The coffee lecture "Rebuilding from Rubble: Material Reuse and Recycling in Postwar Architecture" on February 2nd, presented by Dr. Adam Przywara, explored the important role of material reuse and recycling in post-World War II architecture and its relevance in contemporary sustainable architectural practices. With a focus on Poland, where approximately 170 million m³ of rubble littered urban areas after the war, Dr. Przywara illuminated the potential for reconstruction and the importance of responsible debris processing.
This coffee lecture, as a part of the "ETH with Ukraine - Exchanging Knowledge for a Sustainable Future" exhibition, linked projects from the exhibition to practices developed during the reconstruction period and underscored the central role of building material reuse in shaping the architecture of late 1940s Europe.
Our gratitude goes to Dr. Adam Przywara and our audience for contributing to the enlightening discussion.
If you would like to learn more about Adam’s work and listen to a lecture on this topic, check out this video (from 3:30 to 29:00):