Foundations 2

Foundations 2 Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction The Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction is more than just an idea now: on September 16 and 17, 2004 it held the first Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction at, and with the cooperation of, ETH Zurich. 120 experts from around the world took part, showing that the importance of sustainability in construction is recognized everywhere, but there is a lack of concrete implementation in every part of the world. “To me, sustainability above all means harmony – between nature and humans, between today and tomorrow, between rich and poor countries, between west and east,” said Dr. Zhenyu Li of Tongji University, Shanghai during a coffee break. 120 women and men from 35 countries – scholars, architects, politicians, students – came together in Zurich to talk about sustainable construction in a friendly atmosphere. With this mix of people, it is easy to imagine how lively and emotional yet professional the course of the Forum was. Again and again, it became apparent that sustainability means something completely different in Africa, for example, and in Europe or Latin America – especially in relation to the central topic of the Forum, the connection between basic human needs and sustainable construction. Newspaper of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction for employees of the Holcim Group October 2004 2 World renown keynote speakers and their controversial opinions The future of sustainability: the enthusiasm of students 4 6 World class in Zurich: relaxed in tone, but committed to the cause Review from Professor Dr. Hans-Rudolf Schalcher Bringing people together at the Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction