TU Dresden
Circular Design Challenge

May 27—June 4 2023
an International Summer Workshop
under the umbrella of the
New European Bauhaus

Join an international Circular Design Challenge in Pillnitz Palace in Dresden, Germany!

The Circular Design Challenge will take place at the Design Campus in Pillnitz Park & Palace, Dresden from 27 May to 4 June 2023. It is organised by a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from the TU Dresden and the Design Campus as part of the Kunstgewerbemuseum Dresden, supported by experts from our partners Fraunhofer IWU, DesignLab for Applied Research, TU Delft and ICN Creative Business School. This 9-day program will provide the latest insights, tools and methods for circular design in the fields of construction and product design and guide you in conception of innovative solutions for reuse of end-of-life components.


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What can you expect?

In a series of short lectures, experts will lay out the basic concepts of circular economy and systemic design. Invited guest speakers will share inspiring examples from practice and display current tendencies in transition towards circular economy. In a dynamic mix of theory and practice, you will be introduced to tools and methods for sustainable circular design and apply them to develop own solutions based on two case studies presented on site: end-of-life transportation vehicles and a factory building. In a brainstorming session, you will be assisted in conceiving innovative reuse solutions for the components of the two case studies. The ideas will be evaluated through peer and expert feedback. The best will be advanced through a multidisciplinary group work in a series of workshops. The Circular Design Challenge will end with a public presentation of the results and awarding the winning project of the CDC 2023. External participants will earn 3 ECTS credit points and receive a participation certificate.


Why you should join the Circular Design Challenge?



Gain knowledge on key aspects of circular economy and specific appplication in industrial design, architecture and civil engineering


Discover existing practices and research projects focused on material and component reuse in construction and product design


Acquire tools and methods for circular design and life-cycle assessment


Conceptualise innovative reuse solutions based on two case studies -- end-of-life vehicles and a building -- in a series of guided workshops


Explore a multi-disciplinary collaborative design approach with experts and students from industrial design, civil engineering and architecture


Jan Brütting
SBP Stuttgart


Olga Ioannou
TU Delft
The Netherlands


Kamel Mnisri


Jonas Warmuth
EPF Lausanne


Markus Werner
Fraunhofer IWU


Gavin Melles
Swinburne University


Kathrin Fändrich
Staatliches Bauamt
Augsburg, Germany


Matthias Held
HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd
Jury Head German Eco Design Award Germany


Klaus-Peter Schulz

The programme will run trough one week, comprising of input lectures, practice-based workshops, lab and site excursions as well as social events. The schedule is shown below, please click to enlarge. Details may be subject to change.

Applications will be accepted until April 10th. The Circular Design Challenge targets Master students and early PhD students from the fields of architecture, civil engineering, human-centred and engineering design as well as cognate disciplines who are eager to learn about and engage in sustainable circular design. To apply for the event the following documents need to be provided by email to cdc@tu-dresden.de.

  • cover letter motivating your participation in the Circular Design Challenge (maximum 1 page)
  • short CV with list of relevant recent projects or publications (if any)
  • optional application for travel grant (demonstrate the need on 1 page)

The participating students will be selected from the applications as soon as the application period ends and be informed about the decision shortly afterwards.

Participation fee is € 150 and due two weeks after notice of acceptance. This fee covers participation, accommodation in student housing double rooms, catering and all workshop materials. We are able to provide travel grants upon request, depending on distance, country and individual situation.

We are grateful to the funding schemes of DRESDEN-concept and TU Dresden which allow for the cost takeover.

The event will be hosted by the Design Campus as part of the Kunstgewerbemuseum, located in the Pillnitz Palace & Park. The palace and the gardens have provided inspiration for writers, artists, thinkers, and musicians throughout history and, around 1900, became a hotspot for scientific innovation. During the CDC, you will be guided through the grounds of the park and the palace and the The Kunstgewerbemuseum/Museum of Decorative Arts. The lectures and workshops will take place in the Palace. Excursions are planned to the case study sites and the testing laboratories of the TU Dresden. The final presentations will take place in the public COSMO Wissenschaftsforum at the city centre of Dresden.

Design Campus / Kunstgewerbemuseum
Pillnitz Palace & Park
August-Böckstiegel-Str. 2
01326 Dresden

Images: TU Dresden / COSMO / Department for Speculative Transformation / Barkhausen-Institut / Tobias Ritz / Klaus Gigga / Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden / Felix Meutzner / Oliver Killig


Jagoda Cupac
Civil Engineering


Christian Wölfel
Industrial Design


Patricia Garibaldi Thäsler
Civil Engineering

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Nikolas Neumann
Industrial Design


Berit Edlich
Industrial Design


Matthias Beckh
Architecture, Structural Design

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Jasmin Schauer
Design & Applied Arts

Der Direktor vom Kunstgewerbemuseum / dem Design Campus von Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden , Thomas Geisler , im August 2021 in Schloss Pillnitz . Foto: Oliver Killig

Thomas Geisler
Design & Applied Arts


Patrick Schäferling
Iuliia Lebedeva

Architecture, Structural Design

This event is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Free State of Saxony within the framework of the Excellence Strategy of the Federal Government and the Federal States. The measure DRESDEN-concept Science and Innovation Campus supports, among others, Summer Schools in order to strengthen the cooperation of the implementing institutions, to bundle their research competencies, especially in interdisciplinary topics, and thus to increase the attractiveness of the location for international students and postdocs. The event receives further funding from the core budget of the TU Dresden.
Experts from TU Delft and ICN Business School support the event thanks to support of the internationalisation funds of TU Dresden.