GREENTEC AWARD: VOTE FOR “SOLARKIOSK”

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The GRAFT project SOLARKIOSK is shortlisted for a GreenTec Award 2016 in the category Energy! Together with nine other contestants, SOLARKIOSK has been chosen for the next phase. Only three projects however will be nominated for the final round. A jury consisting of industry, science and media representatives will choose two nominees. The third one will be determined in a public online voting which started on December 8th and ends on January 13th.

 

Every year, GreenTec Awards recognize projects and products which are setting new standards in terms of environmental technology and the promotion of an ecological lifestyle. Within the category “Energy”, the GreenTec Awards reward projects that identify smart approaches on how renewable energy can be made more efficient, applicable and innovative.

 

Look for the category Energy and tick the box next to the project name SOLARKIOSK. Scroll down to the end of the page and click “Jetzt abstimmen” (Vote now). Thank you!

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SOLARKIOSK FEATURED BY ALLAFRICA.COM

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The website AllAfrica.com featured the GRAFT project SOLARKIOSK: The article focused on Solarkiosk Kenya Ldt. as well as on the benefits for the people and the environment in off-grid communities all over Africa. Thank you AllAfricas.com – we are happy about the positive influence our design has in rural areas in Kenya, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ruanda, Tanzania and Ghana.

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GRAFT LIGHTING SYSTEM CAELA FOR ZUMTOBEL

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We are happy to announce that the new CAELA luminaire is now available via Zumtobel!

CAELA is a modular lighting system with Edge-LIT LED technology that was developed in close collaboration between GRAFT and Zumtobel.

The product group comprises wall, ceiling as well as pendant luminaires. Due to a very intelligent configuration of the components the luminaire has a maximum depth of 55 mm. It is also available as a round and square version. The casing takes a back seat in order to allow for a frameless, clear and elegant design that leaves maximum space for the emitting surface. A precisely processed diffuser material enables the exact dispersion of the light.

If you want to find out more about CAELA, please click on the link below

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GRAFT LECTURE AT MARTA HERFORD

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On November the 25th, GRAFT founding partner Thomas Willemeit was invited to speak at “Stadt und Vision. Herforder Architekturgespräche” at Marta Herford, a museum for contemporary art with focus on design and architecture. He gave a lecture on strategic urban planning and DIY urbanism: “A city will unfold its real strength if it does not fulfill a plan but meet its challenges and is ahead of each planning. Experimentiveness and strategic thinking is needed more than ever in order to face the challenges of housing shortage, social justice and refugee crisis.”

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GRAFT PROJECT “SOLARKIOSK” SHORTLISTED FOR GREENTEC AWARD 2016

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We are very pleased to announce that SOLARKIOSK is shortlisted for a GreenTec Award 2016 in the category Energy.
Every year GreenTec Awards recognize projects and products that are setting new standards in terms of environmental technology and the promotion of an ecological lifestyle. Within the category “Energy”, the GreenTec Awards reward projects that identify smart approaches on how renewable energy can be made more efficient, applicable and innovative. Together with nine other contestants, SOLARKIOSK has been chosen for the next phase.
Only three projects however will be nominated for the final round. A jury consisting of industry, science and media representatives will choose two nominees. The third one will be determined in a public online voting starting at December 8th.

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GRAFT TREND LECTURE ON THE FUTURE OF WORK SPACES

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GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz gave a trend lecture on Friday, November 20th at the Siemens Real Estate conference in Munich. Under the title “The Future of Work Spaces. Flexible Environments for Digital Nomads” he spoke about new working environments and how new learning and connectivity will change the real estate market in the near future.

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GRAFT LECTURE AT RAUMWELTEN

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On Friday, November 13th, GRAFT founding partner Wolfram Putz will give a lecture at the platform for scenography, architecture and media “Raumwelten”.
He will speak about building immersive environments and the processes behind creative ideas. The event will be held in Ludwigsburg, Germany, where an interdisciplinary team of designers created spaces for different processes and tasks.

 

Wolfram Putz “Building Immersive Environments”

Raumwelten: Plattform für Szenografie, Architektur und Medien

13 November 2015 15:45-16:15

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GRAFT INTERVIEW ON YOUTUBE

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In October, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg gave a trend lecture at the Austrian network organization “Holzcluster”. He spoke about future trends and their impact on our working and living environment. At the event he was interviewed about the building material ‘wood’ and its potential in modern architecture. The German interview is now on youtube:

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THE FOUNDING OF THE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION SOLAR FOUNTAIN GGMBH

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The founders of Solar Fountain gGmbH Lars Krückeberg (GRAFT founding partner), Georg Bernwieser, Christine Janezic, Rolf Huber und Andreas Spieß (from left to right)
© Siemens Stiftung

We are very pleased to formally announce the formation of the non-profit organization Solar Fountain gGmbH. It is a joint project between SOLARKIOSK AG and the Siemens Stiftung, whose focus will be on establishing a reliable supply of clean energy, purified water, and quality products & energy services through implementations of solar-powered kiosks. Local entrepreneurs will operate all kiosks and their business activities will contribute to the social, economic, and environmental development of their communities.

Siemens Stiftung is the company foundation of Siemens AG. It was founded in 2008 and takes on non-profit projects in the fields of basic services, education, and culture. Since 2010, Siemens Stiftung has been implementing water kiosks in East Africa.

SOLARKIOSK AG enables and empowers the sustainable economic development of Base-of-the-Pyramid (BoP) communities worldwide through the provision of clean energy services, quality products and sustainable solutions. SOLARKIOSK AG fosters local entrepreneurship at the BoP by intertwining an inclusive business model with an award-winning technology solution: the SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB. The first unit was successfully implemented in 2012. Since then, SOLARKIOSK has established six country subsidiaries and is involved with projects on three continents. By founding Solar Fountain gGmbH, SOLARKIOSK AG is committed to increasing engagement in the non-profit sector and maximize the positive impact in BoP communities by enabling access to safe drinking water and further crucial services.

The partnership between the two organizations began in 2013 when SOLARKIOSK AG was recognized as the winner of the Siemens Stiftung Empowering People Award. The competition recognizes technical solutions that achieve a sustainable improvement in the basic services of developing regions. The expertise and experience of both partners is being combined within Solar Fountain gGmbH to jointly strengthen the supply of basic services in developing countries.

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GRAFT DESIGN FOR OBJECT CARPET WINS RED DOT DESIGN AWARD

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Early this year GRAFT created some interior visualizations for the rug manufacturer OBJECT CARPET in order to promote their new rug configurator “RUGX-Konfigurator” at the international interior show imm cologne.

We are delighted to announce that the visualizations and the configuration tool will receive the Red Dot Design Award 2015 in the category “Communication Design”.

The Red Dot Award: Communication Design is hosted annually by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and is geared to all creative minds with strong communication campaigns. With more than 7.400 applications from 53 countries in 2015, the Red Dot Award: Communication Design is one of the world’s largest design competitions today.

The awarding ceremony “Red Dot Gala & Designer’s Night” will take place on the evening of November the 6th at the Konzerthaus Berlin.

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GRAFT AT DEUTSCHE BANK EXHIBITION “STADTSINNE”

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The Alfred Herrhausen Society and the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle invited GRAFT to design a sculpture interpreting the topic „StadtErtasten“ (“touching the city shape”). Yesterday it was displayed within the program of „STADTSINNE. Stadt sehen, riechen, schmecken, hören und anfassen!“ (See, smell, taste, hear and touch the city!) of the “Xenopolis” exhibition in the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in Berlin. Together with productions of the sound artist Christopher Dell and the smell researcher Sissel Tolaas, the GRAFT sculpture was presented on the Phantom Table and provided the opportunity, to experience the city of Berlin with all senses. The door handle cubes were created in cooperation with FSB – Franz Schneider Brakel GmbH.
The exhibition “Xenopolis” focuses on the city as a living organism and is presented as part of the event series “STADT/BILD Image of a City“. The project is a consortium of leading Berlin exhibition halls.

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NEW GRAFT PUBLICATION “IMMOBILIENREPORT 2016”

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The new Immobilienreport 2016 has been published on October 13th: GRAFT was commissioned to write the report for the German Zukunftsinstitut, a company committed to trend research and consultancy. The publication is the second study on trends within the real estate market and architecture written by GRAFT.

How will the design and construction of buildings be different from previous approaches? How does this affect and transform the processes of building, operating and using real estate? And how will architecture connect the virtual and the real world?

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GRAFT LECTURE AT BOUTIQUE DESIGN NEW YORK

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Christoph Korner, from GRAFT Los Angeles and Chair of Interior Architecture at Woodbury School of Architecture in Burbank, California, will be leading a panel discussion at Boutique Design New York on Monday, November 9, 2015.

 

November 9, 2015 at 2:30pm

Star Tech: Innovations That Will Take Interiors to the Outer Limits

Jacob K. Javits Center, 655 W 34th Street, New York, Hall 1E16

 

The panel will discuss recent and future trends in the use and application of new technologies in the hospitality industry. 3D printing, spray-on fabrics and holographic meeting rooms are shaping hospitality design today. Other panelists include Paige Francis, VP Global Brand Management, Starwood’s Specialty Select Brands (Aloft, Element, and Four Points), Giovanni Palma, Director, MDH Hologram, José Ignacio Domecq, CEO, Fractalia.

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GRAFT PROJECT “SOLARKIOSK” WINS 2015 ECOSUMMIT AWARD

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We are very happy to announce that SOLARKIOSK is one of three winners of the 2015 Ecosummit Award! The ceremony was part of the ECO15 London event that included 160 participants from various fields of green innovation and businesses that focus on green energy, mobility and buildings – the 3 pillars of the sustainable energy transition. In total, 46 companies pitched their projects to a distinguished audience and various panels discussed access to new sources of capital for smart green startups. For detailed information about the event and about other award-winning projects click on the link below.

Supervisory Board Member Mr. Andrew Reicher, attended the event in London along with Solarkiosk CEO Andreas Spiess, and received the prestigious Ecosummit Award on behalf of our company.

We are looking forward to the next Ecosummit 2016, which will be held in Berlin at the Radialsystem in April 2016.

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GRAFT LECTURE “FUTURE LIVING AND WORKING” IN AUSTRIA

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On Friday, October 9th, GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg gave a lecture at the Austrian network organization “Holzcluster”.
He spoke about future trends and their impact on our working and living environment as well as new opportunities for architects and urban designers.

 

Lars Krückeberg “Future Working and Living“

Zukunftszentrum Holz Steiermark: Von der Immobilien zur Mobilien – Leben, Arbeiten und Wohnen in bewegten Zeiten

09 October 2015, 12.00-18.00

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PLATOON MAGAZINE FEATURES SOLARKIOSK

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The Global Creative Network Platoon just published their second edition of PLATOON MAGAZINE with a focus on temporary spaces. With an article about SOLARKIOSK, they take a closer look at the projects efforts to address energy needs of rural communities in Africa: “As temporary structures, SOLARKIOSKs are a first step toward self- sufficiency for communities where no electricity is available, or energy comes at high financial and environmental costs.”

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ROOFING CEREMONY FOR HOTEL BOSTALSEE

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On September 4, we celebrated the roofing ceremony at the construction site of our Hotel Bostalsee in the South West of Germany.
The core of the GRAFT design is to capture and enrich the spirit of the specific location. In accordance with this idea, the building figure develops out of the surrounding topography. The building draws upon the impact and harmony of its context to create a new identity for the site and surrounding, creating not only a building, but a destination.
The gross building area consists of around 11,800qm, including the outdoor wellness areas and the covered parking spaces.

Photo © Peter Gross Bau

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ARCHITECTURE FOR A RESPONSIBLE SOCIETY

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Scenography, Narrative and Intention in Architecture for a curious and responsible Society

Thomas Willemeit, founding partner of GRAFT, will speak this Thursday, the 10th of September 2015 at the Strelka Institut in Moscow about the connection of architecture, technology and smartness, which will lead us to the understanding of architecture as an integral part of the nature of our global man made environment. He will introduce architecture not only as a result of needs and functions, limited by costs and laws.
The Strelka Institute is a non-governmental educational institution, which promotes positive changes and creates new ideas and values through its education in cultural and physical landscapes in Russia and is aimed to young international specialists with backgrounds in architecture, design, the social sciences, and other fields.

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GRAFT LECTURE AT WINDMÖLLER GOLF CUP 2015

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On Friday, September 4th, the GRAFT founding partner Lars Krückeberg will give an introduction about new ways in architecture at the Ronald Mc Donald House. He will speak about the courage to take the risk to go in the direction of the unknown to discover new connections, combinations and relations.

September 4th, 2015 4-5 pm
Lars Krückeberg “Neue Wege in der Architektur – Über eine gesunde Kultur des Risikos“
At: Family House Sankt Augustin – Bad Oeynhausen

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SOLARKIOSK TO BE FEATURED IN THE TV PROGRAM ‘MADE IN BERLIN’

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The TV program ‘Made in Berlin’ (RBB channel) will feature the GRAFT project SOLARKIOSK in an upcoming episode. The program focuses on the most interesting endeavors in Berlin’s thriving start up scene. It will feature interviews with the creative minds behind the SOLARKIOSK project, along with an in-depth look at the design and technical aspects of the SOLARKIOSK E-HUBB.

The episode will air on the RBB channel on Wednesday, Aug. 26th 2015, at 10.15pm. It will also be available via RBB’s online livestream, as well as their online media library after the original airing. Some photos of the video shoot are available at the following link:

http://www.rbb-online.de/madeinberlin/portraets/solarkiosk.html

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