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# 06: Bridges (in German)

Welcome to the new episode of our podcast “Building Future”. This time, our guest is Andreas Malcher, civil engineer and team leader bridge construction at Werner Sobek. He has been working as a specialist in the field of bridge construction for many years and provides interesting insights into his work in this conversation. How can design, load-bearing structure and sustainability be taken into account in equal measure when designing bridges – and what challenges will planners and builders have to face in the future? Listen in!

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# 05: Adaptive Structures and Facades (in German)

How can the built environment of tomorrow be realised sustainably today? Against this background, a new episode of the podcast “Building the Future” by Werner Sobek sheds light on the importance of adaptive load-bearing structures and façades. This time, the guests are Prof. Lucio Blandini, board member at Werner Sobek and head of the Institute for Lightweight Design and Construction (ILEK) at the University of Stuttgart, and Dr. Stefanie Weidner, sustainability specialist at Werner Sobek. They present a milestone in the field of innovative construction: the demonstrator high-rise building in Stuttgart-Vaihingen. This 36.5-metre-high tower is the world’s first adaptive high-rise in which the supporting structure and façade can automatically adapt optimally to changing wind and weather conditions. This saves resources on a large scale without compromising safety or user comfort.

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# 04: S21 and its Chalice-Shaped Columns (in German)

Angelika Schmid is our guest in this episode. The authorised signatory and team leader at Werner Sobek provides exciting insights into the engineering firm’s contribution to the major Stuttgart 21 project. Together with her team, she was responsible for the planning of the so-called goblet supports, among other things. These support the roof structure of the new underground station in the heart of the state capital. They are characterised not only by their slender and elegant shape, but also by their complex inner workings.Angelika Schmid explains the special features of the goblet supports, but also talks about what the project has to do with sustainability and what the current status is on the construction site.

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# 03: Recycled Concrete (in German)

This episode’s guest is Holger Hinz, authorised signatory at Werner Sobek. He talks about a big step towards sustainability in construction: the use of recycled concrete (RC). The problem with new concrete is that on the one hand it is one of the most important building materials, but on the other hand it is also one of the biggest consumers of energy and resources and a producer of CO2 emissions. In terms of a more sustainable future, alternatives are urgently needed. According to the expert, recycled concrete could be one such alternative. In its production, crushed natural stone or naturally formed gravel is partially or completely replaced by a recycled aggregate, i.e. processed construction waste. In this way, a large part of the resources can already be saved. Hinz goes on to explain where RC is already being used today, what the cost situation is and whether it is visually different from new concrete.

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# 02: Green Facades (in German)

Green facades can make an important contribution to improving the microclimate in our cities. For this reason, they are increasingly coming into the focus of builders and architects. But what does incorporating so much biomass into a technical system mean from a practical point of view? What requirements do structural and façade planners have to take into account? Florian Starz is an expert for green façade systems at Werner Sobek. He reports from planning practice.

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# 01: Regenerative Architecture (in German)

Construction is responsible for more than half of the world’s resource consumption and waste generation. Time for a rethink. We are already looking for solutions today, for a sustainable built environment tomorrow. One answer is based on the concept of regenerative building. This profound approach to solutions was developed within the framework of a 4-year EU project, which ended in April 2021, with the participation of Werner Sobek, and offers tangible approaches for building practice. Project manager Giulia Peretti explains the concept and how it can already be applied in practice today.

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