Architect’ Council of Europe Conference: Climate Change & Built Heritage, 28 October 2021
While the COP26 will take place in November in Glasgow, the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) is organising on Thursday 28 October in Brussels a public conference to discuss solutions that a high-quality architecture can offer to mitigate climate change and adapt our society to its effects. It will focus on the mindset and attitude towards the built environment that is required to initiate quality planning processes – a prerequisite for the design low-carbon and climate resilient buildings, public spaces and cities.
In April 2021, the Union’s co-legislators reached a provisional agreement on the European Climate Law, which enshrines for the first time in the EU legislation the objective to become the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050. In order to reach this objective, legislators have set the intermediary target to cut Union’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030.
Urgent and bold actions targeting the built environment are indispensable for meeting our climate ambitions. Our living and working spaces are responsible for 36% of greenhouse gas emissions and 40% of the energy consumption in the EU. In today’s Europe, 75% of buildings are not energy efficient, mostly because a large part of the existing building stock was constructed before building codes were in place. The Architects’ Council of Europe promotes a holistic approach towards the built environment – an approach that, beyond energy efficiency considerations, seeks to create economic, social, environmental and cultural values through the built environment, for the benefit of all.
The conference will be designed as an opportunity to discuss ongoing EU policy initiatives (EU Climate Law, Renovation Wave strategy, New European Bauhaus), as well as city and landscape planning, mobility, circular economy, re-use of the heritage – through some architectonically excellent projects.
IFLA Europe will be represented in the Conference in two parts of the Conference:
- Steffi Schueppel, member of AIAPP and Chair of BDLA Saxony who will actively participate in the SESSION 1: Designing and planning for the long term: from large scale to small scale. Presentations followed by round-table discussion moderated by the Master of Ceremony and Q&A with the audience.
- Katerina Gkoltsiou, Vice President for Professional Practice and President of PHALA Greece, who will actively participate in SESSION 4 – Round table discussion with representatives from the New European Bauhaus Collective (NEBC) - Round-table discussion moderated by the Master of Ceremony and Q&A with the audience.
On-site and online attendance via Zoom free of charge upon registration at: https://www.ace-cae.eu/services/news/?tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=2243&cHash=98dbe807107c20ea8c91e13b7f07dd3a