Experts from all continents will meet in Mexico City at the 3rd International Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction in April 2010. The conference for academics and professionals from architecture, civil engineering, urban planning, natural and social sciences will advance concepts on how construction needs to be re-invented and aligned with principles of sustainable development. Limited places are available – registration is possible until the end of January 2010.
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 Mexico City.
Leading international speakers and a comprehensive program
Keynote addresses by internationally-renowned experts will include Amory Lovins (USA), Rocky Mountain Institute; Thom Mayne (USA), Morphosis; Jeremy Rifkin (USA), Foundation on Economic Trends; Michel Rojkind (Mexico), Rojkind Arquitectos; and Simon Upton (New Zealand), Round Table on Sustainable Development.
Expert groups will advance concepts for a sustainable built environment in separate workshops on the topics of “Reduce CO2: With Technology to Zero Emissions”, “Play with Complexity: With Integral Solutions to an Economy of Means”, “Mine the City: With Logistics to Circular Metabolisms” and “Stimulate Stakeholders: With Incentives to Implementation”. Excursions within Mexico City related to each theme will enhance discussions and illustrate questions related to “Re-Inventing Construction”.
Leading technical universities partner Holcim Foundation
The 3rd International Holcim Forum will be held at the Univesidad Iberoamericana – a partner university of the Holcim Foundation along with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Switzerland; Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, USA; Tongji University in Shanghai, China; Ecole Supérieure d’Architecture de Casablanca, Morocco; Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil; and the University of the Witwatersrand 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.
3rd International Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction
Location: Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico
Dates: April 14-17, 2010