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Green futures

Is the future of the European construction industry green?

Talk

Thursday 4 October 2018
6.30 — 8pm

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Mario Cucinella Architects, Golinelli Arts and Sciences Centre, 2016

Photography: Rodolfo Giuliani; OKNOstudio

A discussion exploring the future of sustainability within the construction industry.

The presence of nature in today’s cities is being rethought and redesigned, creating new and radical scenarios. Cities are being colonised by “green” architecture as architects respond to our increasing ecological footprint. Society faces an extraordinary challenge in overcoming our environmental deficit, and sustainable solutions for architecture have a crucial role in this.

In this discussion, architect Mario Cucinella and engineer Giorgio Bignotti (technical consultant of Federlegno Arredo, the Italian association of wood and furniture industries) explore a broader understanding of sustainability and present their visions of a greener construction industry.

Cucinella will interrogate the notion of sustainability as something that is not only based on budgetary concerns but emerges out of the networks that surround us, from the relationships between citizens, climate and the concept of place. He will look into how we might need to rethink buildings so that the relationship between architecture and engineering is based in form and matter, not just technology. The latter change should bring construction closer to the complexity of nature, rather than mechanical artifice, and produce buildings with a higher degree of empathy.

Bignotti will offer a survey of the evolution of wood construction in recent decades and discuss how it can contribute to creating a greener future. While arguing that the future of the construction industry is undoubtedly green, he has identified wood as the material that offers most opportunities for innovation and thus has the most potential to speed up change in the traditionally conservative construction industry.

The discussion will be chaired by Hattie Hartman, Sustainability Editor at the Architects’ Journal.

This event is organised by the Italian Trade Agency.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Thursday 4 October 2018

6.30 — 8pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£15, £9 concessions