P Richner, P Heer, R Largo, E Marchesi, E Zimmermann; NEST – A platform for the acceleration of innovation in buildings; Informes de la Construcción pp.222 (2018); Link


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Vision Wood

Peer-reviewed papers

L A Berglund, I Burgert; Bioinspired wood nanotechnology for functional materials; Advanced Materials (2018); Link

F Grüneberger, A Huch, T Geiger, P  Tingaut; Fibrillated cellulose in heterophase polymerization of nanoscale poly(methyl methacrylate) spheres; Colloid and Polymer Science 294(9) (2016); Link

H Guo. et al.; Bio-inspired superhydrophobic and omniphobic wood surfaces; Advanced Materials Interfaces (2016); Link

V Merk, M Chanana, S Gaan, I Burgert; Mineralization of wood by calcium carbonate insertion for improved flame retardancy; Holzforschung 70(9): 867-876 (2016); Link

F Grüneberger, T Künniger, A Huch, M Arnold; Nanofibrillated cellulose in wood coatings: dispersion and stabilization of ZnO as UV absorber; Progress in Organic Coatings 87 (2015); Link

I Burgert, E Cabane, C Zollfrank, L Berglund; Bio-inspired functional wood-based materials – hybrids and replicates; IMR reviews 60: 431-450 (2015); Link

M Schubert, P Ruedin, C Civardi, M Richter, A Hach; Laccase-catalyzed surface modification of thermo-mechanical pulp (THM) for the production of wood fiber insulation boards using industrial process water (2015); Link

V Merk, M Chanana, T Keplinger, S Gaan, I Burgert; Hybrid wood materials with improved fire retardance by bio-inspired mineralization on the nano- and submicron level; Green Chemistry 17: 1423-1428 (2015); Link

F Grüneberger, T Künniger, T Zimmermann, M Arnold; Nanofibrillated cellulose in wood coatings: mechanical properties of free composite films; 49(18): 6437-6448 (2014); Link

F Grüneberger, T Künniger, T Zimmermann, M Arnold; Rheology of nanofibrillated cellulose/acrylate systems for coating applications; Cellulose 21(3) (2014); Link

J Ihssen, M Schubert, L Thöny-Meyer, M Richter; Laccase catalyzed synthesis of iodinated phenolic compounds with antifungal activity; Plos One 9(3): e89924 (2014); Link

V Merk, M Chanana, N Gierlinger, A M Hirt, I Burgert; Hybrid wood materials with magnetic anisotropy dictated by the hierarchical cell structure; ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 6: 9760-9767 (2014); Link

M Schubert, J Ihssen; Enzymatische Holziodierung für einen effektiven Schutz vor Mikroorganismen; Holztechnologie 1 (2013); Link

M Schubert, L Engel, L Thöni-Meyer, F W M Schwarze, J Ihssen; Protection of wood from microorganisms by laccase-catalysed iodination Applied Environmental Microbiology 78(20): 7267-7275 (2012); Link

Conference papers & invited lectures

I Burgert; Bio-inspired wood materials; COST Action FP1407 - PhD Workshop Hamburg (2017).

T Zimmermann; Funktionale holz- und zellulosebasierte Materialien für ein breites Anwendungsspektrum; WKI Braunschweig; Deutschland (2017).

B Michen, H Bellanger, H Guo, I Burgert; Funktionalisierung von Holzoberflächen; S-WIN Statusseminar Holzoberflächen und Modifikationen für innovative Fassaden; Schweiz (2016).

I Burgert, V Merk, M Chanana; High performance wood materials – progress, challenges and visions; WCTE Vienna (2016).

I Burgert; Bio-inspired wood materials; ETH - Chalmers 4th Bilateral Workshop; Switzerland (2016); Link

T Zimmermann; NEST – Modul “Vision Wood“ in der Umsetzung; 14. Techniker Tag VGQ; Schweiz (2016).

T Zimmermann; Revolutionäres Holz – Materialinnovationen auf Holzbasis; Seminar Peterhans Schibli; Schweiz (2016).

T Zimmermann; Funktionalisierte holzbasierte Materialien für ein breites Anwendungsspektrum; Top 100 Gebäudehülle Network; Herbstversammlung Schweiz (2016).

T Zimmermann; Functional wood based materials @Empa; Profilfeld Polymer- und Kolloidforschung; Universität Bayreuth; Germany (2015).

T Zimmermann; NEST Module Vision Wood; NAREP + Energy Seminar; Switzerland (2015).

M Schubert; Fungal laccases as a tool for wood functionalization; The International Research Group on Wood Protection; Section 2: Test Methodology and Assessment. Proceedings 44th IRG Annual Meeting; Sweden (2013). 



Peer-reviewed papers

S Busch; NESTbau für die Zukunft; Das Magazin der Hochschule Luzern (2016). 

S Amstutz, P Schwehr; Human Office. Arbeitswelten im Diskurs; Zürich; vdf Hochschulverlag (2014).

Invited lectures

P Schwehr; Sinnfrage Office. Die Rolle des Office in Zeiten von Mobilität, Flexibilität und Erreichbarkeit; Velux (2017).

P Schwehr; Input & Expertentalk Office; Stadt Zürich; Immobilien Verwaltungs-, Werk-, Sozial- u. Kulturbauten (2017).

P Schwehr; … und das ist erst der Anfang! Innovationsanlass; SPS/Wincasa (2017).

P Schwehr; 2050 ist heute gestern! Foresight & Innovationen - ein persönliches Statement; SPS/Wincasa (2017).

P Schwehr; Input & Expertentalk Office; urban-consult/Berlin (2017).

P Schwehr; … und das ist erst der Anfang! Innovationsanlass; REM/TU Berlin (2017).

P Schwehr; Input & Expertentalk Office; Basler&Hoffmann Innerschweiz AG (2017).

P Schwehr; Usability Walktrough Part 1, Vitra, LOG Empa, CCTP (2017).

P Schwehr, L Schuchert; Input & Workshop Office «Arbeitsplatz Zukunft / Ressource Raum – Reden. Denken. Tun.»; Swiss Life Group HR (2017).

S Amstutz; Meet2Create Kriterien für das Wohlbefinden im Office; SVLW Generalversammlung (2017).

J Eckert; Work a round – Ein Simulationsspiel zur Planung von Office; Herbsttagung Bueroszene (2016).

P Schwehr, S Amstutz; Meet2Create Laboratory for Collaboration NEST; Repräsentanten aus Politik, Wirtschaft und Forschung (2016).

P Schwehr; Sinnfrage Office? Die Rolle des Office in Zeiten von Mobilität, Flexibilität und Erreichbarkeit; ProRenova (2016).

P Schwehr; Watson, Pepper & Co; Herbsttagung Bueroszene (2016).

P Schwehr; Wirtschaftspartner Event CCTP; Repräsentanten aus Politik, Wirtschaft und Forschung (2016).

S. Amstutz; Co Creation: Nährboden für kreative Zusammenarbeit; Office Symposium; Toni Areal (2016).

S Amstutz; Human Office – Forschungsprojekte aus dem Bereich Arbeitswelten; Herbsttagung Bueroszene (2016).



Peer-reviewed papers

M Popescu, M Rippmann, T Van Mele, P Block; KnitCrete: Building in Concrete with a Stay-in-Place Knitted Fabric Formwork; The Materials Book: Inspired by the 6th LafargeHolcim Foundation Forum; Germany (2019).

P Block, C Calvo Barentin, F Ranaudo, N Paulson; Imposing Challenges, Disruptive Changes: Rethinking the Floor Slab; The Materials Book: Inspired by the 6th LafargeHolcim Foundation Forum; Germany (2019); Link

N B Roozen, Q Leclère, D Urbán, T Méndez Echenagucia, P Block, M Rychtáriková, C Glorieux; Assessment of the airborne sound insulation from mobility vibration measurements; a hybrid experimental numerical approach; Journal of Sound and Vibration; 432: pp. 680-698 (2018); Link

T Méndez Echenagucia, D Pigram, A Liew, T Van Mele, P Block; Full-scale prototype of a cable-net and fabric formed concrete thin-shell roof; Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2018; USA (2018).

A Liew, D López López, T Van Mele, P Block; Design, fabrication and testing of a prototype, thin-vaulted, unreinforced concrete floor; Engineering Structures; 137: pp. 323-335 (2017); Link

A Groenewolt, J Bakker, J Hofer, Z Nagy, A Schlueter; Methods for modeling, analysis and optimization of bendable photovoltaic modules on irregularly curved surfaces; Int. Journal of Energy and Environmental Engineering (2016); Link

B Svetozarevic, Z Nagy, J Hofer, D Jacob, M Begle, E Chatzi, A Schlueter; SoRo-Track: A Two-Axis Soft Robotic Platform for Solar Tracking and Building-Integrated Photovoltaic Applications; IEEE Int. Conference on Robotics and Automation; Sweden (2016). 

B Svetozarevic, Z Nagy, D Rossi, A Schlueter; Experimental Characterization of a 2-DOF Soft Robotic Platform for Architectural Applications; Robotics: Science and Systems; Workshop on Advances on Soft Robotics; USA (2014); Link

D López López, D Veenendaal, M Akbarzadeh, P Block; Prototype of an ultra-thin, concrete vaulted floor system; Proceedings of the IASS-SLTE 2014 Symposium; Brazil (2014); Link

D Rossi, Z Nagy, A Schlueter; Simulation Framework for Design of Adaptive Solar Facade Systems; CISBAT; Switzerland (2013). 

D Rossi, Z Nagy, A Schlueter; Adaptive Distributed Robotics for Environmental Performance, Occupant Comfort and Architectural Expression; Int’l. Journal of Architectural Computing; vol.10; No.3; pp.341-360 (2012); Link

D Veenendaal, P Block; Design process for a prototype concrete shells using a hybrid cable-net and fabric formwork; Engineering Structures; 75: pp. 39-50 (2014); Link

D Veenendaal, M Bezbradica, D Novak, P Block; Controlling the geometry and forces of hybrid cable-net and fabric formworks; Proceedings of the IASS-SLTE 2014 Symposium; Brazil (2014); Link

G P Lydon, J Hofer, B Svetozarevic, Z Nagy, A Schlueter; Coupling energy systems with lightweight structures for a net plus energy building;, Appl. Energy 189; pp. 310-326 (2017); Link

G P Lydon, J Hofer, Z Nagy, A Schlueter; High-resolution analysis for the development of tabs in lightweight structure; IBPSA Building Simulation 2017(2017); Link

G P Lydon, J Hofer, Z Nagy, A Schlueter; Thermal analysis of a multifunctional floor element; IBPSA Building Simulation and Optimization (2016); Link

G P Lydon, A Willmann, J Hofer, Z Nagy, A Schlueter; Balancing operational and embodied emissions for the energy concept of an experimental research and living unit; Proceedings of CISBAT; Switzerland (2015).

J Hofer, B Svetozarevic, A Schlueter; Hybrid AC/DC building microgrid for solar PV and battery storage integration; Conference: IEEE Second International Conference on DC Microgrids (ICDCM) (2017); Link

J Hofer, A Groenewolt, P Jayathissa, Z Nagy, A Schlueter; Parametric analysis and systems design of dynamic photovoltaic shading modules; Energy Science and Engineering; pp.134–152 (2016); Link

J Hofer, Z Nagy, A Schlueter; Electrical design and layout optimization of flexible thin-film photovoltaic modules; EU PVSEC Conference; Germany (2016); Link

P Block, A Schlueter et al.; NEST HiLo: Investigating lightweight construction and adaptive energy systems; Journal of Building Engineering; Volume 12 pp. 332-341 (2017); Link

P Jayathissa, S Caranovic, J Hofer, Z Nagy, A Schlueter; Performative design environment for kinetic photovoltaic architecture; Automation in Construction; vol. 93; no. May; pp. 339–347 (2018); Link

P Jayathissaa, M Luzzatto, J Schmidli, J Hofer, Z Nagy, A Schlueter; Optimising Building Net Energy Demand with Dynamic BIPV Shading; Applied Energy; 202; pp. 726-735 (2017); Link

P Jayathissa, J Schmidli, J Hofer, A Schlueter; Energy performance of PV modules as adaptive building shading systems; EU PVSEC Conference; Germany (2016); Link

P Jayathissa, S Caranovic, M Begle, B Svetozarevic, J Hofer, Z Nagy, A Schlueter; Structural and Architectural Integration of Adaptive Photovoltaic Modules; Conference on Advanced Building Skins; Switzerland (2016); Link

P Jayathissa, M Jansen, N Heeren, Z Nagy, A Schlueter; Life cycle assessment of dynamic building integrated photovoltaics; Solar energy materials and solar cells 156; pp. 75-82 (2016).

T Méndez Echenagucia, B Roozen, P Block; Minimization of sound radiation in doubly curved shell structures by means of stiffness; Proceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium; Japan (2016); Link

Z Nagy et al.; The Adaptive Solar Facade: From Concept to Prototypes; Frontiers of Architectural Research; (2016); Link

Z Nagy, M Hazas, M Frei, D Rossi, A Schlueter; Illuminating Adaptive Comfort: Dynamic Lighting for the Active Occupant; Proc. 8th Windsor Conference: Counting the Cost of Comfort in a Changing World; UK (2014); Link


Invited lectures

P Block; First RILEM International Conference on Concrete and Digital Fabrication; ETH Zurich (2018).

P Block; 9th Institute of Structural Engineers (IStructE) Asia-Pacific Forum on “Going Digital in Structural Engineering”; China (2017).

P Block; DigitalFUTURE Shanghai 2017; China (2017).

P Block; Footbridge 2017; TU Berlin; Germany (2017).

P Block; University College; Bartlett School of Architecture; UK (2017).

P Block; University of Bath; Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering; UK (2017).

P Block; Cardiff University; Welsh School of Architecture; UK (2016).

P Block; Geometry and Computational Design (GCD) Symposium; Austria (2016).

P Block; Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia; Spain (2016).

P Block; Polytechnic University of Valencia, Department of Architecture; Spain (2016).

P Block; Structural Engineering Day; Chalmers University of Technology; Sweden (2016).

P Block; Symposium on Computational Fabrication; MIT CSAIL; USA (2016).

P Block; University of Michigan; Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Plannin; USA (2016).

P Block; Czech Technical University in Prague; Faculty of Architecture; Czech Republic (2015).

P Block; Geometry and Computational Design (GCD) Symposium; Austria (2015).

P Block; Princeton University; Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; USA (2015).

P Block; Structural Engineering Day; Chalmers University of Technology; Sweden (2015).

P Block; Symposium on Computational Fabrication; MIT CSAIL; USA (2015).

P Block; TU Darmstadt; Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Germany (2015).

P Block; University of British Columbia; School of Architecture; Canada (2015).

P Block; Chalmers University of Technology; Department of Architecture; Sweden (2014).

P Block; ETH Zurich; Department of Architecture; Switzerland (2014).

P Block; University College London; The Bartlett School of Architecture; UK (2014).

P Block; University of Applied Arts; Institute of Architecture; Austria (2014).

P Block; University of Kassel; School of Architecture; Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture; Germany (2014).

P Block; University of Oregon; Department of Architecture; USA (2014).

P Block; Architectural Association; School of Architecture; UK (2013).

P Block; Monash University; Faculty of Art; Design and Architecture; Australia (2013).

P Block; RMIT University; Design Research institute; Australia (2013).

P Block; Syracuse University School of Architecture London Program; UK (2013).

P Block; Université Catholique de Louvain; Faculty of Architecture; Architectural Engineering and Urbanism; Belgium (2012).

P Block; University of Technology Sydney; Faculty of Design; Architecture & Building; Australia (2012).

P Block; Vrije Universiteit Brussel; Department of Architectural Engineering; Belgium (2012).


Urban Mining & Recycling

Peer-reviewed papers & book chapters

E Kakkos, F Heisel, D E Hebel, R Hischier; Towards Urban Mining—Estimating the Potential Environmental Benefits by Applying an Alternative Construction Practice. A Case Study from Switzerland; Sustainability 12 (12): 5041; (2020); Link

       D E Hebel, F Heisel; Kreislaufgerechtes Bauen – Kultivierte Baumaterialien: UMAR & MycoTree.; H2O – Das Kundenmagazin von Keramik Laufen Und Similor; (2020).

       D E Hebel, F Heisel; Urban Mining and Recycling (UMAR); BAUART - Architektur und Kultur; (2020).

       F Heisel; Reuse and Recycling: Materializing a Circular Construction; In The Materials Book; pp.156–59; Lafarge Holcim Forum Cairo; Germany and Switzerland (2020).  

       F Heisel, S Rau-Oberhuber; Calculation and Evaluation of Circularity Indicators for the Built Environment Using the Case Studies of UMAR and Madaster; Journal of Cleaner Production 243 (SI Urban Mining): 118482; (2020); Link

       E Kakkos, F Heisel, D E Hebel, R Hischier; Environmental Assessment of the Urban Mining and Recycling (UMAR) Unit by Applying the LCA Framework; SBE19 Brussels - BAMB-CIRCPATH “Buildings as Material Banks - A Pathway For A Circular Future; Belgium (2019); Link    

       F Heinlein, F Heisel; Interview with Felix Heisel: The Planning Process; Recyclable, by Frank Heinlein; pp. 126–3; Germany (2019); Link

        F Heisel; Urban Mining & Recycling (UMAR); In Circular Economy: Kreisläufe schließen, heißt zukünftsfähig sein, 41. DGNB Report; Germany (2019); Link

       F Heisel, D E Hebel; Pioneering Construction Materials through Prototypological Research; Biomimetics 4 (3): 56; (2019): Link

         F Heisel, D E Hebel; Prototypological Research: Pioneering Construction Materials; Future Cities Laboratory: Indicia 02; pp. 200–207; Singapore (2019).

         F Heisel, D E Hebel, W Sobek; Resource-Respectful Construction –  the Case of the Urban Mining and Recycling Unit (UMAR); In SBE19 Brussels - BAMB-CIRCPATH “Buildings as Material Banks - A Pathway For A Circular Future; Belgium (2019); Link

A Von Richthofen et a; Urban Mining - Visualizing the Availability of Construction Materials for Re-Use in Future Cities; paper presented at IV2017 - 21st International Conference on Information Visualisation; UK (2017); Link

D E Hebel et al; Beyond Mining - Urban Growth; 2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism: Imminent Commons; eds. Yunyoung Lee, Yunji Hwang, Dasom Gong; pp. 48–49. South Korea (2017).

D E Hebel et al; Circular Economy Pedagogical Methods; The Re-Use Atlas: A Designer’s Guide towards a Circular Economy; pp. 110–113; UK (2017); Link

D E Hebel; Reservoir Building: Towards an Idea of Abundant Pertinence; Embodied Energy and Design: Making Architecture Between Metrics and Narratives; 107–116; Switzerland (2017).

D E Hebel, F Heisel; Cultivated Building Materials: Industrialized Natural Resources for Architecture and Construction; Switzerland; Birkhäuser Verlag GmbH (2017); Link

D E Hebel, M H Wisniewska, F Heisel; Building from Waste - the Waste Vault; IMMINENT COMMONS: Urban Questions for the Near Future; South Korea: Actar Publishers; Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism (2017); Link

D E Hebel, P Block, F Heisel, T Mendez Echenagucia; Beyond Mining - Urban Growth: The Architectural Innovation of Cultivated Resources through Appropriate Engineering; IMMINENT COMMONS: THE EXPANDED CITY; pp. 116–127; South Korea: Actar Publishers; Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism (2017).

D E Hebel; Technologie: Material und Technik; BodenSchätzeWerte; Unser Umgang mit Rohstoffen; Publikation zur Sonderausstellung von focusTerra; Switzerland; focusTerra, ETH Zürich (2015); Link

F Heisel, K Bisrat; The Economic Importance of Recycling; Lessons of Informality: Architecture and Urban Planning for Emerging Territories - Concepts from Ethiopia; pp. 121–28; Switzerland (2017); Link


Invited lectures

       D E Hebel; Concepts for Circular Construction; CE2 Circular Economy, Deep Dive Session; Switzerland (2019).

       D E Hebel; Urban Mining; ASTOC; Germany (2019)

       F Heisel; Building an Anthropogenic Material Depot - Case Studies from Germany and Switzerland; MINEA WG1 workshop “Prospecting urban minerals and evaluating the recoverability from buildings and infrastructure; Denmark (2019).

       F Heisel; Form Follows Re-Cycling; LafargeHolcim Symposium on Sustainable Construction; AUC; Egypt (2019).

        F Heisel; Kreislaufgrechtes Bauen: Ein Paradigmenwechsel?!; SDD Festival: Nachhaltigkeit reden? - Nachhaltigkeit leben!; German (2019).

        F Heisel; Kreislaufwirtschaft – eine Notwendigkeit; Seminar Urban Mining: Bauen in der Kreislaufwirtschaft; Switzerland (2019).

        F Heisel; Towards a Circular Construction Industry - a Paradigm Shift; Wacker Chemie AG; Germany (2019).

D E Hebel; Alternative Zukunft: Stuttgart; Staatliche Akademie der Bildenen Künste Weissenhof; Germany (2018).

D E Hebel; Alternativ(en) bauen – Neuartige Werkstoffe für das 21. Jahrhundert; Germany (2018).

F Heisel; Anregungen Zum Ressourcen-Gerechten Bauen; FRÜHJAHRSEMPFANG des Umweltforum Rhein-Main e.V.; Evangelische Akademie Frankfurt; Germany (2018).

D E Hebel; Baustoffe der Zukunft; BBU-Tage 2018 Fokus Mensch; Germany (2018).

D E Hebel; Material Architektur; SFB1244 lecture series “Adaptivität als Utopie”; ILEK; University of Stuttgart (2018).

D E Hebel; Urban Mining and Recycling, Switzerland (2018).

D E Hebel, F Heisel; Urban Mining and Recycling; Opening of Living Unit UMAR; Switzerland (2018).

F Heisel; Innovative Baukonzepte für das 21. Jahrhundert; Die Zukunft das Bauens: Re-Cycle, Re-Use; DETAIL research; Germany (2018).

F Heisel; Urban Mining and Recycling - Materiallager Der Zukunft; Symposium für ressourcengerechtes Bauen; KIT Karlsruhe; Germany (2018).

F Heisel; Urban Mining & Recycling, (R)Evolution Ahead; NEST at Empa Dübendorf; Schweiz (2018)

F Heisel; Urban Mining and Recycling; Real Estate and Circular Ecomony: how to give waste an identy; Switzerland (2018).

D E Hebel; Alternative Construction Materials; Lecture / Exhibition presented at the FCL Conference 2017; Future Cities Laboratory; Singapore (2017).

D E Hebel; Constructing Alternatives; Hans and Roger Strauch Visiting Critic Lecture at Cornell University; USA (2017).

D E Hebel; Eine alternative Zukunft; IE Industrial Engineering Zürich AG; Switzerland (2017).

D E Hebel; Keynote - Circular Economy-Building from Waste; Circular Thinking – from Upcycling to Biofabrication; Germany (2017).

D E Hebel; Ressourcen der Zukunft; Rotary-Fachseminar; Switzerland (2017).

F Heisel; Building an Urban Mine; Deconstruction Conference; Tu Delft; The Netherlands (2017).

F Heisel; Building from Waste - the Waste Vault; Public Lecture presented at the On the Steps / CYCLO: Architectures of Waste; Cornell University; USA (2017).

F Heisel; Rethinking Abundance, Resource-Adequate Building, and the Example of UMAR; On the Steps; Cornell University; USA (2017).

F Heisel; Urban Mining & Recycling - ein Experimentalbau als Materiallager; Kreislaufgerechtes Bauen / Methoden Projekte Ausblicke; Germany (2017).

D E Hebel; Building from Waste; Conference Lecture presented at the Embodied Energy and Design; Conference by GSAPP; Columbia University; USA (2016).

F Heisel; Building from Waste; MIECF 2016 - Macau International Environmental Co-operation Forum & Exhibition; Macau (2016).

D E Hebel; Bauen mit Müll; Public Lecture presented at the Migros Fachtagung Nachhaltiges Bauen; Switzerland (2015).

D E Hebel; BodenSchärtzeWerte - Alternative Ressourcen schaffen; Public Lecture presented at the Alternative Ressourcen schaffen; Focus Terra, ETH Zürich; Switzerland (2015); Link

D E Hebel, P Block, M Wasiuta, B Dillenburger; In the Future, There Will Be No Waste ...; Panel Discussion presented at the IDEAS CITY; ETH Zurich Pavilion; USA (2015); Link

F Heisel; The Waste Vault; Public Talk / Exhibition Opening presented at the architektur 0.15 at bauarena; Switzerland (2015).

M H Wisniewska, F Heisel; Constructing Waste: Upcycling and Rethinking Trash; Seminar and Workshop presented at the Swissnex San Francisco; USA (2015).

M H Wisniewska, F Heisel, T Faulders; Waste Not: Exploring Alternative Building Materials; Public Lecture and Panel Discussion presented at the Swissnex San Francisco; USA (2015); Link

D E Hebel, F Heisel, and L Mrosla; Futurium Berlin - UMAR and MycoTree; Denkraum Natur; Futurium Berlin; (2019); Link


Peer-reviewed papers

K Graser, M Baur, A A Apolinarska, K Dörfler, N Hack, A Jipa, E Lloret-Fritschi, et al.; DFAB HOUSE – A Comprehensive Demonstrator of Digital Fabrication in Architecture; FABRICATE 2020; pp. 130–39; UK (2020); Link 

N Hack, K Dörfler, A N Walzer, T Wangler, J Mata-Falcón, N Kumar, J Buchli et al.; Structural Stay-in-Place Formwork for Robotic in Situ Fabrication of Non-Standard Concrete Structures: A Real Scale Architectural Demonstrator; (2020); Link 

A Thoma, A Adel, M Helmreich, T Wehrle, F Gramazio, M Kohler; Robotic Fabrication of Bespoke Timber Frame Modules; Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design 2018; pp. 447–58; (2019); Link 

K Graser, Y Wang, M Hoffman, M M M Bonanomi, M Kohler, D M Hall; Social Network Analysis of DFAB House: A Demonstrator of Digital Fabrication in Construction; 17th Annual Engineering Project Organization Conference (2019); Link

A Adel, A Thoma, M Helmreich, F Gramazio, M Kohler; Design of Robotically Fabricated Timber Frame Structures; 38th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA 2018); Mexico (2018); Link 

A Meibodi, A Jipa, R Giesecke, D Shammas, M Bernhard, M Leschok, K Graser, B Dillenburger; Smart Slab: Computational Design and Digital Fabrication of a Lightweight Concrete Slab; Re/Calibration: On Imprecision and Infidelity; pp.320–27; (2018); Link 

D Lowke, E Dini, A Perrot, D Weger, C Gehlen, B Dillenburger; Particle-Bed 3D Printing in Concrete Construction – Possibilities and Challenges; Cement and Concrete Research, Cement and Concrete Research; pp. 50–65; (2018); Link

E Lloret Fritschi, F Scotto, F Gramazio, M Kohler, K Graser, T Wangler, L Reiter, R J Flatt, J M Falcon; Challenges of Real-Scale Production with Smart Dynamic Casting; 1st RILEM International Conference on Concrete and Digital Fabrication; Digital Concrete 2018; Switzerland (2018); Link

F Scotto, E Lloret Fritschi, F Gramazio, M Kohler, R J Flatt; Adaptive Control System for Smart Dynamic Casting – Defining Fabrication-Informed Design Tools and Process Parameters in Digital Fabrication Processes; Learning, Adapting and Prototyping – Proceedings of the 23rd CAADRIA Conference; Volume 1, pp. 255-264;Tsinghua University; China (2018); Link

I Agustí-Juan, A Jipa, G Habert; Environmental Assessment of Multi-Functional Building Elements Constructed with Digital Fabrication Techniques; The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment (2018); Link

J Mata Falcon, P Bischof, W Kaufmann; Exploiting the Potential of Digital Fabrication for Sustainable and Economic Concrete Structures; 1st RILEM International Conference on Concrete and Digital Fabrication, Digital Concrete 2018; Switzerland (2018); Link 

M Lussi, T Sandy, K Dorfler, N Hack, F Gramazio, M Kohler, J Buchli; Accurate and Adaptive in Situ Fabrication of an Undulated Wall Using an On-Board Visual Sensing System; 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 1–8. IEEE; (2018); Link

P Pfändler, T Wangler, J M Falcon, R J Flatt, W Kaufmann; Potentials of Steel Fibres for Mesh Mould Elements; 1st RILEM International Conference on Concrete and Digital Fabrication; Digital Concrete 2018; Switzerland (2018); Link

T Wangler; Digital Concrete Processing: A Review; 1st International Conference on 3D Construction Printing (3DcP 2018); Australia (2018); Link 

E Lloret Fritschi, L Reiter, T Wangler, F Gramazio, M Kohler, R J Flatt; Smart Dynamic Casting: – Slipforming with Flexible Formwork – Inline Measurement and Control; Proceedings of the Second Concrete Innovation Conference (CIC); Norway (2017); Link

I Agustí Juan, F Müller, N Hack, T Wangler, G Habert; Potential Benefits of Digital Fabrication for Complex Structures: Environmental Assessment of a Robotically Fabricated Concrete Wall; Journal of Cleaner Production 154; pp. 330–40 (2017); Link

M Aghaei-Meibodi, M Bernhard, B Dillenburger, A Jipa; The Smart Takes from the Strong; Fabricate 2017: Rethinking Design and Construction; pp. 210–17 London: UCL Press (2017); Link

N Hack et al.;  MESH MOULD: AN ON SITE, ROBOTICALLY FABRICATED, FUNCTIONAL FORMWORK; High Performance Concrete and Concrete Innovation Conference; Tromsø (2017); Link

N Kumar et al.; Design, Development and Experimental Assessment of a Robotic End-Effector for Non-standard Concrete Applications; Proceedings of the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA); Singapore (2017); Link

N Ruffray et al.; Complex architectural elements from UHPFRC and 3D printed sandstone; Proceedings of AFGC-ACI-fib-RILEM International Symposium on Ultra-High Performance Fibre-Reinforced Concrete (UHPFRC); pp.135–44; France (2017); Link

A Jipa, M Bernhard, B Dillenburger, M Aghaei-Meibodi; 3D Printed Stay-in-Place Formwork for Topologically Optimised Concrete Slabs; TxA: Emerging Design and Technology 2016; USA (2016); Link

K Dörfler, S Timothy, M Giftthaler, F Gramazio, M Kohler, J Buchli; Mobile Robotic Brickwork – Automation of a Discrete Robotic Fabrication Process Using an Autonomous Mobile Robot; Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design 2016; pp. 204–17; Springer International Publishing (2016); Link

M Schultheiss, T P Wangler, L Reiter, R J Flatt; Feedback Control of Smart Dynamic Casting through Formwork Friction Measurements; SCC 2016 - 8th International RILEM Symposium on Self-Compacting Concrete; pp. 637–44; USA (2016); Link

S Timothy, M Giftthaler, K Dörfler, M Kohler, J Buchli; Autonomous Repositioning and Localization of an In Situ Fabricator; EEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA); Stockholm; pp. 2852–58 (2016); Link

T Wangler, E Lloret, L Reiter, N Hack, F Gramazio, M Kohler, M Bernhard, et al.; Digital Concrete: Opportunities and Challenges; RILEM Technical Letters 1; pp. 67–75 (2016); Link

Invited lectures

M Bernhard; Additive Manufacturing Expo AMX: Forum Lifestyle; Switzerland (2016).



Peer-reviewed papers & book chapters

D Assouline, N Mohajeri, J-L Scartezzini; Estimation of large-scale solar rooftop PV potential for smart grid integration: A methodological review; Sustainable Interdependent Networks: From Theory to Application: 52 (2018)

A Motamed, L Deschamps, J-L Scartezzini; On-site monitoring and subjective comfort assessment of a sunshadings and electric lighting controller based on novel High Dynamic Range vision sensors; Energy and Building 149: pp. 58-72 (2017); Link

A T D Perera, V M Nik, D Mauree, and J-L Scartezzini; An integrated approach to design site specific distributed electrical hubs combining optimization, multi-criterion assessment and decision making; Energy 134: pp.103-120 (2017); Link

A T D Perera, V M Nik, D Mauree, J-L Scartezzini; Electrical hubs: An effective way to integrate nondispatchable renewable energy sources with minimum impact to the grid; Applied Energy 190: pp. 232-248 (2017); Link

O Bouvard, M Lanini, L Burnier, R Witte, B Cuttat, A Salvadè, A Schueler; Structured transparent low emissivity coatings with high microwave transmission; Applied Physics 123(66): 1-10 (2017); Link

A Kostro, M Geiger, J-L Scartezzini, A Schüler; CFSpro: Ray tracing for design and optimization of complex fenestration systems using mixed dimensionality approach; Applied Optics, 55(19): pp. 469-482 (2016); Link

J Gong, A Kostro, A Motamed, and A Schüler; Potential advantages of a multifunctional complex fenestration system with embedded micro-mirrors in daylighting; Solar Energy 139: pp. 412-415 (2016). Link

Invited lectures

A Schüler; Vitrages innovants pour la façade du future - Innovatives Glas für die Fassaden der Zukunft; Fachttagung Windays; Kongresshaus Biel; Schweiz (2017).

A Schüler; Innovative glazing with dynamic solar heat gains; SCCER FEEB&D Final Meeting Phase I; Schweiz (2016).

A Schüler; Nanocomposite optical coatings for solar energy applications; Conference on Science and Applications of Thin Films; Turkey (2016).

A Schüler; Smart Materials for Energy-Efficient Glazed Facades; Engineered Skins 2016 Symposium; Switzerland (2016).

A Schüler; Nanocomposite optical coatings for solar energy applications; Swiss Nano Convention 2016; Switzerland (2016).

A Schüler; Dynamisches Glas: Wie sieht das Fenster 2020/2035 aus?; 2. Fachkongress Energie + Bauen; Schweiz (2016).

D Mauree; Conforts thermiques, systèmes énergétiques et climats urbains; Build and Connect (2016); France (2016).

J-L Scartezzini; SCCER FEEB&D WP2 Building Energy Management R&D Activities; CTI Evaluation Panel Visit; Switzerland (2016).

J-L Scartezzini; NEST/SolAce Unit Presentation; Empa NEST Review Meeting; Switzerland (2016).

M-C Munari-Probst; Solar Energy & Architecture: an Integration Challenge; EUROSUN (2016); Mallorca (2016).


Water Hub

Peer-reviewed papers

B J Ward, S Septien, M Ronteltap, L Strande; Chapter 4. Experimental design for the development, transfer, scale-up, and optimization of treatment technologies: Case studies of dewatering and drying; Velkushanova, Strande, Ronteltap, Kootatep, Brdjanovic; D. & Buckley, C. (Eds.); Methods for Faecal Sludge Analysis, IWA; (2020).


C Doll, T A Larsen, L Strande, K M Udert, E Morgenroth; Water Hub im NEST-Gebäude. Eine Plattform zum Testen von innovativen ressourcenorientierten Sanitärsystemen, Aqua & Gas, 100(2), 52-57; (2020).

C Ziemba, O Larivé, E Reynaert, T Huisman, E Morgenroth; Linking transformations of organic carbon to post-treatment performance in a biological water recycling system; Science of The Total Environment; (2020); Link

E Reynaert, E E Greenwood, B Ndwandwe, M E Riechmann, R C Sindall, K M Udert, E Morgenroth; Practical implementation of true on-site water recycling systems for hand washing and toilet flushing; Water Research X; (2020); Link

I Köpping, C S McArdell, E Borowska, M A Böhler, K M Udert; Removal of pharmaceuticals from nitrified urine by adsorption on granular activated carbon; Water Research X, 9, 100057 pp. 10; (2020); Link

L Britschgi, K Villez, P Schrems, K M Udert; Electrochemical nitrite sensing for urine nitrification. Water Research X, 9, 100055; pp.30; (2020); Link

S Hoffmann, U Feldmann, P M Bach, C Binz, M Farrelly, N Frantzeskaki, H Hiessl, J Inauen, T A Larsen, J Lienert, J Londong, C Lüthi, M Maurer, C Mitchell, E Morgenroth, K L Nelson, L Scholten, B Truffer, K M Udert; A research agenda for the future of urban water management: exploring the potential of non-grid, small-grid, and hybrid solutions; Environmental Science and Technology, 54(9), 5312-5322; (2020); Link

B J Ward, J Traber, A Gueye, B Diop, E Morgenroth, L Strande, L. (2019) Evaluation of conceptual model and predictors of faecal sludge dewatering performance in Senegal and Tanzania; Water Research, 167, 115101; pp. 33; (2019); Link

C Ziemba, O Larivé, S Deck, T Huisman, E Morgenroth; Comparing the anti-bacterial performance of chlorination and electrolysis post-treatments in a hand washing water recycling system; Water Research X, 2, 100020, pp.10; (2019); Link

H Gründl, T A Larsen; The toilet revolution: improved water pollution control and reuse of wastewater in urban slums and in modern cities; World Architecture, (06), 36-39; (2019).

M E Verbyla, A K Pitol, T Navab-Daneshmand, S J Marks, T R Julian; Safely managed hygiene: a risk-based assessment of handwashing water quality; Environmental Science and Technology, 53(5), 2852-2861; (2019); Link

N Andriessen, B J Ward, L Strande; To char or not to char? Review of technologies to produce solid fuels for resource recovery from faecal sludge; Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 9(2), 210-224 (2019); Link

C Ziemba, O Larivé, E Reynaert, E Morgenroth; Chemical composition, nutrient-balancing and biological treatment of hand washing greywater; Water Research, 144, 752-762 (2018); Link

L Keogh; Flows of science. Source separation technology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), 1992-2017, Eawag, Dübendorf; (2018); Link

P-Y Hong, T Julian, M-L Pype, S C Jiang, K L Nelson,  D Graham, A Pruden, C M Manaia; treated wastewater: consideration of the safety aspects associated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes; Water, 10(3), 244 pp.22; (2018); Link

R Penn, B J Ward, L Strande, M Maurer; Review of synthetic human faeces and faecal sludge for sanitation and wastewater research, Water Research; 132, 222-240 (2018); Link

A Ding, H Liang, G Li, I Szivak, J Traber, and W Pronk; A Low Energy Membrane Bioreactor for Grey Water Treatment: Effect of Oxygen Content on Permeability and Removal of Organics; Journal of Membrane Science (2017); Link

B J Ward, E Morgenroth, and L Strande; Dewatering characterization of synthetic faecal sludge; Sandec News (18): 8 (2017). 

M T Nguyen, L Allemann, C Ziemba, O Larivé, E Morgenroth, T R Julian; Controlling bacterial pathogens in water for reuse: treatment technologies for water recirculation in the Blue Diversion Autarky Toilet; Frontiers in Environmental Science, 5, 90 pp. 13; (2017); Link

R Penn, B J Ward, L Strande, and M Maurer; Synthetic human faeces for sanitation and wastewater research: Review and development of a novel simulant; Submitted to Water Research (2017); Link

A Ding et al.; Impact of aeration shear stress on permeate flux and fouling layer properties in a low pressure membrane bioreactor for the treatment of grey water; Journal of Membrane Science 510: 382–390 (2016); Link

A Fumasoli, B Etter, B Sterkele, E Morgenroth, K M Udert; Operating a pilot-scale nitrification/distillation plant for complete nutrient recovery from urine. Water Science and Technology 73, 215-222; (2016); Link

T A Larsen, S Hoffmann, C Lüthi, B Truffer, and M Maurer; Emerging solutions to the water challenges of an urbanizing world; Science 352(6288): 928-933 (2016); Link

T A Larsen; Redesigning wastewater infrastructure to improve resource efficiency; Water Science and Technology, 63(11), 2535-2541; (2011); Link


Conference papers & invited lectures

B Hadengue, A Scheidegger, E Morgenroth, T  A Larsen; The Water Hub Modules: Material and Energy Flow Analysis of Domestic Hot Water Systems; Germany (2019).

B J Ward, S B Sam, E Morgenroth, L Strande; Progress in Faecal Sludge Dewatering: Evaluating a conceptual model and predictors of dewatering performance. Faecal Sludge Management – FSM5; South Africa (2019).

B J Ward, L Strande; Moisture content: Solving the Achilles heel of faecal sludge treatment and processing options. Faecal Sludge Management – FSM5; South Africa (2019).

C Doll, B Etter, N Hubaux, K M Udert; Water Hub @ NEST: Review and Challenges of Source Separated Wastewater Management; Israel (2018).

B Etter, N Hubaux, K M Udert, E Morgenroth; Water Hub @ NEST: Practical Implications of Source Separation; IWA Conference on sustainable solutions for small water and wastewater treatment systems (S2small2017); France (2017); Link

B J Ward, M Gold, E Morgenroth, R Kimwaga, L Strande; Faecal Sludge Dewatering: Two New Research Facilities for a Multi Directional Approach. Faecal Sludge Management – FSM4; India (2017).

T A Larsen; Urine source separation; Eawag Dübendorf; Switzerland (2017).

T A Larsen; Emerging solutions to the water challenges of an urbanizing world (2017). Link

Invited keynote presentation at the 4th Water Research Conference: The Role of Water Technology Innovation in the Blue Economy, Waterloo, Ontario (10-13. September 2017).

Invited keynote presentation and webinar at the Rich Earth Institute’s 3rd Annual Urine Diversion Summit; USA (2017).

B Etter; Wasser: blau, grau, gelb oder schwarz – der Water Hub im NEST; TOP 100 Gebäudehüllen Fachtagung; Schweiz (2016). 

B Etter; Wasser und Nährstoffe rezyklieren im Gebäude – der Water Hub im NEST; WI-LO Fachtagung Wasser/Abwasser; Switzerland (2016). 

B Etter et al.; Water Hub @ NEST: A Living Lab to Test Innovative Wastewater Treatment Solutions; Greece (2016). 


Energy Hub – ehub

Peer-reviewed papers

F Bünning, B Huber, P Heer, A Aboudonia, J Lygeros; Experimental demonstration of data predictive control for energy optimization and thermal comfort in buildings; Energy Build (2020); Link

F Bünning, P Heer, R S Smith, J Lygeros; Improved day ahead heating demand forecasting; Energy Build  (2020); Link

F Bünning, P Heer, R S Smith, J Lygeros; Sensitivity analysis of data-driven building energy demand forecasts; CISBAT 2019 international conference on climate resilient cities - energy efficiency & renewables in the digital era (2019); Link

J Allan, G Georges, P Heer, D Budiman, L Croce; Characterization of heat-pump, PV and battery demonstrator technologies using a coherent energy assessment; CISBAT 2019 international conference on climate resilient cities - energy efficiency & renewables in the digital era; Journal of physics: conference series; Vol. 1343; (2019); Link

M Khosravi, A Eichler, N Schmid, P Heer, R S Smith; Controller tuning by Bayesian optimization. An application to a heat pump; 18th European control conference (ECC): pp. 1467-1472 Italy (2019); Link

M Khosravi, N Schmid, A Eichler, P Heer, R S Smith; Machine learning-based modeling and controller tuning of a heat pump; CISBAT 2019 international conference on climate resilient cities - energy efficiency & renewables in the digital era (2019); Link

R Fricker; Flexible forschung mit flexibler Kommunikation; Bulletin SEV/VSE, Fachzeitschrift und Verbandsinformationen von Electrosuisse und VSE; pp. 36-40 (2018); Link

R Knechtle; Ein stabiles Netz dank "smarter" Teilnehmer; Bulletin SEV/VSE, Fachzeitschrift und Verbandsinformationen von Electrosuisse und VSE; pp. 57-61 (2018); Link

P Richner, P Heer, R Largo, E Marchesi, E Zimmermann; NEST – A platform for the acceleration of innovation in buildings; Informes de la Construcción pp. 222 (2018); Link

P Heer; Energiezukunft im Quartier erforschen und demonstrieren; Schweizer Energiefachbuch 2017: Nachhaltig Planen, Bauen und Betreiben; Schweizer Energiefachbuch, Vol. 2017; Kömedia: St. Gallen, pp. 62-65 (2017); Link

L Baldini; Dynamic Energy Weighting Factors to Promote the Integration of Renewables into Buildings; Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) regional conference; Switzerland (2016); Link

P Heer; Energiezukunft im Quartier erforschen und demonstrieren; Die Empa sucht mit Grossprojekten nach marktfähigen Lösungen im Gebäude-, Mobilitäts- und Energiebereich; Bulletin SEV/VSE, Fachzeitschrift und Verbandsinformationen von Electrosuisse und VSE; pp. 12-15 (2016); Link