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4th Holcim Forum 2013 – “Economy of Sustainable Construction”

4th Holcim Forum 2013 – “Economy of Sustainable Construction”

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

19:30
Welcome dinner
Welcome dinner

Attendees of the 4th International Holcim Forum got to know each other at a welcome dinner at the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

09:00
Welcome addresses
Welcome addresses

Two welcome addresses were conferred by Devang Khakhar, Director, IIT Bombay, India and
Rolf Soiron, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Holcim Ltd and Chairman of the Board of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, Switzerland.


09:30
KEYNOTE SPEECH
"Architecture and the Economy of Sustainable Construction"
David Chipperfield
Principal, David Chipperfield Architects, London, United Kingdom
"Architecture and the Economy of Sustainable Construction"

In his keynote speech Sir David Chipperfield concentrated on durability. He observed that longevity has always been an objective of architects – and that the physical and non-physical aspects of buildings generate sustainability from a cultural sense by providing public space independent of commercial drivers of a building project.

KEYNOTE SPEECH
"Economics of Sustainable Construction"
Lucas Bretschger
Professor of Economics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland
"Economics of Sustainable Construction"

In his keynote speech Lucas Bretschger reported on the potential of sustainable construction for controlling CO2 emissions. There are direct economic benefits of sustainable buildings: durability, reduced costs for energy and water, maintenance, and a healthier and more productive environment.

KEYNOTE SPEECH
"Uncommon sense and the Economy of Sustainable Construction"
Alejandro Aravena
Principal, Elemental, Santiago, Chile
"Uncommon sense and the Economy of Sustainable Construction"

In his keynote speech Alejandro Aravena reported on the extensive rebuilding of the city of Constitucíon in Chile, which was destroyed by a tsunami in 2010. Construction projects in such a context must meet stringent fiscal targets; otherwise they would not be accepted under emergency budget provisions.


11:00
Introduction to the Workshops
Introduction to the Workshops

Four concurrent workshops addressed the topic of “Economy of Sustainable Construction” by investigating different themes. Each workshop was shortly introduced to the plenum by its workshop expert before participants had to decide for one of them. 


14:30
YELLOW WORKSHOP
Yellow Workshop: Local resources – Leveraging regional skills and metabolism
Yellow Workshop: Local resources – Leveraging regional skills and metabolism

This workshop investigated the regionalism of different sustainability issues, with the goal of determining localized strategies for overcoming barriers to sustainable design and construction.

Moderator: Hansjürg Leibundgut; Reporter: Niklaus Haller

GREEN WORKSHOP
Green Workshop: Compact city – Sustainable or just sustaining economic law?
Green Workshop: Compact city – Sustainable or just sustaining economic law?

This workshop reviewed the concept of the compact city and evaluated and criticized the economic, social, and ecological aspects of this typology within the scope of sustainable urbanism.

Moderator: Harry Gugger; Reporter: Sanjay Prakash

BLUE WORKSHOP
Blue Workshop: Retained diversity – Maintaining strengths while upgrading informal habitats
Blue Workshop: Retained diversity – Maintaining strengths while upgrading informal habitats

Focusing on informal settlements and their tradition of combined living/working spaces, this workshop investigated the different economic, legal, planning, and cultural conditions affecting these settlements.

Moderator: Hans-Rudolf Schalcher; Reporter: Sarah Graham

ORANGE WORKSHOP
Orange Workshop: Overall value – Harnessing all benefits from sustainable construction
Orange Workshop: Overall value – Harnessing all benefits from sustainable construction

This workshop investigated the financial value of sustainable buildings and infrastructure, with specific focus on the economic, ecological and social benefits and costs to society as a whole.

Moderator: Holger Wallbaum; Reporter: Chrisna du Plessis

Friday, April 12, 2013

09:00
KEYNOTE SPEECH
“The Local Context of Sustainable Construction”
Brinda Somaya
Principal, Somaya & Kalappa Consultants, Mumbai, India
“The Local Context of Sustainable Construction”

Architect and urban conservationist from Mumbai, India; Principal Architect and Managing Director at Somaya and Kalappa Consultants; founding trustee of the HECAR Foundation; and advocate of the work of women architects in South Asia.


10:00
Introduction to Mobile Workshops
Introduction to Mobile Workshops

The four mobile workshop, introduced by Russell Loveridge, provided participants with the opportunity to experience local sites and investigate Mumbai. The selected sites were not intended to be viewed as “ideal” or “best-in-class” examples, instead they were chosen to serve as contextual examples that demonstrate aspects of the theme, raise new questions, or offer scope for debate on the presence or absence of desired qualities.


11:00
Yellow Mobile Workshop: Local resources – Leveraging regional skills and metabolism
Yellow Mobile Workshop: Local resources – Leveraging regional skills and metabolism

This mobile workshop investigated the regionalism of different sustainability issues to determine localized strategies for overcoming barriers to sustainable design and construction. Different educational institutions were visited as a basis from which to analyze the social, economic, and resource conditions that influence the development of architecture and surrounding built environment.

Mobile workshop facilitators: Aneerudha Paul and Ainsley Lewis

Green Mobile Workshop: Compact city – Sustainable or just sustaining economic law?
Green Mobile Workshop: Compact city – Sustainable or just sustaining economic law?

To praise the compact city as the only sustainable form of human settlement has become a dogma. This workshop aimed at analyzing what differentiations need to be made with respect to specificity of site and society when evaluating the scale and density of a city.

Mobile workshop facilitators: Neera Adarkar and Prasad Shetty

Retained diversity: Maintaining strengths while upgrading informal habitats
Retained diversity: Maintaining strengths while upgrading informal habitats

This workshop investigated the different economic, legal, planning, and cultural conditions affecting informal settlements and their traditions of combined living/working spaces. 

Mobile workshop facilitators: Ameya Athavankar and Keya Kunte

Orange Mobile Workshop: Overall value - Harnessing all benefits from sustainable construction
Orange Mobile Workshop: Overall value - Harnessing all benefits from sustainable construction

Understanding the impact of buildings and infrastructure development should extend beyond the current focus on the financial return for a project. This workshop intended to elucidate a modern perspective of project value by taking into consideration the economic, ecological and social benefits and costs to both the context and to all members of society.

Mobile workshop facilitators: Sowmya Raja and Roshni Udyavar Yehuda

Saturday, April 13, 2013

09:00
YELLOW WORKSHOP
Local resources - Leveraging regional skills and metabolism
Local resources - Leveraging regional skills and metabolism

This workshop investigated the regionalism of different sustainability issues, with the goal of determining localized strategies for overcoming barriers to sustainable design and construction.

Moderator: Hansjürg Leibundgut; Reporter: Niklaus Haller

GREEN WORKSHOP
Compact city - Sustainable or just sustaining economic law
Compact city - Sustainable or just sustaining economic law

This workshop reviewed the concept of the compact city and evaluated and criticized the economic, social, and ecological aspects of this typology within the scope of sustainable urbanism.

Moderator: Harry Gugger; Reporter: Sanjay Prakash

BLUE WORKSHOP
Retained diversity - Maintaining strengths while upgrading informal habitats
Retained diversity - Maintaining strengths while upgrading informal habitats

Focusing on informal settlements and their tradition of combined living/working spaces, this workshop investigated the different economic, legal, planning, and cultural conditions affecting these settlements.

Moderator: Hans-Rudolf Schalcher; Reporter: Sarah Graham

ORANGE WORKSHOP
Overall value - Harnessing all benefits from sustainable construction
Overall value - Harnessing all benefits from sustainable construction

This workshop investigated the financial value of sustainable buildings and infrastructure, with specific focus on the economic, ecological and social benefits and costs to society as a whole.

Moderator: Holger Wallbaum; Reporter: Chrisna du Plessis


14:00
Concluding debate discussing workshop findings
Concluding debate discussing workshop findings

The Holcim Forum concluded with a review and debate between a panel of established experts. The panel deliberated and discusses the results of the workshops, and place the findings into the larger context of “Economy of Sustainable Construction”.


16:30
Student Poster Competition - prize hand-over
Student Poster Competition - prize hand-over

Posters by students from eight of the world’s leading technical universities on approaches to the “economy of sustainable construction” competed in the Student Poster Competition. The five winners were selected by the Forum participants.


19:30
Farewell dinner
Farewell dinner

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

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Economy of Sustainable Construction
April 10 to April 13, 2013

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