ROCKWOOL WORKSHOP: RE-THINKING CITIES

28 - 30 November 2018, RAI Amsterdam

ROCKWOOL WORKSHOP: RE-THINKING CITIES

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Workshop themes:

  • Urban planning
  • Circularity
  • Health and well-being

Workshop synopsis:

Globally, buildings account for more than 30% of all final energy and half of global electricity consumption. Urban populations have skyrocketed in the last 50 years, creating much more densely populated living conditions.

This workshop will be an interactive session focusing on identifying key success factors in urban re-generation in which we know architects play a key role. The aim is to assist architects expand their visions and re-think the materials and building methods used to realise these. During the workshop three keynote speakers (details here) will give their perspectives on renovation, architectural upgrades and application of high quality materials within 1) urban planning, 2) circularity and 3) health and well-being.

Urban planning:

On the topic of urban planning we know that populations have skyrocketed in the last 50 years, creating much more densely populated living conditions. It is expected that 90% of today’s buildings will still be in use in 2050, but also many are in poor condition. In such cases renovation focusing on e.g. energy efficiency will allow urban citizens to continue to live in safety and comfort in ever-denser cities. Aesthetics also important

Circularity:

Regarding circularity, it is known that the building sector produces approximately one third of all waste, much of which ends up in landfill. Renovating means making the most of existing building stock, upcycling material and minimising demolition waste.

Health and well-being:

Finally, indoor health and wellbeing play an ever-increasing role as we spend nearly 90% of our time indoors and yet we dedicate very few resources to building quality. An example is indoor noise levels, in some cases lead children to miss 25% of the words spoken by their teachers. Something that can be alleviated through design and renovation with high-quality building materials. In addition, noise in public spaces is an increasing challenge especially in bigger cities.

Key learning objectives:

Join this workshop to have your visions challenged and re-think your material choices and building methods.

  • Did you know that today 3.9 billion people live in cities and that number is growing – join this workshop to learn more about how these densely populated areas can reach their full potentials
  • Did you know that the building sector produces approximately one-third of all waste globally, much of which ends up in landfill – join this workshop to learn more about how circular buildings can work as material banks for the future
  • Did you know that children miss 25% of words spoken by their teachers – join this workshop to learn more about how to improve health and safety in buildings and urban environments

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