Pilot project for a radically different approach to construction in Ukraine. It aims to establish a wide-ranging encompassing knowledge, disciplines, and geographies for the use of sustainable building materials.

Artists and scientists participating in the exhibition EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW! have explored and advanced new connections with ecological building materials such as sheep’s wool, mushroom mycelium, hemp, clay, and bark. Unforeseen potentials for a sustainable construction industry are emerging, particularly in the reconstruction of war-torn and disaster-stricken areas. The conventional construction industry plays a significant role in the climate crisis, accounting for 30% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 50% of resource consumption, 60% of waste generation, and 70% of land sealing (Source: Baukultur+). Without a transformation of this sector through circular economy and renewable building materials, a sustainable future will not be possible.

Hope Home focuses on the arisically driven exploraion and applicaion of natural building materials. Drawing on the Bauhaus movement from 100 years ago, it emphasizes interdisciplinary aestheic cooperaion with various approaches and outputs, yet sharing a concrete 2 reference point. The menioned building materials touch upon various fields sustsainability, from energy conservaion to air purificaion, biodiversity, and health.

The exhibiion EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW! has demonstrated how much art today understands about renewable, sustainable raw materials as building materials. It has shown how much knowledge about materials like sheep’s wool, bark, hemp, and fungi is gathered worldwide and arisically shaped. This knowledge urgently awaits implementaion in an open society. We share the belief that art, science, and social movements must open up to each other to forge new paths—and they visibly desire to do so. Reliable funding structures for this purpose are lacking.

Collaboraive alternaives are emerging through scienific material research that require public aoenion and poliical support. We share the desire for a collective multidisciplinary practice, aiming to go where the implementation could make the most significant sense, in the spirit of EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW!

short form concept HOPE HOME • НАДІЯ


short form concept HOPE HOME • НАДІЯ
January 2024
© Adrienne Goehler | Curator | adrienne.goehler@z-n-e.info


Prof. Folke Köbberling, artist and professor of architecture-related art at TU Braunschweig, has been researching sheep’s wool as a natural, compostable building material with high bonding capabilities for several years.
Dr. Norbert Höpfer, mineralogist and builder of tiny houses from hemp lime, featuring characteristics such as regional and mobile production, carbon negativity (minus 110-130 kg CO₂ per cubic meter), hemp sourced from natural field farming (glyphosate-free), built-in moisture protection through the buffer effect of the binder, suitable for future generations, sand- and cement-free, vegan, transparent supply chain of raw materials.
Natalija Miodragović, freelance architect at the Cluster of Excellence Matters of Activity, conducts research on willow and fungi as applications for building materials.
Johanna Hehemeyer-Cürten, material designer and Ph.D. candidate in the research group Adaptive Fibrous Materials at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam, develops sustainable design strategies for the material bark.
Alexa Kreißl, sculptor and Ph.D. candidate at the Leibniz ScienceCampus Postdigital Participation in Braunschweig, focuses on »Aesthetic Transformation, Acceptance, and Constructive Potential of Used Materials« in her research.
Prof. Eike Roswag-Klinge, carpenter, and architect at TU-Berlin, heads the Natural Lab, focusing on Constructive Design and Climate-Responsive Architecture. He specializes in developing sustainable architectural concepts from natural building materials.
Prof. Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius, performing architect and part of the Raumlabor collective, holds a professorship for Cohabitation at the Städelschule Frankfurt, addressing the art of living together on a damaged planet.
Angelina Davydova, freelance journalist and Climate Projects Coordinator at n-Ost e.V., cohosts the podcast ‘The Eurasian Climate Brief’ and is a member of the Ukraine War Environmental Consequences Work Group. Since 2008, she has been observing UN climate
Adrienne Goehler, the originator and curator of the pilot project HOPE HOME, as a continuation of EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW!: From Showing to Action.
Dr. Manuel Rivera, sustainability sociologist and transformaion researcher at the Research Insitute for Sustainability – Helmholtz Centre Potsdam | RIFS, is interested in new forms of cooperaion, paricularly in urban development.


Sofia Halat, project-manager of Hope Home Ukraine, architect in Kyiv and current Ph.D. candidate at the National University of Construction and Architecture, explores Biomimetic Architecture, bringing teaching experience as a lecturer in material sciences.
Anna Iskierdo, co-founder of AIMM architectural bureau, Architect of the year 2017, best design company 2019
Anna Kyrii, Deputy Head of the Union of Architects, Head of ANNA KYRII ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTING GROUP
Yevheniia Aratovska, Social entrepreneur, founder of the “No Waste Ukraine” NGO
Kosiantyn Kovshevatskyi, Chief Editor of Pragmaika Media, leading architecture magazine
Yuri Androsiuk, Founder of the NGO Save Ukraine and the West-East Group of companies
Inna Hartsuyeva, Women Leaders For Ukraine
Prof. Olga Honchar, Materials Science
Yova Yager, architect, author of a mycelium art project
Igor Khleban, farmer and supplier of reeds for construcion
Sergiy Sherstnyov, building materials from clay and cob

ETF! Artist working with the materials BARCH HEMP WOOL FUNGHI