Science Day 2022

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Event Description

The Science Day 2022 for the growth area ‘Built and Lived Environment’ aims to foster inter- und transdisciplinary exchange in relation to urgently needed solutions for a livable future of cities and human settlements. In times of multiple and accelerating trends that are aggravated by drivers such as climate change, individualization, digitalization as well as energy or mobility transitions, the built and lived environment must adapt, reorient and profoundly restructure to enhance sustainability and resilience. The current ‘full world’ of existing settlements and infrastructures such as in Western Europe requires transition processes for which solutions are context-specific, ‘error-friendly’ or even self-repairing. Simultaneously, these solutions need to be sensitive to the shifts as well as interrelations of different spatial scales – from the component to the construction site, and up to the district, city, or regional scales. Meanwhile, the scarcity of material resources as well as habitable and productive land are, to some extent, driving innovation. More specifically, this scarcity inspires and stimulates close interplay between spatial, technological, and social innovation. The potential and interwoven innovation can generate possible solutions that cannot be envisaged as one-time responses. Rather, these solutions are better conceived as a set of interventions intended to carefully anticipate change that is specific and systemic. Setting forth in developing these solutions is both an opportunity and challenge in identifying and improving factors that build and enhance capacities to be ‘mutual adaptive’. In other words, these are solutions with which users might interact; these are solutions that might reflexively (re)acting over time. Whether these solutions are anchored with orientations towards urban health, carbon neutrality, climate resiliency, resource efficiency and value, permeating flexibility, BLE is a moment for us to come together and frame how we solve.

BLE focuses on five ‘mutual adaptive solutions’:
Urban Health Solutions | Carbon Sink Solutions & Materials | Built-as-Resource Solutions | 
Carbon Climate Change Adaptation | Agile Infrastructure Solutions

BLE invites researchers from a broad range of disciplines within RWTH as well as collaborators from different institutions and fields of action to share their knowledge and to further discuss research perspectives in each of the five solutions. In particular, BLE addresses young researchers, Doctoral and Post-Doc candidates, to join the diverse solutions and research groups through insightful and short presentations on original work!

The event will be an occasion to experience the unique atmosphere of the BBSR Pop-up Campus – an excellent demonstrator for a ‘built-as-resource’ solution in the city of Aachen and a place to share R&D outputs and outcomes regarding sustainable building with colleagues from all over Germany.

The Science Day event is open to interested public in the city and region of Aachen. From 4 pm on the event will focus on the inter- and transdisciplinary dialogue and hence actively involve external partners in the scientific debate. A public lecture will conclude the event before guests are invited to informally mingle at the roof-top bar.

Book of Abstracts


9:30 Get-Together

10:00 Welcome | Rector Ulrich Rüdiger
Introducing BLE | Frank Lohrberg & Tobias Kuhnimhof
The program of the day | Agnes Förster

11:00 Parallel Sessions I

12:30 Break

13:30 Presentation and Workshop on DFG Application | Division 4.2

14:00 Parallel Sessions II

15:45 Break

16:15 Plenary: Presentation of the reflections and findings from the parallel sessions
Discussion on connections and synergies between the solutions

17:30 Break

18:00 Public Lecture | Uta Pottgiesser
Professor for Heritage & Technology, TU Delft
Professur für Baukonstruktion und Baustoffe, TH OWL
Chair DOCOMOMO International

19:00 Reception and Get-Together at the Roof-Top Bar


Parallel Sessions I

Urban Health Solutions

Organizers: Marcel Schweiker, Agnes Förster, Daniel Münderlein, Helena Schulte

Short presentations


  • Josep Llorca-Bofí, Jonas Heck, Christian Dreier, Philipp Schäfer, Michael Vorländer
    Subjective Evaluations of Urban Sound- and Landscape using Virtual Reality
  • Daniel Münderlein
    Put Human Well-Being on the Map
  • Daniele Santucci
    Strategies and Techniques for Urban Space Adaptation to Extreme Climatic Phenomena
  • Helena Schulte, Agnes Förster
    Health in Growing Districts – Neighborhood as a Prospect for Well-Being


  • Simon Hein, Tobias Kuhnimhof
    Housing Consumption in Germany – No Significant Reduction in Per Capita Living Space in Sight
  • Christina Klug, Sina Hensel, Hannah Groninger
    HYDE – Hybrid Tools of Thought. At the Interface of Material Experience and Digital Abstraction 
  • Carolin Möllers
    City Factories as Means for Mixed Use and Densification in Outskirts

Parallel Sessions II



  • Janine Bardey, Hannah Pallubinsky, Marcel Schweiker
    Method for a Holistic Measurement of Indoor Air Auality and Resulting Comfort 
  • Jacob Eilts, Rania Christoforou, Marcel Schweiker
    Working from Home: Non-Energetic Effects and Rebounds of Changing Workplace Environments
  • Anna Dorothea Langenbeck, Marc Syndicus, Lukas Drexler, Christoph van Treeck
    The Effects of Remote Working on our Behavioral Patterns and Energy Consumption
  • Hannah Pallubinsky, Rania Christoforou, Janine Bardey, Kai Rewitz, Mahmoud El-Mokadem, Tobias Burgholz, Dirk Müller, Marcel Schweiker
    Effects of Cool and Warm Conditions on Physiological and Psychological Responses
  • Manuj Yadav, Jamilla Ballint, Karin Loh, Cosima Ermert, Carolin Reimers, Lukas Aspöck, and Janina Fels
    Classroom and Office Noise: From Real-World to Laboratory and Back Again

    Overall discussion: Perspectives on Person- and Place-Based Approaches to Urban Health: Multiple Disciplines, Scales, and Modalities


Parallel Sessions I

Carbon Sink Solutions & Materials

Organizers: Thomas Matschei, Anya Vollpracht

Presentations and discussions

New materials as enablers for a decreased resource and carbon footprint in construction

  • Gholamhosein Tavakoli Mehrjardi, Raul Fuentes, Jan Derksen, Magdalena Kimm, Thomas Gries
    Biobased, High-Performance Geotextiles with Defined Degradability
  • Steffen Overmann, Anya Vollpracht
    Biomass Ashes as Supplementary Cementitious Materials
  • Selina Vaculik, Thomas Matschei
    Stabilised Earth Binders for Low Strength Applications
  • Martin Trautz, Dana Saez, Denis Grizmann, Anett Werner
    Mycelium-Based Composites with Minimal CO2 Footprint for the Building Industry 

Circularity in construction

  • Lia Weiler, Anya Vollpracht
    Recycling Strategies to Exploit the CO2 Savings Potential of Textile Reinforced Concretes 

Parallel Sessions II

Presentations and discussions

Novel design principles and manufacturing technologies for material minimised structures

  • Elisabeth Heuermann, Federico Garrido, Dr. Joost Meyer
    Waldlabor Köln: Introducing Additive Manufacturing into Landscape Architecture in a Cross-Discipline Approach
  • Thomas Adams, Anya Vollpracht, Sigrid Brell-Cokcan
    Spatial Concrete Extrusion for Material-Minimized Concrete Structures 
  • Sisi Zhang, Matthias Kalus, Martin Claßen
    An Innovative 3D-Printing Process for Reinfored Concrete Structures

New approaches to assess sustainability and materiality of construction

  • Jana Gerta Backes, Marzia Traverso
    New Design Possibilities and their CO2 Footprint – An Outlook to the Future
  • Jana Gerta Backes, Pamela del Rosario, Anna Luthin, Marzia Traverso
    Thinking the Future – End-of-Life Life Cycle Assessment of Fibre Reinforced Concrete
  • Magdalena Zabek
    Information Delivery Model for a Circular Design Process 

Treatment and utilisation of wastes

  • Christian Felten, Holger Nebel, Thomas Matschei
    CO2 Beneficiation of Industrial By-Products
  • Michael Wenzel, Thomas Matschei
    Activated Bauxite Residues – Secondary Cementitious Materials for the Future


Parallel Sessions I

Built-as-Resource Solutions

Organizers: Carola Neugebauer, Christa Reicher

Presentations and Discussions

Resilience and the Urban Heritage

  • Christoph Klanten
    Resilience and Cultural Heritage – Challenges for Local Goverments and Interdisciplinary Experts
  • Yannick Ley, M. Sc. RWTH 
    Futur[AHR]. Resilience and Growth Through Cultural Heritage

Discussion with Anke Fissabre and Sandra Fatorić

Parallel Sessions II

Presentations and Discussions

Resource Management and the Urban Heritage

  • Kim-Ha Tran 
    Regulatory Systems for Maintaining Asset Value of Existing Buildings, Incorporating Grey Energy
  • Marc Maurer, Nicole Maurer
    Superlocal Circular Building Project
  • Katharina Schmidt, Maxim Shamovich, Maximilian Schildt, Alexander Miehlich, Sebastian Weck-Ponten, Jérôme Frisch, Christoph van Treeck
    Living Lab for the Energy Transition in the Building Sector

Discussion with Franziska Haas and Petra Riegler-Floors


Parallel Sessions I

Climate Change Adaptation

Organizers: Thomas Wintgens, Frank Kemper, Andreas Witte

Presentations and Discussions

Technical adaptions to climate change

  • Julian Hofmann, Sascha Welten, Elena Klopries, Thomas Wintgens, Holger Schüttrumpf, Stefan DeckerDeepWarn: Multimodal Flood Forecasting System Using Deep Learning
  • Jens Reinert, Lisa Burghardt, Julian Hofmann, Felix Steudtner, Bastian Winkels, Holger Schüttrumpf
    Droughts and Floods: Approaches for a Resilient Water Management in Times of Climate Change
  • Axel Timpe, Andreas Witte, Sebastian Schlecht
    Green-Blue Streets: Towards Transdisciplinary Design-Teaching for Water Sensitive cities
  • Mark Braun, Eleni Teneketzi, Vivien Heider, Eleonore Hövel
    Strategic Decision Support for Municipal Climate Change Adaptation in the City of Duisburg
  • Mirko Friehe, Frank Kemper, Michael Leuchner
    Climate Resilience of Urban Infrastructures in Central Europe

Parallel Sessions II

Presentations and Discussions & Round Table and Summary

Implementation and transformation

  • Axel Timpe, Magdalena Kimm, Marina Chernyshova, Sandra Sieber
    Green Roofs and Walls: Ideas for Interdisciplinary Living Lab Teaching
  • Jana Gerta Backes a, Marzia Traverso
    Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment in the Construction Sector – Actual Application and Future Outlook for Higher Education and Expert Raise
  • Ann-Kristin Winkens
    Problem-Based Learning for Future Challenges in Engineering Education
  • Julia Berg
    Sustainability in Teaching – The Role of Interdisciplinary and Cross-University Courses
  • Britta Rösener
    Transformative Research as a Motor for Change – Lessons from the Research Project KlimaNetze

Parallel Sessions II

Agile Infrastructure Solutions

Organizer: Stefan Böschen

Presentations and Discussions

  • Robin Chang, Agnes Förster
    Temporal Orgware for Agile Infrastructure: Rhythmic Reconstructions for Space-Specific and Adaptive Urban Development  
  • Mauricio Carcamo, Raul Fuentes, Guillermo Narsilio 
    Reusing Decommissioned Open-Cast Coal Mines for District Heating and Cooling
  • Axel Timpe, Margot Olbertz
    Designing with Nature-Based Solutions for a Resilient and Co-Produced Green Infrastructure
  • Martin Bangratz, Agnes Förster 
    Agile Infrastructure: Lessons Learnt from Community-Led Responses to the Pandemic
  • Julia Backhaus, Stefan John, Ana de la Varga, Gabriele Gramelsberger
    Living Lab Research Infrastructures: One-Trick Ponies or Agile All-Rounders