In the context of necessary economic, ecological, and social reorientations of the global community, construction needs to be re-invented and aligned with principles of sustainable development. Traditional approaches to the design, fabrication, and use of built structures have to undergo significant changes in order to address the needs of future generations. This transformation will no longer consist of isolated improvements but must be radically integrated, and encompass the entire life cycle of a built structure.
Taking an array of disciplines associated with the production of the human-made environment into consideration, the focus of "Re-inventing Construction" was on knowledge mining and dissemination, material and product life cycle assessment, CO2 emissions and energy efficiency, considered deployment of means and economic resources, measured public and private policies, as well as on social welfare and equity.
Keynote speakersConcluding panel experts
Workshops and aligned Mobile workshops
Discussions in four workshop groups focused on the critical aspects of the main theme of "Re-inventing Construction". The main contribution to each of the workshop topics was prepared before the Forum by a top ranking team of experts. These papers reflect the state of the art and develop visions for future quantum leaps. The intellectual work was further stimulated and enriched by field experiences (mobile workshops) directly linked to the workshop themes.