Circular Strategies Symposium 3

Global standards, individual processes

7/10/2022, 10:30 - 17:30 (CET)
Auditorium of the University of Applied Arts Vienna Vordere Zollamtsstraße 7, 1030 Vienna


Ecosystems collapse, resources are becoming scarce and there is urgent need for action to counteract these developments. Architecture plays a vital role in shaping our relationship with the world, bearing a significant responsibility but also offering a promising opportunity for change. But where should we focus our attention and which steps could we take now?
This year the Circular Strategies Symposium discusses the universal and the individual. Are there (new) standards that apply globally, or should universal ideas be overcome altogether in favor of local engagement?



programme booklet



10:00 Admission


10:30 Intro

Welcome Address: Gerald Bast, Rector of the University of Applied Arts Vienna

Introduction: Karin Raith and Lukas Allner, Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna


11:00–11:50 Urgent action!

Given the critical environmental impacts of construction processes, which of the many approaches, ranging from materials recycling to planning for flexibility, should take precedence?

Keynote lecture: Susanne Kytzia, Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences, Rapperswil: “How can future construction reduce our dependence on primary resources and fossil fuels?”

Response: Willi Haas, Institute of Social Ecology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU)



12:00–13:00 Dialog with the existing

The reactivation of material stocks is an essential task for a future­oriented building culture. With a view to the European context, two positions on architecture enter into a dialog.

Christoph Müller | baubüro in situ / zirkular, Zurich & Basel, Switzerland: “Catch of the day – building with the existing”

Inge Vinck & Jan de Vylder | A JDVIV / IVJDV A + ETC, Ghent, Belgium: “RE-THINKING RE”

Speakers in conversation/Q&A


13:00–14:00 Lunch break


14:00–14:50 Systemic change and individual approaches

Speakers from science and architecture share their views on how established systems could be changed for a better future.

Jeroen van den Bergh, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona & Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam: “Agrowth, architecture, circularity, and climate”

DK Osseo-Asare & Ryan Bollom I LowDO, Austin, Texas and Tema, Ghana: “Humanitarian design & material (re)volution”

Søren Nielsen I Vandkunsten, Copenhagen, Denmark: “The new architectural aesthetics of circularity”

Susanne Witzgall I Akademie der Bildenden Künste München, Germany: „One doesn’t fit all. A critical neomaterialist approach to standardization”


15:00–15:50 Panel discussion

When and how do (international) standards help to create changeable environments, and which circumstances require individual proposals?

With Jeroen van den Bergh, DK Osseo-Asare & Ryan Bollom, Søren Nielsen, Susanne Witzgall

Discussion moderated by Lukas Allner



16:00–16:50 Accelerated reverse engineering

Why architecture and the building industry – whether global or local – need to think in reverse and what it takes to speed up this process?

Keynote lecture: Hanif Kara, Harvard Graduate School of Design: “Technological obsolescence could be healed by accelerated reverse engineering”

Response: Baerbel Mueller, Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna


17:00–17:30 Wrap up

by Karin Raith, Lukas Allner, Doris Österreicher


Event held in English

Organization and curation: Karin Raith and Lukas Allner, Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna

Moderation: Doris Österreicher, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU)