Collaborative Research Centre 1244

Adaptive skins and structures for the built environment of tomorrow

Since January 2017, fourteen institutes of the University of Stuttgart have been working in close interdisciplinary cooperation on the question of how in view of a growing world population and shrinking resources, more housing with less material can be created in the future. Prof. Werner Sobek, head of the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design, is the speaker for the Collaborative Research Center.

The aim of the CRC 1244 is to find answers to the urgent ecological and social questions of our time for the construction industry. The integration of adaptive elements into load-bearing structures, enveloping systems and interior design is considered as an important approach. The CRC 1244 explores the basics, potentials and implications of this approach.

Through the development of novel adaptive concepts for all areas of the built environment, the CRC 1244 stands for a sustainable architecture that takes the responsibility of economical, ecological and sociocultural issues. The basis for defining these goals is the common conviction of all partners that material and energy consumption in the construction process must be extremely reduced in the near future - while at the same time increasing user comfort.

Adaptivity in the built environment requires a fundamental transformation of the architectural design of buildings. Accordingly, the CRC 1244 is concerned about the development of individual structural components as well as their integration into the overall system. Both being equally important. Only through this integral approach can construction meet the challenges of our time.

Structure of the Collaborative Research Centre and links to the projects


Participating institutions of the University of Stuttgart:

Institute for Acoustics and Building Physics (IABP)
Institute for Structural Mechanics (IBB)
Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD)
Institute of Aircraft Design (IFB)
Institute of Industrial Manufacturing and Management (IFF)
Institute for Engineering Design and Industrial Design (IKTD)
Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK)
Institute of Machine Components (IMA)
Chair of Macromolecular Materials and Fiber Chemistry, Institute of Polymer Chemistry (IPOC)
Institute for System Dynamics (ISYS)
Institute of Engineering and Computational Mechanics (ITM)
Institute of Applied Optics (ITO)
Institute for Visualisation and Interactive Systems (VIS)
Visualisation Research Centre (VISUS)

Extramural institutions:

Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (IBP)
Professor of Architecture and Art, HafenCity University of Hamburg
Professor of Temporary buildings, University of the Arts Bremen

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Walter Haase


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Werner Sobek