Experts from all continents will meet in Mumbai at the 4th International Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction in April 2013. The conference for academics and professionals from architecture, civil engineering, urban planning, natural and social sciences will examine the paradigm shift associated with growing awareness of the considerable economic potential of sustainable development. Limited places are available – registration is possible until the end of January 2013.
Taking an array of disciplines into consideration, the focus of the Holcim Forum will be on knowledge mining and dissemination, material and product life-cycle assessment, CO2 emissions and energy efficiency, considered deployment of means and economic resources, as well as social welfare and equity. The event will offer opportunities for networking and discussion, stimulated by keynote speeches, workshops, panel sessions and a full-day excursion aligned with the workshop themes to sites in Mumbai.
Leading international speakers and a comprehensive program
Keynote addresses by internationally-renowned experts will include Sir David Chipperfield, multiple award winning architect, Principal of David Chipperfield Architects (UK); Alejandro Aravena, architect and Executive Director of Elemental (Chile); Lucas Bretschger, economist and Professor of Economics, ETH Zurich (Switzerland); Ian Morris, Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History at Stanford University (USA); and Brinda Somaya, architect and urban conservationist (India).
Workshop groups, led by contributions from more than 20 international experts, will advance concepts for a sustainable built environment in sessions on the topics of “Local resources: Leveraging regional skills and metabolism”, “Compact city: Sustainable or just sustaining economic law?”, “Retained diversity: Maintaining strengths while upgrading informal habitats” and “Overall value: Harnessing all benefits from sustainable construction”. Excursions within Mumbai related to each theme will enhance discussions and illustrate questions related to the “Economy of Sustainable Construction”.
Leading technical universities partner Holcim Foundation
The 4th International Holcim Forum will be held at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Bombay) – a partner university of the Holcim Foundation along with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Switzerland; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA, USA; Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA), in Mexico City, Mexico; Ecole Supérieure d’Architecture de Casablanca (EAC), Morocco; Tongji University in Shanghai, China; Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Brazil; and University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Holcim Foundation promotes sustainable responses to the technological, environmental, socioeconomic and cultural issues affecting building and construction at the national, regional and global levels. Its activities include regional and global Holcim Awards competitions for sustainable construction projects and visions, offering prize money of USD 2 million every three years. The 4th International Holcim Awards competition will open for entries on July 1, 2013.