Creating Natural Change - Strategies for Building tomorrow

Eike Roswag-Klinge
Technische Universität Berlin

It is well known how building contributes to man-made climate change and resource depletion. Reducing industrial consumption by using more efficient technologies and regenerative energy alone will not suffice. We must rather strive to consume less area, for instance in residential and office spaces, and to use it more efficiently.

The transformation of the built environment that this requires, alongside the improvement of its energy performance, must be based on circular material use and resource-positive products. These include renewable raw materials such as wood and natural fibres, but also clay and recycled materials. The global aim is to promote climate-adaptive low-tech construction based on local building products. The necessary transformation of the building practice can only succeed by engaging in dialogue and, more specifically, transdisciplinary processes with the community.

Prof. Eike Roswag-Klinge, Dipl.-Ing. Architekt BDA is one of the initiators and directors of ZRS Architekten Ingenieure Berlin und Chair of Natural Building Lab, Technische Universität Berlin. In his networks he is since 20 years researching on, teaching/ learning, designing and building climate and resource adaptive, human architecture in different climate zones.

The projects range from schools out of earth and bamboo in the global south, heritage rehabilitation, to housing, production buildings and schools out of timber, earth and natural fibre insulation in Europe. His research is focusing on climate and cultural adaptive architecture and low-tech building systems. The work he is related with got awarded with the Aga Khan Award 2007, KAIROS Europäischer Kulturpreis 2015, Holcim Award 2011, Gold in Asia Pacific and others.

Lecture in German