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

If you have published a scientific paper related to NEST, please contact .

Vision Wood

Peer-reviewed papers

Guo, H. et al. (2016). Bio-inspired superhydrophobic and omniphobic wood surfaces. Advanced Materials Interfaces, 1600289. Link

Berglund, L.A and Burgert, I. (2018). Bioinspired wood nanotechnology for functional materials. Advanced Materials 1704285. Link

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conference papers & invited lectures

Burgert, I. Bio-inspired wood materials. COST Action FP1407 - PhD Workshop Hamburg, 3-5 July 2017.

Zimmermann, T. Funktionale holz- und zellulosebasierte Materialien für ein breites Anwendungsspektrum. WKI Braunschweig, 27. März 2017.

Burgert, I. Bio-inspired wood materials. ETH - Chalmers 4th Bilateral Workshop, Zurich, 19-21 September 2016. Link

Burgert, I., Merk, V., Chanana, M. High performance wood materials – progress, challenges and visions. WCTE Vienna, 22-25 August 2016.

Michen, B., Bellanger, H., Guo, H., Burgert, I. Funktionalisierung von Holzoberflächen. S-WIN Statusseminar Holzoberflächen und Modifikationen für innovative Fassaden. Winterthur, 23 June 2016.

Zimmermann, T. Revolutionäres Holz – Materialinnovationen auf Holzbasis. Seminar Peterhans Schibli, Baden, 27. 05. 2016.

Zimmermann, T. NEST – Modul “Vision Wood“ in der Umsetzung. 14. Techniker Tag VGQ. Dübendorf, 03. März 2016.

Zimmermann, T. Funktionalisierte holzbasierte Materialien für ein breites Anwendungsspektrum. Top 100 Gebäudehülle Network, Herbstversammlung, 8. November 2016.

Zimmermann, T. Functional wood based materials @Empa. Profilfeld Polymer- und Kolloidforschung, Universität Bayreuth, 2015

Zimmermann, T. NEST Module Vision Wood, NAREP + Energy Seminar. 02. November 2015.

Schubert, M. 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, Stockholm, Se, ISSN 2000-8953, 2013. 



Peer-reviewed papers

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

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

Invited lectures

Schwehr, P., Schuchert, L. (2017) Input & Workshop Office «Arbeitsplatz Zukunft / Ressource Raum – Reden. Denken. Tun.», Swiss Life Group HR, 14. August 2017.

Schwehr, P.  (2017) Usability Walktrough Part 1, Vitra, LOG Empa, CCTP, 27. Juli 2017.

Schwehr, P.  (2017) Input & Expertentalk Office, Basler&Hoffmann Innerschweiz AG, 18. Juli 2017.

Schwehr, P.  (2017) … und das ist erst der Anfang! Innovationsanlass, REM/TU Berlin, 1. Juli 2017.

Schwehr, P.  (2017) Input & Expertentalk Office, urban-consult/Berlin, 30. Juni 2017.

Schwehr, P.  (2017) 2050 ist heute gestern! Foresight & Innovationen - ein persönliches Statement, SPS/Wincasa, 28. Juni 2017.

Schwehr, P.  (2017) … und das ist erst der Anfang! Innovationsanlass, SPS/Wincasa, 7. Juni 2017.

Amstutz, S. (2017) Meet2Create Kriterien für das Wohlbefinden im Office, SVLW Generalversammlung, 11. Mai 2017.

Schwehr, P.  (2017) Input & Expertentalk Office, Stadt Zürich, Immobilien Verwaltungs-, Werk-, Sozial- u. Kulturbauten, 5. Mai 2017.

Schwehr, P.  (2017) Sinnfrage Office, Die Rolle des Office in Zeiten von Mobilität, Flexibilität und Erreichbarkeit, Velux, 20. März 2017.

Eckert, J. (2016) Work a round – Ein Simulationsspiel zur Planung von Office, Herbsttagung Bueroszene, 22 November 2016.

Amstutz, S. (2016) Human Office – Forschungsprojekte aus dem Bereich Arbeitswelten, Herbsttagung Bueroszene, 22 November 2016.

Schwehr, P.  (2016) Watson, Pepper & Co, Herbsttagung Bueroszene, 22 November 2016.

Schwehr, P.  (2016) Wirtschaftspartner Event CCTP, Repräsentanten aus Politik, Wirtschaft und Forschung, 22. November 2016.

Schwehr, P.  (2016) Sinnfrage Office? Die Rolle des Office in Zeiten von Mobilität, Flexibilität und Erreichbarkeit, ProRenova, 7. November 2016.

Amstutz, S. (2016) Co Creation: Nährboden für kreative Zusammenarbeit, Office Symposium, Toni Areal, 8. September 2016.

Schwehr, P., Amstutzt, S. (2016) Meet2Create Laboratory for Collaboration NEST, Repräsentanten aus Politik, Wirtschaft und Forschung, 23. Mai 2016.



Peer-reviewed papers

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

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

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

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

Lydon, G.P., Hofer J., Nagy, Z., Schlueter, A. High-resolution analysis for the development of tabs in lightweight structures, in: IBPSA Building Simulation 2017, San Francisco, USA, 2017. Link

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

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

Lydon, G.P., Hofer, J., Nagy, Z., Schlueter, A., Thermal analysis of a multifunctional floor element, In: IBPSA Building Simulation and Optimization 2016, Newcastle, UK, 2016. Link

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

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

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

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

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

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

Méndez Echenagucia, T., Roozen, B., and Block, P. 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 2016,Tokyo, Japan,2016 (September). Link

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

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

Jayathissa, P., Caranovic, S., Begle, M., Svetozarevic, B., Hofer, J., Nagy, Z., Schlueter, A. Structural and Architectural Integration of Adaptive Photovoltaic Modules. Conference on Advanced Building Skins, Bern, Switzerland, October 10-11, 2016. Link

Nagy, Z. et al. The Adaptive Solar Facade: From Concept to Prototypes. Frontiers of Architectural Research, 5, 2, 2016. Link

Jayathissa, P., Caranovic, S., Begle, M., Svetozarevic, B., Hofer, J., Nagy, Z., Schlueter, A. Structural and Architectural Integration of Adaptive Photovoltaic Modules. Conference on Advanced Building Skins, Bern, Switzerland, October 10-11, 2016. Link

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

Hofer, J., Groenewolt, A., Jayathissa, P., Nagy, Z., Schlueter, A. Parametric analysis and systems design of dynamic photovoltaic shading modules. Energy Science and Engineering, 4, 2, 134–152, 2016. Link

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

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

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

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

Invited lectures

Invited lectures by Prof. Philippe Block


First RILEM International Conference on Concrete and Digital Fabrication, ETH Zurich


9th Institute of Structural Engineers (IStructE) Asia-Pacific Forum on “Going Digital in Structural Engineering”, Shanghai, China

Footbridge 2017, TU Berlin, Germany

DigitalFUTURE Shanghai 2017, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

University College, Bartlett School of Architecture, London, UK

University of Bath, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Bath, UK


Geometry and Computational Design (GCD) Symposium, TU Vienna, Austria

Structural Engineering Day, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

Symposium on Computational Fabrication, MIT CSAIL, Cambridge, MA, USA

Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain

Polytechnic University of Valencia, Department of Architecture, Valencia, Spain

University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Cardiff University, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff, UK


Geometry and Computational Design (GCD) Symposium, TU Vienna, Austria 

Structural Engineering Day, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

Symposium on Computational Fabrication, MIT CSAIL, Cambridge, MA, USA

TU Darmstadt, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Darmstadt, Germany

Princeton University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton, NJ, USA

University of British Columbia, School of Architecture, Vancouver, Canada

Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Architecture, Prague, Czech Republic 


Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Architecture, Gothenburg, Sweden

University of Oregon, Department of Architecture, Eugene, WA, USA

University College London, The Bartlett School of Architecture, London, UK

University of Applied Arts, Institute of Architecture, Vienna, Austria

University of Kassel, School of Architecture, Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture, Germany

ETH Zurich, Department of Architecture, Zurich, Switzerland


Monash University, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Melbourne, Australia

Syracuse University School of Architecture London Program, London, UK 

Architectural Association, School of Architecture, London, UK 

RMIT University, Design Research institute, Melbourne, Australia


University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building, Sydney, Australia

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Department of Architectural Engineering, Brussels, Belgium 

Université Catholique de Louvain, Faculty of Architecture, Architectural Engineering and Urbanism, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium


Urban Mining & Recycling

Peer-reviewed papers & book chapters

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

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

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

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

Hebel, D.E. 2017. Reservoir Building: Towards an Idea of Abundant Pertinence. In Embodied Energy and Design: Making Architecture Between Metrics and Narratives, edited by David Benjamin, 107–16. New York, N.Y, USA and Zürich, Switzerland: Columbia University GSAPP, Lars Müller Publishers. 

Hebel, D.E., Wisniewska, M.H., and Heisel, F. 2017. Building from Waste - the Waste Vault. In IMMINENT COMMONS: Urban Questions for the Near Future, edited by Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Hyungmin Pai, and urbanNext. Seoul, South Korea: Actar Publishers, Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017. Link

Hebel, D.E. et al. 2017. Circular Economy Pedagogical Methods, by Professor Dirk Hebel. In The Re-Use Atlas: A Designer’s Guide towards a Circular Economy, edited by Duncan Baker-Brown, 110–13. London, UK: RIBA Publishing. Link

Heisel, F., and Bisrat, K. 2016. The Economic Importance of Recycling. In Lessons of Informality: Architecture and Urban Planning for Emerging Territories - Concepts from Ethiopia, edited by Felix Heisel and Bisrat Kifle, 121–28. Basel, Switzerland: Birkhäuser. Link

Hebel, D.E. 2015. Technologie: Material und Technik - Dirk Hebel. In BodenSchätzeWerte, Unser Umgang mit Rohstoffen, Publikation zur Sonderausstellung von focusTerra, edited by Kastrup, Ulrike, 1st ed. Zürich, Switzerland: focusTerra, ETH Zürich. Link

Invited lectures

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

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

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

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

Hebel, D.E. (2018). Urban Mining and Recycling, Basel, Halle 7.

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

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

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

Hebel, D.E. (2018). Baustoffe der Zukunft, BBU-Tage 2018 Fokus Mensch, Bad Saarow, Brandenburg, Germany.

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

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

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

Hebel, D.E. (2017). Constructing Alternatives, Hans and Roger Strauch Visiting Critic Lecture at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY State, Cornell University.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hebel, D.E. (2016). “Building from Waste.” Conference Lecture presented at the Embodied Energy and Design, Conference by GSAPP, Columbia University New York City, USA.

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

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

Hebel, D.E. (2015). “Bauen mit Müll.” Public Lecture presented at the Migros Fachtagung Nachhaltiges Bauen, Bern, Switzerland.

Hebel, D.E., Block, P., Wasiuta M., and Benjamin D. (2015). “In the Future, There Will Be No Waste ...” Panel Discussion presented at the IDEAS CITY, ETH Zurich Pavilion, New York City, USA. Link

Wisniewska, M.H, and Heisel, F. (2015). “Constructing Waste: Upcycling and Rethinking Trash.” Seminar and Workshop presented at the Swissnex San Francisco, 25 April 2015, San Francisco, USA.

Wisniewska, M.H, Heisel F., Ross, and Faulders, T. (2015). “Waste Not: Exploring Alternative Building Materials.” Public Lecture and Panel Discussion presented at the Swissnex San Francisco, 21 April 2015, San Francisco, USA. Link



Peer-reviewed papers

Wangler, Timothy, Ena Lloret, Lex Reiter, Norman Hack, Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler, Mathias Bernhard, et al. 2016. Digital Concrete: Opportunities and Challenges. In RILEM Technical Letters 1:67–75. Link

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

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

Dörfler, K., Timothy, S., Giftthaler, M., Gramazio, F., Kohler, M., and Buchli, J. 2016. Mobile Robotic Brickwork – Automation of a Discrete Robotic Fabrication Process Using an Autonomous Mobile Robot. In Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design 2016, edited by Dagmar Reinhardt, Rob Saunders, and Jane Burry, 204–17. Springer International Publishing. Link

Hack, N. et al. 2017. MESH MOULD: AN ON SITE, ROBOTICALLY FABRICATED, FUNCTIONAL FORMWORK. In High Performance Concrete and Concrete Innovation Conference, edited by Submitted 01.11 2016. Tromsø. Link

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

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

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

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

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

Jipa, A., Bernhard, M., Dillenburger B., and Aghaei-Meibodi, M. 2016. 3D Printed Stay-in-Place Formwork for Topologically Optimised Concrete Slabs. TxA: Emerging Design and Technology 2016, San Antonio, Texas, submitted / to be published. Link

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

Invited lectures

21. Sept. 2016: Additive Manufacturing Expo AMX, Lucerne, Forum Lifestyle, Mathias Bernhard.



Peer-reviewed papers & book chapters

Perera, A.T.D., Nik, V.M., Mauree, D., and Scartezzini, J.-L. 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

Motamed, A., Deschamps, L., Scartezzini, J.-L. 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

Perera, A.T.D., Nik, V.M., Mauree, D., Scartezzini, J.-L. 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

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

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

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

Assouline, D., Mohajeri, N., Scartezzini, J.-L. Estimation of large-scale solar rooftop PV potential for smart grid integration: A methodological review, Sustainable Interdependent Networks: From Theory to Application, 52 p., New York; Springer Publishing.

Invited lectures

Scartezzini, J.-L. SCCER FEEB&D WP2 Building Energy Management R&D Activities, CTI Evaluation Panel Visit, November 2016, EMPA Dübendorf.

Scartezzini J.-L. NEST/SolAce Unit Presentation, EMPA NEST Review Meeting, September 2016, EMPA Dübendorf.

Schüler, A. Dynamisches Glas: Wie sieht das Fenster 2020/2035 aus? 2. Fachkongress Energie + Bauen, May 2016, St Gallen.

Schüler, A. Nanocomposite optical coatings for solar energy applications, Swiss Nano Convention 2016, June 2016, Basel.

Schüler, A. Smart Materials for Energy-Efficient Glazed Facades, Engineered Skins 2016 Symposium, October 2016, Bern.

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

Schüler, A. Innovative glazing with dynamic solar heat gains, SCCER FEEB&D Final Meeting Phase I, October 2016, EMPA Dübendorf.

Munari-Probst, M.-C. Solar Energy & Architecture: an Integration Challenge, EUROSUN 2016, November 2016, Palma de Majorca (Spain).

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

Schüler A. Vitrages innovants pour la façade du future - Innovatives Glas für die Fassaden der Zukunft, Fachttagung Windays, March 2017, Kongresshaus, Bienne/Biel.


Water Hub

Peer-reviewed papers

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

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

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

Ding, A. et al. (2016) 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. Link

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

Conference papers & invited lectures

Etter, B., Hubaux, N., Udert, K.M., Morgenroth, E. (2017) Water Hub @ NEST: Practical Implications of Source Separation. IWA Conference on sustainable solutions for small water and wastewater treatment systems (S2small2017), 22-26 October, Nantes, France. Link

Etter, B. et al. (2016) Water Hub @ NEST: A Living Lab to Test Innovative Wastewater Treatment Solutions, 14-16 September, Athens, Greece. 

Etter, B. (2016) Wasser und Nährstoffe rezyklieren im Gebäude – der Water Hub im NEST. WI-LO Fachtagung Wasser/Abwasser. 18. Oktober 2016, Pilatus, Schweiz. 

Etter, B. (2016) Wasser: blau, grau, gelb oder schwarz – der Water Hub im NEST. TOP 100 Gebäudehüllen Fachtagung. 8. November 2016, Dübendorf, Schweiz. 

Larsen, T.A. (2017) Urine source separation @ Eawag.

Invited keynote presentation and webinar at the Rich Earth Institute’s 3rd Annual Urine Diversion Summit on 17-18 August, 2017, in Vermont, USA.

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

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


Energy Hub – ehub

Peer-reviewed papers

Baldini, L. Dynamic Energy Weighting Factors to Promote the Integration of Renewables into Buildings, Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) regional conference, Zurich, June 15-17, 2016. Link