[re-post] MovingCities is back after an unforeseeable website tech-up. The coming period might still see some glitches, tweaking, weird invasions and interruptions as we go along. But let’s proceed, lifting off under cloudy skies, scanning and investigating the state of urbanization, picking up where we left: the Think Green Global Forum –
http://www.thinkgreen2010.org/ – in Nanjing. Background on the Forum and the ‘Green Building and Architecture’ session.
On April 8, Bert de Muynck | MovingCities presented during the ‘Green Building and Architecture‘ session along with Mark E. Strauss [Senior Partner FXFOWLE Architects], Robert Ouellette [Vice President ZEROFOOTPRINT], Su Yunsheng [President Shanghai ETOPIA Building Development | URBAN CHINA magazine] and Kevin Mo [Senior Specialist Sustainable Building NRDC]. The session was hosted by Frank Mruk, Associate Dean NYIT, Architecture & Design.
Mark E. Strauss presented the ‘Nordhavnen City Regenerative‘ project entry of FXFOWLE Architects for the “Open International Competition for the Nordhavnen in Copenhagen” which in 2009 won the ‘WAN Awards Urban Design Sector‘ for best unbuilt design. Read also Mark E. Strauss’s ‘Copenhagen and beyond‘ written for World Architecture News.
Kevin Mo presented work and analysis in the ‘From Grey to Green | How Energy-Efficient Buildings Can Help Make China’s Rapid Urbanization Sustainable‘-report which was instigated by The Boston Consulting Group [BCG]. Kevin Mo works for the NRDC, the US’s most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.3 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals. Check out their website on Green Living and Green Business.
Su Yunsheng presented his ‘Innovation for Life’-series consisting out of variations and application of ‘intelligent sustainable structures,’ made either of steel, wood or loam. These are presented as series of ideas and projects in which these buildings be assembled fast. Also, their constituent parts can be flat-packed and mailed to where they’re needed. CNN has an introduction: ‘Su Yunsheng, the man pushing China’s sustainable development‘:
It’s Etopia which now takes up most of his time. “We started it after the Sichuan earthquake,” he explains. “Before that we’d only been doing research into sustainability and integrated buildings. But when the earthquake hit we realized we couldn’t wait any longer. We had to put things into practice.”
Robert Ouellette presented ZEROFOOTPRINT, a socially responsible enterprise whose mission is to apply technology, design and risk management to the massive reduction of our environmental footprint. Check out their “City Initiatives“. And finally Bert de Muynck presented insights in current architectural and urban developments and visions in China based on interviews made with Wang Shu [Amateur Architecture Studio] and Rory McGowan [ARUP] and projects presented during the Shanghai SNOWBALL Seminar.
Pictures by movingcities.org