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The Imagine blog is supported by the Imagine Group which is a network of teachers and constructors – of builders, structural planners and climate designers. The group sees itself as a merger of educational, research and planning institutions working on conceptual and experimental solutions for structural and climate-related challenges. Imagine Group’s concept is to network the knowledge base according to the tasks and challenges at hand, to provide technical solutions for esthetic and constructive issues. This type of networked collaboration without large, locally fixed hierarchies enables an interdisciplinary, yet topic-related working method that is efficient and – just as important – fun. You are welcome to enjoy our blog that will include not only our concepts, ideas, news and thoughts but will also offer inspiring topics as well as pictures for your own creative work. for more info about the imagine group and the persons behind watch:

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If you are a long time follower of our blog you may have recognized that we have posted a lot of content from the bucky lab the TU Delft prototyping master class. We have now started a new blog dedicated to the bucky lab, so if you are interested have a look and follow us also there:

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In October 2014, the Master’s program ClimaDesign at TUM will start with a new course. The program is focused on synergistic planning approaches and holistic strategies for climate-responsive and energy-efficient buildings and cities. The postgraduate master’s degree program ClimaDesign is intended to further develop the  specialization and scientific research of energy-efficient planning and construction, building climatology and architectural design quality. ClimaDesign also prepares individuals for key positions in professional practice, research and development on a national and international level. What makes it unique in its form is the interdisciplinary, the global growing network ClimaDesign as well as the practical reference to professional planners from the industry as well as renowned architects and engineers, the part time study in compact block weeks and the readapted  teaching that is based on current topics. Application period is until 31st July 2014. More Information about the master´s program at


The last 3 days we had a very inspiring workshop in the Aedes gallery in Berlin. Future City Lab is imagined by Thomas Auer / Transsolar and Daniel Dendra / anotherArchitect to develop and research the furture of our cities of 2050. Following the spririt ” We cant predict the future we have to design it, the future city lab becomes a network of experts, universities and students from all over the world.

Normally without a location, the future city lab settled down in the architectural gallery AEDES in Berlin converting the exhibition rooms into a workshop lab hosting several workshops with world class experts and creative students in different fields of interest.

This time the workshop was called “clothing the city” and was supported by the korean company KOLON, which is one of the biggest groups in Korea. Having the different experts from the automotive, technical textiles and fashion departments on the table the students were able to think about the future of the textile skin of our buildings and facades.

Next to the experts from Kolon, members of the imagine group Thomas Auer, Ulrich Knaack, Holger Techen and Marcel Bilow also the Korean architects from SUH architects Euhlo Suh and Kyungen Kim joined the workshop to support the students with their concepts and ideas.

More info about the future city lab on:
you can also follow the facebook site of the future city lab just search for futurecitylab.


Have a look on Thomas TED talk in Hamburg. We are proud of you Thomas, move on !


The detail magazine made a video about sustainable architecture in which also our facade concept for the Solarlux building in the Netherlands is presented.

The video is in german, click in the picture to get it.

For more infos about the project use our tag cloud or search for solarlux in the blog. Picture source:  SOLARLUX / SL Co2mfort-Fassade


For the open source design project Thomas Auer from Transsolar had a video meeting with Francis Bitonti and Bradley Rothenberg (Acconci Studio) on functions and materials of the POD.

find more of their design on the website from opensimsim