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January 21, 2017 | Public debate to launch “Infrastructure Space” by Ruby Press | Berlin, Germany

Public debate to launch “Infrastructure Space” – the book on the 5th LafargeHolcim Forum
Public debate to launch “Infrastructure Space” – the book on the 5th LafargeHolcim Forum

All-female line-up at The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory (ANCB) in Berlin: Introduced by Dunya Bouchi, Managing Director of ANCB, and Ilka Ruby, Partner at Ruby Press, the architects Nancy Couling, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes and Sarah Nichols presented case studies and discussed the role of architects in researching and designing infrastructure to mark the launch of Infrastructure Space. The 420-page book edited by Ilka & Andreas Ruby contains a collection of 25 essays inspired by the 5th International LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction as well as a visual atlas compiled by Something Fantastic.

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January 17, 2017 | Book Launch & Public Debate | Berlin, Germany

Book launch and public debate at AEDES Forum, Berlin on Friday, January 20, 2017
Book launch and public debate at AEDES Forum, Berlin on Friday, January 20, 2017

A collection of 25 essays inspired by the 5th LafargeHolcim Forum on “Infrastructure Space” will be launched in Berlin on Friday January 20, 2017. Infrastructure networks determine the structure of buildings, cities and metropolitan regions. Taking this critical leverage into consideration, this book calls for expanding and renegotiating the roles of infrastructure not only as a technical, but also as a political, economic, social, and even aesthetic matter of concern for all in achieving a more sustainable way of life. 

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Video: How can people care about sustainability, when they have no security?
Video: How can people care about sustainability, when they have no security?

The expert panel examined the interplay between sustainability and security and how architecture should respond to the challenges. With the 300-person venue at the 15th International International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia filled to capacity, moderator Rolf Soiron inspired the panelists Alejandro Aravena, Jonathan Ledgard, Milinda Pathiraja and Robert Mardini to discuss practical solutions, rather than hold a strictly formal debate.

Sustainable post-tsunami reconstruction master plan, Constitución, Chile – Project Update August 2016
Sustainable post-tsunami reconstruction master plan, Constitución, Chile – Project Update August 2016

Alejandro Aravena, Partner Architect at Elemental, provides an overview on the firm’s sustainable post-tsunami reconstruction master plan for the city of Constitución, Chile. Now five years after implementation began, most elements of the project have been implemented to improve the quality of the city. The approach was able to negotiate private benefit with common good.

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

Debating the role of architects in researching and designing infrastructure (l-r): presenters Nancy Couling and Charlotte Malterre-Barthes with moderator Sarah Nichols.