Baukreisel is an interdisciplinary group of architects, engineers, political and social scientists, economists, and lawyers, who – after years of informal activism – founded Baukreisel e.V. as a non-profit organization in Berlin in 2022. The organization is dedicated to maximizing the reuse of existing building materials through research (“reuse.matters”), teaching and creative activism – confronting and challenging the material and immaterial damage of current building practices. It advocates a fundamental reorientation of the building industry by re-evaluating and critically questioning existing linear processes and at the same time aiming to create a new sense of beauty. Baukreisel aims to preserve both the material energy - thus ressources and CO2 emitting materials - as well as the creative energy - building culture and design practices - encapsulated in existing buildings.
Baukreisel is currently Bauhaus Earth fellow in 2023 and 2024 for its work in a sub-project of “reuse.matters”. Previous projects have been funded e.g. by the German Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung and it has worked with numerous universities (RWTH Aachen, KIT, University Siegen, TU Dortmund, ZU Friedrichshafen, …), offering workshops and seminars and input on material reuse and reuse culture in architecture. Recently, Baukreisel welcomed two new members from Austria, thereby becoming international and it aims to further connect through-out Europe, hopefully with the support of the LINA community!