Several hundred applications to attend the 3rd international Holcim Forum were received from more than 50 countries on all continents by the end of the registration period. Under the title of “Re-inventing Construction”, the symposium will be held at the Universidad Iberoamericana and feature opportunities for networking and discussion, keynote speeches, workshops, panel sessions and a full-day excursion to sites in Mexico City.
Under the title of “Re-inventing construction”, the Holcim Forum will be held at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and builds upon the momentum of previous events “Basic Needs” (hosted by ETH Zurich) and “Urban_Trans_Formation” (Tongji University, Shanghai). The symposium will feature opportunities for networking and discussion, stimulated by keynote speeches, workshops, panel sessions and a full-day excursion aligned with the workshop themes to sites in Mexico City.
The registration period ended January 31, 2010. Following the Forum, selected conference documentation and published proceedings will be available on this website. To stay informed about the event, register for updates at: www.lafargeholcim-foundation.org/subscribe
Leading international speakers and a comprehensive program
Keynote addresses by internationally-renowned experts will include Amory Lovins (USA), Rocky Mountain Institute; Thom Mayne (USA), Morphosis; Jeremy Rifkin (USA), Foundation on Economic Trends; Michel Rojkind (Mexico), Rojkind Arquitectos; and Werner Sobek (Germany), University of Stuttgart.
Expert groups will advance concepts for a sustainable built environment in separate workshops on the topics of “Reduce CO2: With Technology to Zero Emissions”, “Play with Complexity: With Integral Solutions to an Economy of Means”, “Mine the City: With Logistics to Circular Metabolisms” and “Stimulate Stakeholders: With Incentives to Implementation”.
Excursions within Mexico City related to each theme will enhance discussions and illustrate questions related to “Re-inventing construction”. Themes will include: “Ecological south”, “Central city”, “Housing and infrastructure in the peripheries”, and “Social arrangements and infrastructure”.
The Holcim Foundation is supported by Holcim Ltd but is independent of its commercial interests. Holcim Ltd is one of the world’s leading suppliers of cement and aggregates (crushed stone, sand and gravel) as well as downstream activities such as ready-mix concrete and asphalt, including services. The Holcim Group holds majority and minority interests in around 70 countries on all continents.