Consumption shapes life, space and city

ReCity is concerned with the interaction between consumer behavior and urban living space.

The French design company Faltazi develops ecologically oriented product series for industry and society. As operational designers they also develop process systems as a basis for new product concepts. Their project Ekokook, an ecological concept kitchen which on the one hand deals with energy-saving materials and on the other hand suggests innovative possibilities for waste recycling, also falls into the first discipline. A further development of the vision into urban space led to the project Les Ekovores, which aims to develop a model system of agricultural production, processing and distribution units in urban space.

Urban Farming, or 'Urban Agriculture', the farming in the middle of the city, has experienced an enormous boom in recent years. On the one hand, this is a revival of old traditions of self-sufficiency, on the other hand, it is the need for identification with the urban living environment, which is becoming increasingly important in the light of globalization. The means are versatile, mostly socio-politically or ecologically motivated and are sometimes implemented in a classical or even technologically sophisticated way. UrbanFarmers is a spin-off company of the ZHAW (Zurich University of Applied Sciences) in Wädenswil. As a clean tech start-up with the goals planet, people and profit, they try to bring ecological sustainability, social capital and economic success under one roof.

Water is home, water is cycle, water is economy, water is energy, water is space, water is finiteness, water is responsibility, water is basic right. In the interweaving of scientific results with practical activities, Atelier Dreiseitl constantly gives new impulses to the handling of rainwater in urban areas and passes them on in teaching assignments, committee work, lectures, interdisciplinary planning groups and numerous publications.

The Swiss building stock represents a material weight of around 2,090 million tons, with building construction accounting for 1,400 million tons or about two thirds of this. In relation to the resident population of Switzerland, this results in a total weight of 304 tons per inhabitant. The materials comprise a volume of 1'190 million cubic meters. The annual volume of construction waste in Switzerland is estimated at approximately 11 million tons. This corresponds to a per capita waste volume of approximately 1.4 tons per year, a huge potential of destroyed reusable building materials. A direct form of recycling in the construction industry is the reuse of individual components. They are dismantled in the demolition sites, then processed and stored until they are reused. The in situ construction office in Basel under the management of Barbara Buser works intensively with the Bauteilbörse.