Systematic  observation of  the Jury meeting of the Viennese district of Floridsdorf in October 2023. Photo credit: © MA 20 / Fürthner

Our partner PIK hosted a three-day workshop entitled “Towards a Climate Positive Built Environment Using Bio-based and Re-used Materials“. The workshop was organised as part of a Connective Cities dialogue event and gathered 40 international participants among local government, business and civil society, including the Mayor of Potsdam, Mike Schubert, who met to exchange expertise and to discuss local project ideas on how to advance climate-friendly construction.

The LOCALISED project coordinator – Professor Jürgen Kropp (Head of the Urban Transformation Group at PIK) – highlighted the relevance of local actions, with a particular focus on the construction sector. Indeed, the building sector is responsible for a large share of emissions and has a crucial role to play in achieving international climate targets.

As the city of Potsdam, which hosted the event, is also very active in the field of timber construction, two examples has been presented during the workshop. Other German municipalities are already active in either using bio-based materials for construction and/or renovation, or developing concepts for the reuse of materials in renovation processes. The Bauhaus Earth team therefore presented their plans for an experimental pavilion made of wood and other bio-based materials to be presented in Potsdam. Instead, the international guests brought with them new perspectives and ideas from traditional buildings and the challenges they face in their own countries, as well as from community approaches and concepts that they have successfully tested.

Overall, participants shared experiences and challenges, established new collaborations and developed plans to address pressing issues through mutual learning.