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Refuse, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, Rot

Strategies for the material and building transition

With "Refuse, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, Rot", the Vorarlberg Architecture Institute is dedicating an exhibition to central strategies for the material and building transition from September 29. The Liechtenstein School of Architecture (LSA) is part of the exhibition.


Exhibition September 29, 2023 to February 24,2024
vai Dornbirn


The building sector is one of the biggest CO2 emitters of our time. With the production and operation of our built environment, it is responsible for almost 40% of climate-damaging greenhouse gases. In recent decades, the ecological focus has mostly been on energy efficiency in the utilization phase. The passive house was invented, insulation thicknesses were increased and further energy-saving measures were sought, found and often immediately nullified by increased consumption elsewhere. The use of resources for the production, transportation and disposal of our building materials has often gone unnoticed - at least in the mass of building production, which continues to use large quantities of energy-intensive and inseparable building materials. Around 50% of gray emissions are now generated before we move in. More attention is now also being paid to what happens before (production) and after (demolition or renovation). Aspects of the circular economy are being discussed intensively in the construction industry. Re-use and optimized recycling are being promoted and natural, decomposable building materials are gaining in importance. Last but not least, the awareness is growing that sufficiency and better use of existing buildings - in the best case scenario, we only rebuild and build little or nothing new - must also play a key role. 


The exhibition presents the various approaches to the material and building transition and highlights their interactions, challenges and limitations. A study project by the University of Liechtenstein with four hypothetical recycling and reuse scenarios and other focus projects complement the exhibition.




Exhibition opening

Thursday, September 28, 2023 | 7 pm

ORF Long Night of the Museums

Saturday, October 7, 2023 | 6 pm to 1 am

Exhibition talks at 6, 7 and 9 pm

Exhibition talks

Saturday, October 14, 2023, 11 a.m.

Thursday, November 30, 2023, 6 p.m.

Saturday, December 16, 2023, 11 a.m.

Thursday, January 25, 2024, 6 p.m.


Accompanying program

The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive film and online lecture program. The dates and opportunities to take part will be communicated on an ongoing basis via our newsletter and website.


Exhibition and building culture talks

As announced and on request.


Travel to our events is free of charge for school classes.

Please request information at: info@v-a-i.at


Exhibition opening hours

Tuesday to Friday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday until 8 pm

Saturday 11 am to 3 pm

closed on public holidays


Further information


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Liechtenstein School of Architecture, 21.09.2023