Month: September 2009

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 …