Year: 2009

Let’s talk about WORLD ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL – Barcelona, 4 – 6 November 2009 !!

WAF Overview WAF is the only annual international architectural event to reward excellence in a fully interactive, inclusive live format. Through its unique entry and judging process and its cutting edge seminar and exhibition content, it is simultaneously a celebration of great architecture and an inspirational intellectual challenge to a major world profession. Put simply, it is architectural excellence, live. Why should I attend WAF? FESTIVAL GALLERY – contemplate the breadth of international architectural excellence in the Gallery where all entries are exhibited together – last year saw entries from 63 different countries and over 2000 visitors. KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS – get inspired by the world’s greatest, which last year included Lord Norman Foster, talking about the issues facing architects today. THEMATIC EXHIBITION – this year’s theme is ‘Less Does More’ and feeds into the seminar programme and will show how cleverly utilised resources can create opportunities for living, working, learning and playing that would not otherwise exist. AWARDS CEREMONY – the festival finishes on Friday evening with a glittering awards ceremony, celebrating the winners of …

Qi – Brilliant people doing EXTRAORDINARY things

Thursday the 8th of October, 2009 from 18:00 to 23:00 BRILLIANT PEOPLE DOING EXTRAORDINARY THINGS The opening conference will feature brilliant people, beautifully designed products and stunning art to inspire us to think differently about living in a way that is consistent with a healthy planet. THE SPEAKERS The people who strive through their thoughts, their writings, their design and actions for a more sustainable world. Who are these movers & shakers? Willie Smits, Chairman of the Masarang Foundation An eye opening talk about reforesting devastated land, increasing the well-being of communities, reducing temperatures and conserving wildlife in the process Singgih S Kartono, Designer and Founder of Magno Design A member of the Jury at International Young Creative Entrepreneur award 2009: “How do you make a successful business based sustainable principles?” John Hardy, Jewellery designer and founder at the Green School in Bali A maverick that moved from the world of fashion & luxury design to build a holistic education for children in a sustainable environment and starting a the first bamboo building company in …

MEET: Akuo Energy International

Akuo Energy is a Europe-based developer, operator and investor of renewable energy plants across Europe, North and South America. Akuo Energy invests in the development of projects across all of the proven areas of industrial renewable energy production and currently has management teams and subsidiaries focusing their development efforts on 3 continents. Today, Akuo is actively developing several projects across a broad range of renewable energy sectors in Europe, USA and South America, including: – Solar plants – Wind Farms – Hydro electric plants – Biofuel plants – Biomass energy plants – Biogas plants – Wood pellets production plants The company is managed by an experienced which previously developed the 2nd largest wind-farm operator in France over a 4 year period (600 MW). Akuo Energy originally began its activities in the wind energy sector, and today is one of the European leaders in this sector. Below is a sample list of some of the reference projects that have been developed in the past or are currently in development: • Perfect Wind France (sold to Iberdrola). …

MEET: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

Bjarke Ingels Group – BIG – is a Copenhagen based group of 85 architects, designers, builders and thinkers operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, research and development. Historically the field of architecture has been dominated by 2 opposing extremes. On one side an avant-garde full of crazy ideas. Originating from philosophy, mysticism or a fascination of the formal potential of computer visualizations they are often so detached from reality that they fail to become something other than eccentric curiosities. On the other side there are well organized corporate consultants that build predictable and boring boxes of high standard. Architecture seems to be entrenched in two equally unfertile fronts: Either naively utopian or petrifying pragmatic. We believe that there is a third way wedged in the no mans land between the diametrical opposites. Or in the small but very fertile overlap between the two. A pragmatic utopian architecture that takes on the creation of socially, economically and environmentally perfect places as a practical objective. In our projects we test the effects of scale and the …

READ: More on Concrete Talk from The Green Asia Group

Carolyn Kenwrick, The GreenAsia Group Roughly 5 to 10 percent of global CO2 emissions are related to the manufacture and transportation of cement, a major ingredient of concrete. The manufacture of cement is considered worldwide as one of the world’s most energy intensive industries, and as such, is an industry that is increasingly being looked at to become more sustainable. 0.8 tonnes of CO2 are emitted for every tonne of cement produced. 0.4 tonnes are offset when the cement is mixed with water and absorbed, but the carbon footprint for 1 tonne of cement remains at 0.4 tonnes once used in construction. “The manufacture of cement is relatively efficient when compared with other building materials, such as steel and wood. The problem is the scale at which it’s produced – roughly 2.4 billion tons in 2006 and growing.” Professor Franz-Josef Ulm Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. “The reality is that the geological availability, and global distribution, of suitable natural resources, coupled with the extensive validation needed to confirm fitness-for-purpose, make it highly unlikely …

READ: Concrete as a Plague on The Earth

Edward Mazria, Mazria Inc. USA Further info re buildings from a well-known architect. “Unknowingly, the architecture and building community is responsible for almost half of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions annually. Globally the percentage is even higher. I developed a way to look at buildings as a sector of the economy, the way the industrial transportation sectors tracked. And I defined the building sector to consist of what we, as architects, control. When we design a building – its orientation, massing, fenestration – we set in motion the energy consumption pattern over the life of the structure. We also control what materials buildings are made from. So, in my calculations, I included the energy use of building as well as the embodied energy of construction materials. When you compare the building industry to the industrial and transportation sectors, you realize that only in the building industry do we have the chance to reverse the pattern of global warming. The industrial sector gets marginally more efficient every year. And the transportation sector is changing rapidly because …

MEET: Bjarke Ingel

Bjarke Ingels’s presentation at the Royal Association of Siamese Architects just blew me away, seldom have I seen an architect with this kind of hand and this kind of authentic intention. WWW.BIG.DK