Expert conference on “Re-materializing construction”

Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction 2019 in Egypt

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    The LafargeHolcim Forum is dedicated to the topic of “Re-materializing Construction” – and will be held in Cairo in April 2019. Picture: iStock Photo - Nirian.

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    LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction 2019 in Egypt

    The LafargeHolcim Forum is dedicated to the topic of “Re-materializing Construction” – and will be held in Cairo in April 2019. Pictured: Entrance to the Grand Egyptian Museum.

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    Christine Binswanger, Senior Partner, Herzog & de Meuron based in Basel, Switzerland. Photo courtesy: Katalin Deér.

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    Prototype Droneport Shell – 15th International Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy

    Prototype Droneport Shell – 15th International Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy

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    The Forum pursues the question of how the building and construction industry can adapt to be leaner – and will be held in Cairo in April 2019. Pictured: Suez Canal Bridge.

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    Laila Iskandar, former Egyptian Minister of Urban Renewal & Informal Settlements. Photo: courtesy Middle East Monitor.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for North America prize handover ceremony, Chicago

    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for North America prize handover ceremony, Chicago

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    The International LafargeHolcim Forum is a tri-annual series of expert conferences for the professional exchange on the topic of sustainable construction – the next Forum will be held in Cairo in April 2019. Pictured: Construction at the Grand Egyptian Museum.

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    Diébédo Francis Kéré is Principal of Kéré Architecture, based in Berlin, Germany.

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    Anne Lacaton, Principal, Lacaton & Vassal Architectes, France at the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction 2017 jury meeting for Europe in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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    Rt Hon Simon Upton is the New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, and was a member the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation (2004-17).

The 6th International Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction will be hosted by the American University in Cairo from April 4 to 6, 2019. The LafargeHolcim Forum is dedicated to the topic of “Re-materializing Construction”. Keynote speeches, workshops and site visits will focus on strategies to reduce consumption throughout the material cycle from extraction to processing, transport, installation, maintenance, and removal.

Last updated: November 23, 2018 Cairo, Egypt

The Forum pursues the question of how the building and construction industry can adapt to be leaner: with a smaller ecological footprint and not driven by the pretense of infinitely available raw materials. Hence, the Forum seeks to suggest radical solutions in the use of building materials.

Keynote speakers include Christine Binswanger (Senior Partner, Herzog & de Meuron, Switzerland), Lord Norman Foster (Chairman & Founder, Foster + Partners, United Kingdom), Laila Iskandar (former Minister of Urban Renewal & Informal Settlements, Egypt), Mitchell Joachim (Co-Founder, Terreform ONE, USA), Francis Kéré (Principal, Kéré Architecture, Germany), Anne Lacaton (Principal, Lacaton & Vassal Architectes, France), and Rt Hon Simon Upton (Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, New Zealand).

Concurrent workshops

Four workshops will foster interdisciplinary dialogue, bring forward new ideas, and examine potential solutions. Each workshop will be moderated by renowned experts and include input-presentations by more than 60 specialists from all regions of the world. Contemporary material use in construction will be scrutinized, and strategies will be identified to promote fundamentally sustainable practices.

  • Changing paradigms: Materials for a world not yet built
    A sustainable built environment that is fully recyclable and constructed from renewable materials
  • Shifting the flows, pulling the strings: Stocks, flows, and their dynamics
    Exploring interrelated temporal dynamics of materials, life cycles, lifestyles and urban evolution
  • From manual to digital and vice-versa: Digitalization, labor, and construction
    From best practices in manual and digital fabrication: consequential, collaborative solutions
  • Catch 22: Material needs versus material impact
    The right material, the best material, and minimizing material use

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