Wood Joensuu

Insights for DWC 2023 – Part 16

This year, the DWC 2023 event will bring together notable speakers who are able to deliver powerful message related to use of wood, sustainability, circularity in building construction sector and city planning in a way that will ensure the event creates significant impact in this era of climate change mitigation strategies.

Learn more about our speakers from different sessions and their insights below.


Sustainability in Material & Design Considerations

Circularity in Architectural Design 

The lecture is a trip to the Patrice Lumumba Gallery at KINDL, the center for contemporary art in Berlin, which was, among other things, the venue for this year’s Future Festival. The Future Festival is a platform for digitalization in higher education in Germany, which Jade University of Applied Sciences used to highlight the changes in architects’ working practices and design process due to the ongoing digital transformation. The computer is not only replacing the architect’s pencil. Digital techniques and artificial intelligence are fundamentally expanding and redefining the tools and media of design. They are removing boundaries and opening up new areas of design. In the exhibition, visitors were invited to explore a virtual wooden structure. Combined with real structures built to virtual specifications and experiments with artificial intelligence, reality and virtuality blur in the gallery, illustrating how architecture and its creation process are being transformed by the digital transformation.

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About the Speaker

Prof. Dr. Gregor Grunwald is an architect. He received his diploma in architecture from the Technical University of Aachen. In 2007, he completed his PhD. at the Technical University of Berlin. After ten years of professional
experience in the construction industry, acquired in the planning and construction management of international large-scale projects, he was appointed professor for construction, planning and construction
management at the Jade University of Applied Sciences in Oldenburg in August 2018. Here he teaches architecture students in the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in the subjects of building design, construction management and the digital planning.



The second international Drivers for Wood Construction event will be held in Joensuu 15.-16.5.2023 with the theme Holistic Approach Towards Sustainable Wood Construction.


Drivers of Wood Construction 2023 event organized by the Karelia University of Applied Sciences
in cooperation with Natural Resources Institute Finland, University of Eastern Finland and European Forest Institute.


 Main Partners and Sponsor

Ministry of the Environment,  Wood Building Programme

Puuinfo Ltd.

RothoBlaas SRL

City of Joensuu