In his welcome address at the LafargeHolcim Forum 2016, Robert Fishman, Interim Dean of the Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, explained the significance of the city of Detroit to the Forum topic “Infrastructure Space”.
In her keynote address at the LafargeHolcim Forum 2016 in "Infrastructure Space", Keller Easterling, Associate Professor of Architecture at the Yale University in New Haven, focused on "Extrastatecraft". She argues that infrastructure space is something like an operating system for shaping the city, a surrounding matrix of repeatable rules, relationships, and spatial products.
Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa, Carlos Lopes, focused his keynote speech at the LafargeHolcim Forum 2016 on Africa’s Infrastructure Appetite. Africa is experiencing a demographic boom, with an expanding middle class and fast urbanization driving most of its growth but is lagging behind every other world region on infrastructure indicators.
Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Government of the Netherlands, Henk Ovink, delivered a keynote address at the LafargeHolcim Forum 2016 on "Infrastructure Space". In his speech he focused on water being the number one global risk and at the heart of an uncertain future. To face these uncertainties – but also the opportunities to mitigate risks – we need the transformative capacity of collaboration.
Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) delivered a keynote speech on the "Infrastructures of Inequality". Using research from the London School of Economics and Political Science’s Urban Age programme and examples from contemporary practice, the lecture explores the physical and political impacts of infrastructure on urban life.
Stephen Henderson, Editorial Page Editor at Detroit Free Press, USA delivered a keynote speech at the 5th International LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction focusing on what the abandonment, and potential rebirth of one Detroit neighborhood can teach us about the city's sustainability in the context of the past, present and future.