5th Holcim Forum “Infrastructure Space”

Examining sustainable toolsets for urban infrastructure

  • 5th International Holcim Forum 2016

    Leading thinkers from architecture, civil engineering, urban planning, social science, business, and industry from 40 countries met in Detroit at the 5th International Holcim Forum on April 7-9, 2016.

  • 5th Holcim Forum 2016

    Diego Rivera Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts: the series of frescoes painted by the Mexican artist 1932-33, consists of twenty-seven panels depicting industry at the Ford Motor Company, and received National Historic Landmark Status in 2014.

  • 5th Holcim Forum 2016

    The mobile workshop visited Dymaxion house, developed by inventor and architect Buckminster Fuller as an alternative to the house fabrication techniques of the time.

  • 5th Holcim Forum 2016

    Concluding panel at the Holcim Forum 2016 (l-r): Rolf Soiron, Maria Atkinson, Arab Hoballah, Edgar Mora Altamirano, and Rahul Mehrotra.

The Forum was attended by some 300 participants from all continents, and featured keynote addresses by internationally-renowned experts including urbanism and regeneration advisor Ricky Burdett; Detroit Free Press journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Henderson; African infrastructure and development expert Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA); and Ambassador for Water, Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, the Netherlands.






keynotes and workshop sessions


Workshop presenters, moderators & panelists


Student poster competition


Book launch of “Infrastructure Space” by Ruby Press and public debate: The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory (ANCB), Berlin, Germany

Forum 2016 – Infrastructure Space – Detroit (Ruby Press)

Infrastructure Space is a collection of 25 essays inspired by the 5th LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction on the theme of “Infrastructure Space” held in Detroit, USA in April 2016.