Designing Energy

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Dates: 07 – 13 August 2016
Tutor(s): Andreas Zeiselmair, Christoph Rapp + Markus Heinsdorff
Type of workshop: Engineering / Architecture / Design
Prices: From € 858 to € 1156 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)

Energy supply is a prerequisite of development and welfare and nowadays subject to profound changes. Scarcity of resources, environmental protection, social challenges and a changing climate require a transition to renewable energies and decentralized power plants. Respectively, power units get closer to our direct surroundings where they affect our visual perception. A whole generation of engineers, architects and designers has now the chance and duty to create sustainable and convincing solutions.

The goal of this workshop is to identify water, wind and solar energy potentials and to develop smart ideas to tap available resources. Participants will design appealing technical solutions as these alone will prevail. Let’s build a renewable energies plant!

The workshop is held by Andreas Zeiselmair, Christoph Rapp and Markus Heinsdorff, a team consisting of an artist, an environmental and a hydro engineer. Together they have realized art and science projects on sustainable water and energy solutions in several countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. In 2013 they received the Recycling Design Prize and the Empowering People Award by Siemens Stiftung.

AndreasZeiselmair sw webAndreas Zeiselmair, M.Sc., studied Environmental Engineering at Technische Universität München (TUM) and specialized in renewable energies and hydraulics. He worked as a scientific assistant and tutor at the Chair for Hydromechanics at TUM and was involved in hydropower projects in Ecuador’s rainforest and in Cameroon. In several international projects he worked with Markus Heinsdorff on science-and-art projects related to environment, energy, water and low-cost construction. He is board member of the Association for International Knowledge Exchange ( where he is involved in a water supply project on Zanzibar, Tanzania. He is co-founder of the mobile hydro initiative that aims to empower people through low-cost hydropower plants ( and co-founder of the Institute of Water and Renewable Energies ( Currently he works as a research associate at the Research Center for Energy Economics where he focuses on sustainable and intelligent energy supply in the context of the energy transition (i.e. German “Energiewende”).

ChristophRapp sw webDr. Christoph Rapp studied civil engineering at Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany, with the focus on hydraulics, hydrology, water construction and water management. He became research associate at the Chair for Hydromechanics at TUM where he did his PhD. He developed an awarded teaching concept, did experimental research on complex turbulent flows and finally became head of TUM’s Hydromechanics Laboratory. Furthermore he founded the Association for International Knowledge Exchange ( covering courses and workshops at international universities. He took care of the research part in the science and art project ‘wasser-werke’ by Markus Heinsdorff with exhibitions and lectures in several countries. Currently he is responsible for the conception of hydro power plants at a grand German energy supplier and managing director of a hydropower company. He is co-founder of the Institute of Water and Renewable Energies (

MarkusHeinsdorff sw webMarkus Heinsdorff incorporates architecture and design in his work, that concentrates on nature and space as the central topics. He has initiated and designed projects, installations, and exhibitions in China, Taiwan, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Jordan, South- and North America, Africa and a number of European countries. The scope of his work reaches from projects for indigenous peoples in Ecuador to the building of the German-Chinese House at the Expo in Shanghai 2010. He designed 40 pavilion buildings that toured through 10 megacities in India and China as an artistic intervention in urban development. He has been sponsored by the Siemens Art Program, the UNESCO Aschberg Bursary, Goethe Institutes, and German embassies, as well as, on a number of occasions, the Free State of Bavaria. Recently, he was awarded with The Federal Cross of Merit of the Republic of Germany.