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Greendesign 7.0 - Material Cycles

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Symposium GREENDESIGN 7.0 - Material Cycles

The international symposium will highlight the various concepts, strategies and practices regarding sustainability issues from the perspective of designers, technologists and practitioners working in the area of ecological design systems and circular economy. The focus will be on innovative concepts, practical developments, and social and economic potential of sustainable and ecologically sound production, the role of design and the designer within this context, as well as the impact of these practices on our everyday lives.

The symposium is organised by the environmental design initiative greenlab - Laboratory for Sustainable Design Strategies based at the weissensee kunsthochschule berlin. It connects higher education, practice-led design research and industry to support, inspire and create innovative approaches to the development of sustainable and ethical products, services and systems. Workshops and individual design projects supported by greenlab will take place throughout the summer semester. Through research and collaboration, this practice-led design research initiative aims to critically analyse, and give a material form to, concepts that balance ecology, society and culture by employing design methods and strategies.

The language of the symposium is English.
Participation is free of charge.

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10.00: Opening Address
greenlab, weißensee kunsthochschule berlin

10.10: Shaping Futures: Material Flows and Human Economies
Prof. Dr. Lucy Norris, weißensee kunsthochschule berlin

10.25: A New Relationship Between Designers and Materials for More Circular Design
Prof. Aart van Bezooijen, Burg Giebichenstein, University of Art and Design Halle; Founder of Material Stories, Hamburg

10.50: Waste is a Design Flaw. Investigating the Role of Design in the Circular Economy
Sophie Thomas, Thomas Matthews. Founder of The Great Recovery Project, RSA, London

11.15: Fashion at the Crossroads: Successes and Future Challenges of Greenpeace‘s Detox Campaign
Dr. Kirsten Brodde, Greenpeace Germany

11.35: Coffee / Tea

11.55: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Environmental Impact
Dr. Kat Austen, Cultural Fellow in Art and Science, Cultural Institute, University of Leeds, Leeds / Berlin

12.20: Innovation Management and Circularity at BSR
Frieder Söling, BSR, Vorstandsbüro Energie, Umwelt, Innovationen, Berliner Stadtreinigung

12.45: Engineering Circularity - Circular Economy by Design
Björn Schlingmann, Engineering Lead, Miniwiz Europe GmbH & Johann Bödecker CEO Pentatonic GmbH

13.10: Cradle to Cradle in Practice
Ulrike Niesmann, Senior Project Manager, EPEA Internationale Umweltforsschung

13.35: relab - an Experimental Case Study to Create a Circular Material Flow at weissensee kunsthochschule berlin,
Lilith Habisreutinger, Product Design student, weißensee kunsthochschule berlin

13.45: Lunch Break

14.45: Biomimicry: What Nature Can Teach us About Circularity, Value and Innovation,
Dr. Arndt Pechstein, phi360 innovation / Hasso-Plattner Institute, Berlin

15.10: Biodesign - Rethinking the Way We Make Things
Dr. Flavia Barragan, Chemist & Bioscientist, topLab, Berlin

15.35: Genetic Architectures and Biological Urban Lighting
Prof. Dr. Alberto T. Estevez, Director, Institute For Biodigital Architecture & Genetics,
ESARQ School of Architecture, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona

16.00: Living Colors - Redefining Color Through Materials Research
Essi Johanna Glomb, Designer & Researcher, Studio Blond & Bieber / weißensee kunsthochschule berlin

16.20: Natural Fibre-reinforced Bioplastics: a Step Towards Sustainable Construction Materials
Dr. Holger Fischer, Faser- und Materialentwicklung, Faserinstitut Bremen e.V.

16.40 Coffee / Tea

17.00: Open Source & Circularity – Why is it the Perfect Match and How to Make it Work
Lars Zimmermann, Artist & Economist, OSCE days, Berlin

17.25: Designing Material Ecosystems
Anastasia Pistofidou, Founder FabTextiles and Textile Academy, Barcelona

17.45: Ecological Interactions and Modes of Industry
Jonathan Minchin, Project Manager IAAC/Valldaura Labs, Barcelona / London

18.10: DRYVER - A Mobile Cloud Service
Annette Schmid, Ronnenberg Creative ,Technology, Hamburg / London

18.20: Conclusion

greenlab thanks its partners and sponsors for supporting this symposium: