The Art of Urban Mining

Responsible Consumption and Production by Design


September 2021

1 HSW CE Credit, AIA # DAS438-21 - 1 HSW LU, IDCEC # 115177 - 1 HSW CEU

About this webinar

“Waste is nothing but a symptom of failed relationships." - Quote by J. Chapman.

We are in the midst of a fundamental shift in the relationship between design professionals and the materials they use to build. So far, it has mainly been a matter of extensively mining raw materials, which has led to the depletion of these resources. In response to the increasing scarcity of raw materials, architects and designers are turning to Urban Mining as one way to bring Responsible Consumption and Production practices to the building industry.

In “The Art of Urban Mining,” you’ll meet Rasa Weber, who is a co-founder of the Berlin-based design and architecture collective They Feed Off Buildings. Rasa will use case studies to share circular design strategies you can implement to integrate “waste” - as reused materials and recycled resources-  into your building practices.

The content of this course has not been approved by the United Nations and does not reflect the views of the United Nations or its officials or Member States.

Hosted by Rasa Weber

Rasa Weber is a designer and researcher based in Berlin. Her design concepts are driven by a strong narrative approach and innovative material research. In her works she creates a link between the creative industries, research and design. She works across the disciplines of architecture, product design & film.

Her passion for visual story-telling and her background in theatre made film a key element of her design strategy. In her work she engages with new ecologies, bio-based materials and their lifecycle.

In collaboration with L. Rubisch she founded ‘They Feed off Buildings‘, a design and architecture collective based in Berlin. With textile designer E. Glomb she researched on microalgae under the name of ‘Studio Blond & Bieber‘.

She lectured at the University of the Arts Berlin, University Anhalt Dessau, OCAD University Toronto a.o

Upon completion, you'll be able to:

  • Understand the concept of "Urban Mining."
  • Explore available “waste“ materials in your surrounding.
  • Analyze and sketch a material lifecycle
  • Examine potential applications for your individual practice.

Entire 2023 series

$345 Single payment
12 HSW CE credits

Single session

$45 Single payment
1 HSW CE credit

Entire 2023 series

$29/month 12 Monthly payments
12 HSW CE credits

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