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3rd Holcim Forum 2010 – “Re-inventing Construction”

3rd Holcim Forum 2010 – “Re-inventing Construction”

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

20:00
Welcome dinner
Welcome dinner

Attendees of the 3rd International Holcim Forum got to know each other at a welcome dinner at restaurant Los Canarios in Santa Fé.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

09:00
Welcome addresses
Welcome addresses

Welcome addresses were deliverd by José Morales Orozco SJ, Rector of the Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA), Sara Topelson de Grinberg, Under-Secretary of Urban Development and Land Planning, Government of Mexico and Rolf Soiron, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Holcim Foundation. 


09:30
KEYNOTE SPEECH
"No more inefficiency"
Amory Lovins
Chairman and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute, Colorado, USA
"No more inefficiency"

In his keynote speech, Lovins focused on energy sources: he indicated how oil consumption in the USA could be eliminated by 2040 by making automobiles and airplanes lighter and more effective and by substituting oil with cheaper biofuels and natural gas.


10:45
KEYNOTE SPEECH
"An empathetic civilization – now"
Jeremy Rifkin
President, Foundation on Economic Trends, Washington, USA
"An empathetic civilization – now"

In his keynote speech, Rifkin explains how empathy might save civilization from depleting its own live-sustaining resources. He believes that the last great communication revolution, the internet, could help us achieve biosphere consciousness, a sort of global comprehensive empathy.


11:30
KEYNOTE SPEECH
"Nothing stands alone"
Thom Mayne
Principal, Morphosis, New York, USA
"Nothing stands alone"

In his keynote speech, Mayne sees buildings not as isolated works but as contextual elements. For him, Re-inventing Construction means that every building must be considered in connection with its function, its users, its surroundings, and the environment. This multifaceted perspective leads to complex architecture that is typical of Mayne’s work.


12:15
Introduction to the Workshops

Four concurrent workshops addressed the topic of “Re-inventing construction” by investigating different themes. Each workshop was shortly introduced to the plenum by its moderator before participants had to decide for one of them. 


14:30
YELLOW WORKSHOP
Yellow Workshop: Reduce CO2 - With technology to zero emissions
Yellow Workshop: Reduce CO2 - With technology to zero emissions

The workshop focuses on carbon-minimizing innovations in the domains of construction materials and energy technologies in view of their impact on built structures throughout their life cycle – from manufacturing, to construction, to maintenance.

Introductory statement / moderation / conclusion: Hansjürg Leibundgut

ORANGE WORKSHOP
Orange Workshop: Stimulate stakeholders - With incentives to implementation
Orange Workshop: Stimulate stakeholders - With incentives to implementation

The workshop proposes the development of incentive-driven instruments or tools – such as norms, policies, or regulations – to entice players within the building industry (clients, users, developers, contractors, city officials, material suppliers, etc.) to implement sustainability sensitive methods of construction.

Introductory statement: Holger Wallbaum
Moderation: Chrisna du Plessis
Conclusion: Ray Cole

Friday, April 16, 2010

09:00
KEYNOTE SPEECH
"Reduce to the max"
Werner Sobek
Principal, Werner Sobek Group, Stuttgart, Germany
"Reduce to the max"

In his keynote speech, German engineer shows that rational thinking demands that one sees exactly how much energy and material a building consumes throughout its lifecycle – because savings in one place can often lead to significant costs in another.


09:45
KEYNOTE SPEECH
"Re-inventing yourself"
Michel Rojkind
Principal, Rojkind Arquitectos, Mexico City, Mexico
"Re-inventing yourself"

In his keynote speech, the Mexican architect approaches people with great enthusiasm, recognizing that one needs constant contact with others to develop oneself, and that mutual influence can lead to many opportunities.


10:30
Introduction to Mobile workshops
Introduction to Mobile workshops

Four Mobile Workshops directly linked to the Workshop themes were conducted on April 16, 2010, involving visits to specific sites in Mexico City. The case studies were professionally explained with focus on their relevance to “Re-inventing Construction” and its regional and local implications. The four mobile workshop topics were introduced by Jose Castillo.


11:30
Yellow Mobile workshop
Yellow Mobile workshop

The topic-related excursion, led by Barnardo Baranda and Salvador Herrera, gave the participants of the Yellow Mobile Workshop a better understanding of how CO2 emissions can be reduced through public transportation systems. 

Green Mobile Workshop: Housing and infrastructure in the peripheries - Mine the city
Green Mobile Workshop: Housing and infrastructure in the peripheries - Mine the city

For once, edges were at the center: the Green Mobile Workshop, facilitated by Arturo Oritz Struck and Rozana Montiel, took the particpants to the fringes of the city, to the informal district of Chimalhuacán whose roots date to the 13th century.

Orange Mobile Workshop: Social arrangements and infrastructure - Stimulate stakeholders
Orange Mobile Workshop: Social arrangements and infrastructure - Stimulate stakeholders

Jose Castillo and Enrique Martín-Moreno led the participants of the Orange Mobile Workshop to Faro de Oriente in Iztapalapa, one of the poorest districts of Mexico City.

Blue Mobile Workshop: Central city - Take on complexitiy
Blue Mobile Workshop: Central city - Take on complexitiy

Mexico's economy has changed markedly in the last 20 year. Large industrial zones like that at Azcapotzalco must be revitalized and reused. How can change be managed in complex urban areas? The Blue Mobile Workshop, led by Jorge Gamboa de Buen and Alejandro Hernández Gálvez, took the participants to this industrial zone, which is one of the most important development areas in the north of the city.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

09:00
YELLOW WORKSHOP
Yellow Workshop: Reduce CO2 - With technology to zero emissions
Yellow Workshop: Reduce CO2 - With technology to zero emissions

The workshop focuses on carbon-minimizing innovations in the domains of construction materials and energy technologies in view of their impact on built structures throughout their life cycle – from manufacturing, to construction, to maintenance.

Moderator: Hansjürg Leibundgut

GREEN WORKSHOP
Green Workshop: Mine the city - With logistics to circular metabolisms
Green Workshop: Mine the city - With logistics to circular metabolisms

The workshop centers on material stocks accumulated in the urban environment and the material fluxes associated with building construction. Taking the city as a reservoir of matter, waste streams, re-use, and recycling strategies need to be considered within the building sector in order to reduce the ecological footprint of construction.

Moderator: Marc Angélil

ORANGE WORKSHOP
Orange Workshop: Stimulate stakeholders - With incentives to implementation
Orange Workshop: Stimulate stakeholders - With incentives to implementation

The workshop proposes the development of incentive-driven instruments or tools – such as norms, policies, or regulations – to entice players within the building industry (clients, users, developers, contractors, city officials, material suppliers, etc.) to implement sustainability sensitive methods of construction.

Moderator: Holger Wallbaum

BLUE WORKSHOP
Blue Workshop: Take on complexity - With integral solutions to an economy of means
Blue Workshop: Take on complexity - With integral solutions to an economy of means

The workshop addresses construction assemblies, their performance, and the relation of the parts to the whole, i.e. the interplay of building elements and their compilation into an efficient working entity that is more than the sum of its parts – including the interaction of technical systems such as the load-bearing structure, the façade enclosure, and mechanical systems.

Moderator: Hans-Rudolf Schalcher


14:30
Presentation of Workshop sessions results
Presentation of Workshop sessions results

The results of every workshop were presented to the plenum by the respective workshop reporter and then deliberated and discussed by the expert panel.


16:30
Concluding Panel Discussion
Concluding Panel Discussion

At the end of the Forum, a panel of renowned experts discussed the issues treated in the workshops and presentations - and rew some initial conclusions. The panel comprised Yolanda Kakabadse (Ecuador), Takako Tajima (USA), Aziza Chaouni (Morocco), Ashok B. Lall (India), Arab Hoballah (France), Enrique Norten (Mexico), and moderator Rolf Soiron (Switzerland).


17:30
Student poster Competition - prize hand-over
Student poster Competition - prize hand-over

Posters by students from seven of the world’s leading technical universities were displayed at the 3rd International Holcim Forum 2010. The posters encouraged stimulating discussions on approaches to urban transformation.

All Forum participants were eligible to vote in the Student Poster Competition. The prizes were handed over by Rolf Soiron, Holcim Foundation and Hans-Rudolf Schalcher, Academic Committee, Holcim Forum.


18:00
Closing remark
Closing remark

On behalf of Holcim Mexico, its CEO Eduardo Kretschmer, thanked the participants for their valuable contribution, ideas and visionary messages which were en enrichment for the 3rd Holcim Forum. He also extended his thanks to the host and organizers of the Forum.


19:30
Farewell Dinner at Hotel Camino Real
Farewell Dinner at Hotel Camino Real

The farewell dinner took place at Hotel Camino Real, where the participants had time to recap their experiences and exchange conclusions from the past three days.

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Re-inventing Construction
April 13 to April 17, 2010

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