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Climate Change in Architecture

What  do Pierre de Meuron, Rem Koolhass, Iñaki Abalos or Bjarke Ingels have in common?  They took part in the fourth Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad Conference.  This year’s meeting was titled “Architecture: Climate Change” and challenged participates to rethink space and way in which we live in today’s architecture….and why not in the design of our furniture.

Andreu World sponsored this event which has become one of the most important events in the world of architecture.  It also served as a platform to launch the new video and the 2016 International Design Contest.  

On the first day they highlighted the work of Rem Koolhass who spoke about the current challenge of architecture to understand the rural world. Thorsen (Snøhetta) meanwhile said that "There is no architecture without people, without users”.

Rem Koolhass_Imagen Subliminal

Rem Koolhass ©Imagen Subliminal


 Thorsen (Snøhetta) ©Imagen Subliminal

On the second day it was Iñaki Abalos’ turn, who illustrated several projects such as the Forum of Barcelona, the Plaza Mina or San Antonio Medellin, where they had launched the process "thermodynamic, as the power to put things together." Meanwhile, Louisa Hutton and architect Winy Mass spoke about leveraging what already exists to give life to cities and power of connecting people.  

 Abalos hutton

 ©Imagen Subliminal

To wrap up the event Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, founder of Big, a prominent international studio, and the only architect selected to be one of Time magazine’s 2016’s most influential people, presented their study in Copenhagen to convert waste into energy, one of the most innovative experiences and sustainable endeavors. 

Bjarke Ingels

Bjarke Ingels ©Imagen Subliminal


Other architects who participated in lectures and panel discussions at the Baluarte-Palacio de Congresos and Auditorium of Pamplona were Jean-Philippe Vassal, Kjetil Thorsen Traedal, Renata Sentkiewicz and Dietmar Eberle.

We finish our post with an inspirational quote from some of the architects of the conference, next to a drawing from the young illustrator Diana Mera, who shared with us the speeches of "Climate Change":


'The challenge of architecture is to understand the rural world'
Rem Koolhass


Architecture is the extension of the body of the architect into a new, projected outward form. 
De Meuron


As an architect, emphaty should be your superpower
Bjarke Ingels  

We conclude with this quote from Luis Fernandez-Galiano, Professor of Projects at the School of Architecture at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and director of the magazines  AV / Arquitectura Viva. "Architecture is the key to addressing the challenges raised by climate change. New cities, new ways of how we relate to each other are demanding new ways of doing architecture.”