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GreenDesign 7.0 Symposium – Material Cycles

Symposium Green Design 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.

Please register at:

greenlab – Laboratory for Sustainable Design Strategies

weißensee kunsthochschule berlin

Bühringstr. 20, 13086 Berlin

April 13th, 2018

10.00 am – 6.30 pm



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: