Corona Update: Material Consultation

by 12. May 2020
Photo: Burg Material Collection

Dear Burg Students,

we hope you are doing well!

If you have any questions on materials or processes, you can still reach us at the open material consultation hour.

Wednesdays between 10:00 – 11:00 via Skype
(max. 15 minutes)

Please send a short e-mail with your name and request to make(at)

Best regards from all of us at MAKE.

Prof. Aart van Bezooijen, Ulrike Mäder and Lorenz Ebersbach

Sustainable Packaging Symposium – February 24th

· by 4. February 2020
Invitation: Sustainable Packaging Symposium at 24 February 2020 at BURG

Get in touch with new materials and processes for more sustainable packaging design. Jan Berbee, Jasper Groefsema, Richard Hurding, Ayumi Matsuzaka, Marcus Moos with Michael Antons and Prof. Aart van Bezooijen – Read more at

Workshops: “UNBOXING” and “PALUDIKULTUR” at Wintersession 2020

· by 20. January 2020

This year’s Wintersession Platform MAKE. will be offering two material workshops. The first workshop focuses on hands-on work with Paludiculture materials sourced from wet agriculture and forestry on peatlands (see PALUDIKULTUR workshop). The second workshop is all about exploring bio-based materials to develop sustainable packaging prototypes (see UNBOXING workshop).

Those who are not able to participate in the material workshops are welcomed to join us on 19.2.2020: Lecture by Susanne Abel (on Paludiculture) and 24.2.2020: UNBOXING Symposium (on sustainable materials for packaging design). These are public events – no registration required.

PS: For a closer look at the investigations and (wet) material culture of peatlands, enjoy the video below featuring palaeoecologist Hans Joosten from the University of Greifswald.

Peatland expert and palaeoecologist Hans Joosten from the University of Greifswald

Lecture: Exploring the Structural Potential of Cast Glass

· by 9. December 2019

Material of the Month: Scrap Glass + Workshop

· by 20. November 2019
Photo: Carl Bens (Recyclingglas Fusingproben)

Einführung in das Material Glas im Hinblick auf das Thema „Circularity“

– Werksbesichtigung von industriellen Produktionen unter dem Punkt der Nachhaltigkeit
– Vortrag von Re³Glass (Save the Date: 12.12.2019)
– Querschitte zum DIY Umgang mit dem Material Glas

Recycling von Glas
– arbeiten mit gefundenem Glas als Ressource am Fusingofen
– denkbare Techniken: biegen, fusing und absenken
– maximale Größe in der Fläche sind ca. 30 x 30 cm

Upcycling von Glas
– die kalte Nachbearbeitung von Glas zur Weiterentwicklung
– denkbare Techniken: sägen, schleifen und sandstrahlen

– Zeitraum: 9. – 13. Dezember (Ofenstart Freitag 13. Dezember)
– Ort: Bild Raum Objekt Glas (Werkstatt Kurvenburg)
– Teilnehmende: Max. 8 Student*innen aus Kunst und Design

Anmeldung bis 30.11.2019
Die Anmeldung erfolgt per Email über make(at) Bitte mit angeben:
– Name, Studiengang und Studienjahr, Matrikelnummer
– Dein Vorhaben (“Was würdest du gerne machen?”, “Mit welche Glasobjekten würdest du Arbeiten?” in 2-3 Sätze oder als Skizze)
– In KW49 werden die Teilnehmer*innen bekannt gegeben

Material Snack: Glassworkshop (20.11.)

· by 18. November 2019

Open Call for Material Designers: Apply for Milan Workshop from 13-17 January 2020 (Deadline: 29.11.2019)

· by 15. November 2019
MaDe Campaign Video:

MaDe (Material Designers) is a competition, event series and platform devoted to realizing the positive impact material designers can have across all creative sectors.

Are you a researcher, design professional, graduate or student working within material design? Does your work drive positive change within society? We’re looking for material designers that are developing their chosen materials within closed-loop systems, rethinking material applications, re-purposing material surpluses and extending the potential of traditional material processes.

Within the framework of the project, the BURG university is a partner for a workshop that will be carried out at the Politechnic University of Milan (Polimi) from 13–17 January 2020. Through this partnership, 10 selected applicants will be given the opportunity to participate in the workshop. MaDe will pay for travel and accommodation for the participants.

For more information and registrations please visit: – Deadline: 29 November 2019

This project is initiated and guided by the partners Elisava, Ma-tt-er and Polimi. BURG University contact for more information: Prof. Aart van Bezooijen (