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Thomas Auer & Stefan Behnisch: Lost in Transformation

19 October 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Organized by: MIT Architecture
Venue: MIT Architecture, Building 7, Room 7-429 (Long Lounge)
77 Massachusetts Avenue

In order to get to a carbon neutral building stock – which is e.g. required by the EU Carbon roadmap by 2050  – our efforts need to be smart and holistic on all scales of design. At the same time it is essential that a transformation process provide great environmental qualities – indoor as well as outdoor (public realm). This requires mitigation and adaptation strategies, which can only be accomplished by transforming the design process: “Form Follows Process” (Chris Bangle, chief of design at BMW between 1992 and 2009). Integrated design strategies and a performance driven design process is the basis to find answers on the question how the challenges of our time will transform and change our built environment. A transformation, which needs to be radical to achieve a full de-carbonization of our building stock and to provide a highly comfortable. However, to be convincing as a profession we need to be aspirational and at the same time inspirational. The level of aspiration must be determined by research, whereas exemplary lighthouse projects should inspire the industry and the public