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2nd Holcim Forum 2007 – “Urban_Trans_Formation”

2nd Holcim Forum 2007 – “Urban_Trans_Formation”

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

19:00
Welcome reception at Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center (SUPEC)
Welcome reception at Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center (SUPEC)

For the opening ceremony of the Holcim Forum one could hardly imagine a more fitting venue than the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center on People's Square. In this impressive building is a huge, three-dimensional model that shows how Shanghai might develop.

Welcome addresses
Welcome addresses

Welcome addresses were conferred by Xiong Yang, Vice Mayor, Municipal Government of Shanghai; Dante Martinelli, Swiss Ambassador to China, Rolf Soiron, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Holcim Foundation and of Holcim Ltd; and Zhiqiang Wu, Dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University, Chief Planner of Workd Expo 2010 and Member of the Technical Competence Center of the Holcim Foundation. 

Thursday, April 19, 2007

09:00
Welcome to Tongji University
Welcome to Tongji University

Gang Wan, President Tongji University welcomed the more than 250 professionals from over 40 countries - architects, engineers, city planners, scientists, and representatives from business and government - to the 2nd Holcim Forum at Tongji University.

Introduction to Holcim Foundation
Introduction to Holcim Foundation

Rolf Soiron, Chairman Advisory Board, Holcim Foundation briefly introduced the Holcim Foundation its activities and initiatives to the plenum.

Introduction to Forum "Urban_Trans_Formation"
Introduction to Forum "Urban_Trans_Formation"

How can cities fulfill their diverse functions as sustainably as possible - today, and also in the future? What are the challenges they face with respect to urban transformation? An introduction into the topic of the 2nd Holcim Forum "Urban_Trans_Formation" was given by Hans-Rudolf Schalcher, Head Technical Competence Center, Member Management Board, Holcim Foundation.


09:30
KEYNOTE SPEECH
"The Shanghai case"
Saskia Sassen
Professor of Sociology, Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), New York, USA
"The Shanghai case"

In her keynote speech, Saskia Sassen argues that the consolidation of knowledge in urban centers has the potential to spur the political action that will be required to attain a more sustainable world.


10:00
Introduction to Mobile Workshop themes (3rd day program)
Introduction to Mobile Workshop themes (3rd day program)

Zhiqiang Wu, Dean, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University introduced the topics and sites of the 3 mobile workshop excursions which concluded the 2nd Holcim Forum.


10:45
KEYNOTE SPEECH
"Upgrading the city, grafting the existing"
Jean-Philippe Vassal
Director, Lacaton & Vassal Architectes, Paris, France
"Upgrading the city, grafting the existing"

With their PLUS project, Jean-Philippe Vassal and Anne Lacaton, in collaboration with Frédéric Druot, are transforming drab apartment buildings into liveable structures that enable interaction and improve quality of life. They believe every building has its own unique history, and advocate a strategy of adding chapters instead of starting a new book.


11:30
KEYNOTE SPEECH
"A more socially- and environmentally-sustainable city"
Enrique Peñalosa
Former, Mayor of Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
"A more socially- and environmentally-sustainable city"

As mayor of Bogotá, Enrique Peñalosa demonstrated that it is possible to make cities livable for everyone. Pedestrians and cyclists must be given priority over cars, he believes. "Good public spaces also help to reduce crime and enhance the quality of life."


13:45
Overview of working group topic (A) Normative Urbanism
Overview of working group topic (A) Normative Urbanism

Contemporary urbanism is marked by convention, where the user is assumed to be a generic subject. What ensues from this condition is a tension between the norm and that, which is considered to be outside the norm. 

Moderator: Mark Lee

Overview of working group topic (B) Informal Urbanism
Overview of working group topic (B) Informal Urbanism

Contemporary cities are comprised of parallel forms of social alliance, some legal and established, others outside the sway of official purview. While often held apart, these competing orders share at times the same urban stage.

Moderator: Rahul Mehrotra

Overview of working group topic (C) Green Urbanism
Overview of working group topic (C) Green Urbanism

Contemporary urban agglomerations manifest generally unsustainable ecologies. The depletion of material resources, the accumulation of waste, the over-expenditure of non-renewable energy are direct consequences of the predatory expansion of urbanization.

Moderator: Fernando Diez

Overview of working group topic (D) Touristic Urbanism
Overview of working group topic (D) Touristic Urbanism

Tourism accounts for one of the largest industries, promoting a commodification of place across the world. Clean, safe, and attractive self-contained environments are created that by definition are generally segregated from local conditions.

Moderator: Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdellah

Overview of working group topic (E) Temporary Urbanism
Overview of working group topic (E) Temporary Urbanism

Where contemporary culture has increasingly become nomadic, place has become transitive. This condition stands in contradiction to the time-honored notion of the city as a sedentary entity.

Moderator: Eyal Weizmann


14:15
Working groups: Professional view on topics A-E (concurrent sessions)
Working groups: Professional view on topics A-E (concurrent sessions)

In the context of a thre-day conference, the broad theme of urban transformation had to be narrowed so as not to become lost in generalities. The focus of the pgroram was the five working groups in which contemporary urban challenges were handled in depth over a two-day period.


17:15
Introduction to Research Grant program
Introduction to Research Grant program

The Holcim Foundation supports many types of research pertaining to sustainable construction. At the Forum, Research Grants for doctoral projects were presented. Introduction to Research Grant program - Marc Angélil, Member Technical Competence Center, Member Management Board, Holcim Foundation.

Hand-over of certificates
Hand-over of certificates

The subject of sustainability always involves tomorrow. What we do today should not compromise the opportunities of future generations. For the Holcim Foundation it is therefore natural to include in its activities the forthcoming generation of architects, urban planners and engineers. for the first time, the Foundation also provided funding for Ph.D. research projects involving sustainable construction. At the Forum five such grants were presented - totaling USD 200,000. 
The grants went to:
Odair Barbosa de Moraes, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Lei Pang, Tongji University, Shanghai, China
Rozana Montiel and Arturo Ortiz, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City
Deane Simpson, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Jörg Spangenberg, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Friday, April 20, 2007

08:30
KEYNOTE SPEECH
"Sustainable architecture"
Kees Christiaanse
Chair of Architecture and Urbanism, Institute for Urban Design, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland
"Sustainable architecture"

Hierarchical, or tree-like urban patterns are an indication that cities are losing their openness, observed Kees Christiaanse. He fears that the typical city is becoming a patchwork of disjointed, sterile, and partially inaccessible sectors, and argued for an understanding of the city as an open system.


09:45
Working groups: Academic views on topics A-E (concurrent sessions)
Working groups: Academic views on topics A-E (concurrent sessions)

In the context of a thre-day conference, the broad theme of urban transformation had to be narrowed so as not to become lost in generalities. The focus of the pgroram was the five working groups in which contemporary urban challenges were handled in depth over a two-day period.


14:15
Presentation of working group results (A) Normative Urbanism
Presentation of working group results (A) Normative Urbanism

Contemporary urbanism is marked by convention, where the user is assumed to be a generic subject. What ensues from this condition is a tension between the norm and that, which is considered to be outside the norm.

Moderator: Andreas Ruby

Presentation of working group results (B) Informal Ubansim
Presentation of working group results (B) Informal Ubansim

Contemporary cities are comprised of parallel forms of social alliance, some legal and established, others outside the sway of official purview. While often held apart, these competing orders share at times the same urban stage.

Moderator: Yung Ho Chang

Presentation of working group results (C) Green Urbanism
Presentation of working group results (C) Green Urbanism

Contemporary urban agglomerations manifest generally unsustainable ecologies. The depletion of material resources, the accumulation of waste, the over-expenditure of non-renewable energy are direct consequences of the predatory expansion of urbanization.

Moderator: Kaarin Taipale

Presentation of working group results (D) Touristic Urbanism
Presentation of working group results (D) Touristic Urbanism

Tourism accounts for one of the largest industries, promoting a commodification of place across the world. Clean, safe, and attractive self-contained environments are created that by definition are generally segregated from local conditions.

Moderator: Amer Moustafa

Presentation of working group results (E) Temporary Urbanism
Presentation of working group results (E) Temporary Urbanism

Where contemporary culture has increasingly become nomadic, place has become transitive. This condition stands in contradiction to the time-honored notion of the city as a sedentary entity.

Moderator: Reed Kroloff


15:30
Concluding panel "Drivers, barriers and policy frameworks for Urban_Trans_Formation"
Concluding panel "Drivers, barriers and policy frameworks for Urban_Trans_Formation"

A panel of four experts discussed the potential of politics to shape the fate of cities. Acknowledging the enormity of the task of making cities around the world more sustainable, they unanimously called for action, not only on the part politicians, but also on the part of industry and private individuals.


17:30
KEYNOTE SPEECH
"Urban transformation in the policy context"
Peter Head
Director Planning and Sustainability, Arup UK, London, United Kingdom
"Urban transformation in the policy context"

For Peter head, cities are "large and complicated entities full of conflict and contradiction." In order to negotiate differences, urban design requires collaboration among professionals, balancing the needs and interests of both the public domain and the private sector.


18:15
Student poster competition: Result of participants' voting and prize hand-over
Student poster competition: Result of participants' voting and prize hand-over

Posters by students from sixn of the world’s leading technical universities were displayed at the 2nd International Holcim Forum 2007. 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.


19:30
Farewell Dinner at Shanghai Grand Theater
Farewell Dinner at Shanghai Grand Theater

The farewell dinner took place at the famous Shanghai Grand Theater, where the participants had time to recap their experiences and exchange conclusions from the past three days.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

07:30
Mobile Workshop 1: Conceptual Tour - Chongmin Island "Eco Island"
Mobile Workshop 1: Conceptual Tour - Chongmin Island "Eco Island"

North of the densely popolated center of Shanghai, at the mouth of the Yangtze River, lies Chongming - the world's largest alluvial island. Over the next dozen years, it will be developed into a laboratory for sustainable urban, agricultural, and ecological practices.


07:45
Mobile Workshop 2: Architectural tour - Qingpu district "Venice of China"
Mobile Workshop 2: Architectural tour - Qingpu district "Venice of China"

Often called "Venice of the Orient," Zhujiajiao lies in the midst of the completely modernized Qingpu district of Shanghai. Here, old and new complement one another, together forming a surprisingly coherent urban entity.


08:00
Mobile Workshop 3: Infrastructural Tour - Pudong new city and Yangshan deepwater port
Mobile Workshop 3: Infrastructural Tour - Pudong new city and Yangshan deepwater port

One can almost feel the rapid growth occurring in Shanghai's Pudong district. Skyscrapers seem to pop up overnight. In the tradition of infrastructural projects on the scale of the Great Wall, China's economic boom has spurred the development of a new deepwater prot located some 30 miles out to sea.

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April 18 to April 21, 2007

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