Urban Mining/Restructuring

How do you deconstruct a skyscraper? With a semi-automatic system composed of milling robots, setters, a protective frame and shredders/sorters. Milling robots equipped with flame cutters dismantle the stories of the buildings. Pipes on the exterior walls are used to conduct the waste material to the base where it is shredded and separated into glass, concrete, steel and other residue. As the deconstruction progresses, the X-frame and the suspended protective covering meander towards the bottom of the building.

This system is based on existing technologies. It is expeditious and economical as well as ecologically responsible and harmless to people and nature – a vision for urban planning focused on quality of life and regeneration.

Jan Meissner

Bachelor thesis 2012

Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design Kiel
Industrial Design

Prof. Detlef Rhein

:nter:m – A foldable emergency shelter for post-disaster areas


Extreme natural events increasingly are causing danger and damage. Due to inadequate construction materials, the impact of natural disasters is particularly high in developing countries. To give people affected by such disasters roofs over their heads is the goal of the producers of :nter:m, a foldable shelter made of weatherproof PP twin-wall sheets.

With its floor surface of 15 square meters, :nter:m offers protection against harsh climate conditions and is large enough to house up to five people. It can be stored and transported on industrial-style pallets and erected by two people in two hours.

At approximately 150 euros, the price of :nter:m is comparable to that of a tent of equal size, but :nter:m is much more robust and durable.

Daniel Nikol

Diploma thesis 2011

Coburg University of Applied Sciences
Integrated Product Design

Prof. Peter Raab