade el­e­ments in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Helmholtz Cen­ter Ber­lin for Ma­te­rials and En­er­gy and four in­dus­trial part­n­ers ca­pa­ble of ac­com­mo­dat­ing so­lar mo­d­ules of vari­ous types and gen­er­a­tions – in­clud­ing fu­ture, as yet un­known gen­er­a­tions.

Guid­ed Tours of the Ex­hi­bi­tion

Du­ra­tion: ap­prox. 30 min­utes

Tue 7.5. | Wed 15.5. | Fri 31.5. | each at 4:00 p.m.

Sat 25.5. | Thu 6.6. | Sat 15.6 | each at 3:00 p.m.

Wil­helmss­traße 21
34117 Kas­sel

Open­ing hours:
Tues­day to Fri­day 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sa­t­ur­day 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed on Mon­days

Ad­mis­sion is free.

About the Exhibition

How new ma­te­rials and tech­nolo­gies are mak­ing the ar­chi­tec­ture of to­mor­row more sus­tain­able
Uni:Lokal, Wil­helm­str. 21, 34117 Kas­sel