Basic Needs: Proceedings of the Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction 2004

The Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction is a platform for architects and construction professionals to ex- change information on creating a sus- tainable built environment and thus advance sustainable development. At the first Forum the topics of sustain- ability, basic needs, and sustainable livelihoods were studied from various multicultural and interdisciplinary viewpoints. This publication documents the pro- ceedings of the first Forum, held in September 2004 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Switzerland. It summarizes the most important insights and recommenda- tions to arise from the workshops and discussions, and it seeks to capture the energy and the spirit of the Forum and its participants.