Dirk Hebel: Constructing Alternatives

photo of triangular sculpture
Work by Dirk Hebel. photo / provided
photo of robotic material construction
Work by Dirk Hebel. photo / provided

Hans and Roger Strauch Visiting Critic Lecture

Dirk E. Hebel is a professor of sustainable construction at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. Before that, he was an assistant professor of architecture and construction at ETH Zürich, Switzerland. He was also the founding scientific director of the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction, and City Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and a guest professor at Syracuse University and guest lecturer at Princeton University.

Hebel practices architecture by activating unusual building materials such as air (DISCOVERIES, an exhibition for the Foundation Lindau Nobel Prize Winners; and ON_AIR, an installation for Kunst-Werke Berlin), water (as the project manager for Diller and Scofidio for the Blur Building for EXPO.02 in Switzerland), bamboo (in his research on new bamboo composite materials for the building sector), or waste (as in the ETH Pavilion for IDEAS CITIES 2015 in New York City, and the award-winning project UNITED_BOTTLE). His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions worldwide, including, most recently the Design Fair Cologne (2017), the Seoul Architecture Biennial (2017), and the Venice Biennale of Architecture (2016). Hebel is teaching as a Hans and Roger Strauch Visiting Critic at Cornell's College of Architecture, Art, and Planning for fall 2017.