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DesignBuild takes students from their studio desks into the physical world of human interactions and construction.

On this platform you can exchange information about DesignBuild activities, promote your projects, organisation and your own expertise, search and offer literature, initiate collaboration, look for support, find answers to questions about pedagogy, logistics, liabilities, funding and construction.

We welcome teachers in academic and non-academic education, students, researchers, planners, clients and users, politicians, entrepreneurs, donors, craftsmen and sympathisers to get involved!

News / Events


Responsive Architecture Session

on the occasion of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice

07-09 October 2016 // Artiglierie Arsenale

The symposium Responsive Architecture focuses on DesignBuild projects in response to various design agencies: 11 universities and institutions will meet at the Venice Architecture Biennale to discuss urban conditions, materials, local practices, aesthetics, worksflows, participative and predagogic strategies. The symposium is organized by the RWTH Aachen, the Peter Behrens School of Arts Duesseldorf, the Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta and the AIT-ArchitekturSalon. The project is supported by the STO Foundation. 


Wissenskooperation NaBEK_

Discussion, lectures and wokshops related to sustainable disaster management and development aid.


VENUE: humantektur I  Ganghoferstr. 2 | 12043 Berlin

DATE: Berlin, April, 29-30th


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KITCHEN-HUB Inauguration in Berlin

Opening: 27.11.2015 I 5 pm
Rossbachstr. 6, Berlin Schöneberg


Presentations: 5 pm – 6.30 pm
Food & Live Music: From 6.30 pm

Über den Tellerrand e.V. and CoCoon announce the opening of the KITCHEN-HUB, a place of mutual exchange between refugees and locals.

The KITCHEN-HUB is a DesignBuild project and was realized in close collaboration with Habitat Unit building on the experiences and outcomes of the Design Studio Refugees in the City at the TU Berlin.


KITCHEN-HUB DesignBuild Summer School

During the Refugees in the City Summer School we will design and build the KITCHEN-HUB - a place of encounters between refugees and locals in Berlin Schöneberg. We will work together with refugees, craftsmen and especially the future operator of the place: überdentellerrand. Experts and guests from various fields, such as refugee initiatives, research, cooking, craftmenship and DesignBuilders will give their valuable input.


Main functions of the KITCHEN-HUB include a multifunctional room where überdentellerrand events, such as cooking classes, workshops, community meetings, etc. can take place as well as a functional kitchen, offices, storage and a workshop. The designs will be developed during the first phase of the summer school and will be based on the outcomes of the current Refugees in the City Design Studio at Habitat Unit.

A collaboration between: 

Habitat Unit, TU Berlin 

CoCoon, TU Berlin 

Über den Tellerrand e.V. 

Funded by the STO-Stiftung

DesignBuild Summer Workshop

Join Us in Over-the-Rhine​!

for a six-week design/build experience. Work with a non-profit client on a community design initiative. Students will:
• Redesign and/or renovate buildings in a nationally recognized historic district.
• Interact with consultants, code officials, and materials suppliers.
• Develop detailing, construction and project management skills.

Thomas A. Dutton, Director
duttonta@miamioh.edu | 513-529-6455
John Blake, Community Projects Coordinator
blakeja@miamioh.edu | 513-330-1712


Announcing the 2017 SEED + dbXchange + Live Projects Network Awards Competition

For excellence in public interest design

Call for Entries Now Open

Design Corps, the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED), dbXchange, and Live Projects Network in collaboration with the Center for Public Interest Design, are pleased to announce the SEED + dbXchange + Live Projects Network Awards and co-hosted Structures for Inclusion conference.

For the first time, these three international networks are combining efforts to support and promote systemic change in the practices of design with the intent of building on the common ground they share. Recognizing design projects with exceptional social, economic, environmental and pedagogic impact, this year the SEED + dbXchange + Live Projects Network Awards will represent the greater scale and growing relationships needed to create truly sustainable projects and positive change in all communities globally. While each network has a unique focus, sharing the awards acknowledges their common ground: supporting the growth of excellence in public interest design.

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Job Offer: University of Arizona, School of Architecture Design-Build Assistant Professor

Unversity of Arizona is looking for a DesignBuilder for tenure track position

Application is open:

Link to Webpage

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DesignBuild in Vilnius I DEADLINE EXTENDED

DesignBuild Summer School in Vilnius, Lithunia organised by baladilab

Deadline: June 29, 2016

more information: https://baladilab.com/2016/05/17/play_east/.

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HANDS ON, June 1-3, 2016 Vienna

on  academic designbuild  studios

The registration for the conference and the excursion will be available end of April 2016.

Fees will be:

Conference (June 1-2, incl. coffee + snacks): € 15,00
Meals with speakers at conference (dinner June 1 + lunch June 2): € 50,00
Excursion (June 3, bus tour incl. Austrian Heurigen-lunch): € 30

Full conference package: € 95,00

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SUMMER SCHOOL - 18/07 - 01/08 2016 - Altmünster/Austria


:: Learn in practical workshops how to build with earth and bamboo.
:: Theory classes in the context of sustainibel architecture.
:: Networking with people from all over the world.


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