Reporting From The Front: Sustainability vs. Security

Reporting From The Front: Sustainability vs. Security

Based on his experience in curating the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia 2016 in Venice, the Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena inspired the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction to organize a debate on sustainability and security. Framed as one of this year Architecture Biennale’s discussions, the event will foreground topics that were raised in the context of the exhibition “Reporting from the Front” and expose them to “real life reports” from the forefront of architecture and related disciplines.

Growing security concerns, specifically pertaining to the world supply chain and global flows of construction materials as well as the devastating effects of wars on livelihoods and the built environment, add to the complexity and variety of challenges to which architecture must respond. Is security a challenge to the logistics of sustainable construction? What is at stake in securing the future of the building industry, and will the ever-growing threat of terrorism and war ultimately herald a decline in the degree of openness of architecture to all?

Alejandro Aravena
Curator of the Biennale Architettura 2016, Chile
How might the issue of security impact the future of architecture as a discipline?

Jonathon Ledgard
Director Future Africa Initiative at EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland
What are the risks and challenges of using a technology developed for warfare when applied for humanitarian purposes?

Milinda Pathiraja
Robust Architecture Workshop, Sri Lanka
How could military knowhow be re-oriented to positively impact the cause of sustainability?

Robert Mardini
Regional Director of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the Middle East
How can a sustainable future for populations plagued by war and violence be ensured?

Moderated by Rolf Soiron, Chairman of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, Switzerland

Reporting from the Front: Sustainability vs. Security
Friday, November 25, 17:00 at La Biennale di Venezia, Teatro Piccolo Arsenale (adjacent to the main entrance of the Arsenale exhibition area). The panel discussion is followed by drinks and snacks. Free entry.
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Cite: "Reporting From The Front: Sustainability vs. Security" 15 Nov 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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