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Bernice Lee, Executive Director, Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy
Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive Officer, UK Green Building Council
Alan Knight, General Manager – Corporate Sustainability, ArcelorMittal
Ginger Krieg Dosier, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, bioMASON
Felix Preston, Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Research Director - Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House
Alex Sparrow, Director, UK Hempcrete
Anthony Thistleton, Founder & Director, Waugh Thistleton Architects Ltd
The global construction sector is experiencing a range of disruptive shifts – in materials, technologies and business models – changing not only how we build but also how we will live. The environmental implications of these changes are set to be profound – the 4 billion tonnes of cement produced every year alone account for 8 per cent of global CO2 emissions. And with as many as 3 billion people potentially living in slums by 2050, new building solutions are urgently needed in developing and emerging economies.
Will these emerging technologies reinvent buildings to the degree needed and what might the future of construction look like?
This event brought together architects, designers, innovators, business and media leaders, policymakers and campaigners to discuss the range of cutting-edge technologies that could shape the future of the construction sector. Participants assessed different innovative options to explore how best to speed up and scale up their uptake. The panel discussion was followed by an exhibition, which will explore how architectural models can help reimagine how we build to meet our future social and environmental needs.
Reinventing the Building was the second event in the 'Reinventing Series' hosted by the Hoffmann Centre at Chatham House. The series explores new designs, technologies, products and practical solutions that could better meet future social and environmental needs.
About the Exhibition
The Hawkins\Brown exhibition explored how architectural models can be used to help reimagine how we build to meet our future social and environmental needs. Progressing through the exhibits, participants moved from traditional scale models, to more abstract representations of ideas, to the most modern digital models in use today.
- It explored how different modelling scales and techniques allow us to investigate everything from how people work, to the path of the sun and the flowrates of cooling fans. It showed how this allows projects to be refined at full scale in a digital environment in close collaboration with engineers and the wider design team - pushing the boundaries of design.
- A 3D printer displayed how we can quickly visualise architectural forms in the design process. VR headsets was available to allow participants to experience how we can interact with design, opening up new creative channels.
- Finally, this exhibition explored how emerging digital fabrication techniques are creating a more direct connection between architectural modelling and the manufacturing process. The parametric modelling techniques used to simplify the process of designing and building WikiHouse structural systems in the development of The Gantry be on display.