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

Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction 2004 1
Sustainability through innovation – Foreword by Markus Akermann, Chairman of the Holcim Foundation 10
Good architecture and good policies – Introduction by Claude Fussler, Advisor on business innovation and sustainability 15
Welcome to contested territory – Keynote speech by Rt. Hon. Simon Upton, Chairman of the OECD Round Table on Sustainable Development 25
Building is one of the world’s most important activities – an interview with Dr. Klaus Töpfer 49
The power of small changes – Story of the microcredit introduced in Bangladesh by Muhammad Yunus 57
The Grameen House – Four posts, a roof – and lots of personality 79
Long-term is not the same as sustainable – Radical visions of architect Winy Maas 91
Harmony between the natural and the man-made – Interview with architect Eduardo Souto de Moura 103
The inspiration of the next generation – Designs for sustainable construction by students from five continents 127
Ways to meet society’s basic needs – Aspects of sustainable construction studied in working groups: 145
Invisible yet sustainable 145
The social walls of gated communities 149
Are we prepared for shrinking cities? 155
The forgotten richness of marketplaces 161
Sustainable construction: A tool for education 167
A world under continuous construction – Case studies from Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, India, and South Africa 187
From ideals to reality – Panel discussion on drivers, barriers, and better policy frameworks for sustainable construction 199
The Holcim Forum 2004 207
Sustainable construction: Time to act 207
Relaxed in tone, committed to the cause 213
The benefit is the exchange among participants – Interview with Hans-Rudolf Schalcher 215
Index of persons 223