FCL Young Researcher Symposium

Aurel von Richthofen and Maria Papadopoulou organise the FCL Young Researcher Symposium at the Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore ETH Center in April 2016.

Sand: an (in)finite Resource?

The E4D Summer School 2016 with the topic of "Sand: an (in)finite Resource?" is organised by ETH Global in collaboration with the Chair of Architecture and Construction of ETH Zurich Assistant Professor Dirk E. Hebel, Aurel von Richthofen and the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at TU Delft, The Netherlands.

Coordinator FCL

Aurel von Richthofen has been appointed Module Coordinator at the Chair of Architecture and Construction at the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) in Singapore since September 2014. He will coordinate the research done at the Advanced Fibre Composite Materials laboratory (also known as Bamboo Lab) and contribute to the interdisciplinary Tropical Town project in Indonesia.

Constructing Sand

Dirk E. Hebel, Aurel von Richthofen: Emerging selective laser sintering technology applied to an untapped resource – retrieved sand – opens new possibilities in light-weight durable and recyclable construction materials at FCL’s Sand Lab.

Arab Gulf Cities in Transition: Space, Politics and Society

The cities in the Arab Gulf are developing in a fast and unprecedented way. The vast majority of the growing population of the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are concentrated in these cities. While they are a focal point for immigration, they are unique spaces and places on various other levels, too: In many cases the Arab Gulf cities represent the exclusive political and economic centres of their countries; they consume a vast amount of energy; they have surpassed other Arab cities in their size and scale; their exponential growth is driven by diminishing fossil resources and, therefore, they have realised the urgent need to adopt sustainable development policies.