A Construction Research Centre in Lusatia – What if?

  • DATE / TIME:
    2022/03/09    17:30 - 19:30

    Organiser: Lausitz Art of Building (LAB) 


    • Professor Manfred Curbach, Chair of Concrete Structures, Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) 

    What if a centre were to be created in the heart of Lusatia that would provide answers to the most important questions about building and life? How do we want to live? Where do we want to live? Where do we want our children to go to school? Where will we find training staff? How can we shape the urgently needed structural change in favour of the people of Lusatia? How can we defy climate change and create valuable jobs at the same time? Not only numerous jobs for renowned scientific personnel from all over the world, but above all, jobs for the people of Lusatia. And for limiting climate change, the solution is not renunciation, but creativity.

    The digital get-together “A Construction Research Centre in Lusatia – What if?” provides the opportunity to co-develop this idea and forge an unbeatable concept for a construction research centre in Lusatia.

    As a member of the proposal development team for this project, and as the representative for UNU-FLORES’ involvement in LAB, Prof. Edeltraud Guenther introduces the UNU-FLORES perspective of the project to the forum – particularly in relation to the Institute’s Transition in Mining research topic. 

    C³ Association Chairman and idea generator Manfred Curbach and his LAB team, invites everyone interested to the digital get-together. During the event, the idea of the envisaged construction research centre for Lusatia and the team itself will be presented. Participants can bring their own ideas and wishes into play. They can decide for themselves whether they want to get actively involved or simply listen to the discussions. 


    Lausitz Art of Building (LAB) is one of six concepts for two large-scale research centres planned for Lusatia in Saxony and the central German mining region. As part of the funding initiative “Knowledge Creates Perspectives for the Region” by the Free State of Saxony and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the aim is to contribute to structural change in the traditional lignite mining areas. One of the consequences of the coal phase-out for local people is job loss and the associated concern for their personal future and that of the region. Europe’s largest laboratory in the construction industry for research, development and transfer could offer a solution.

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