Foundation 23 - Re-materializing Construction

13 essentially scaled to the individual, not to the motor vehicle.” The architect then gave a corroborating overview of a project planned for La Punt, a Swiss alpine village. The planned multipurpose center for work, retail shops, gastronomy, and seminars employs time-honored massive masonry walls with recessed windows, an architectural feature that has proven to provide excellent thermal protection for many of the region’s historic buildings. Despite being constantly mindful of the past, Norman Foster never loses sight of the future. It comes as no surprise that he is collabo- rating with the European Space Agency to design a lunar base – to be built using 3D printers, construction robots and plenty of local material! Lord Norman Foster is Chairman and Founder of Foster + Partners, based in London, United Kingdom. Foster + Partners has an international reputation for pioneering sustainable approaches to architecture through a strik- ingly wide range of work. The firm’s projects include the New German Parliament, Berlin; Hong Kong International Airport; The Gherkin and Millennium Bridge, London; and Apple Campus 2, California. Since its inception in 1967, the practice has received more than 500 awards and cita- tions for excellence and has won numerous international competitions. In 1999, Norman Foster was Pritzker Prize Laureate (considered the “Nobel Prize for Architecture”) and was honored with a life peerage taking the title Lord Foster of Thames Bank. He leads the “Droneport” project that featured cement stabilized earth Durabric from LafargeHolcim at the Venice Biennale in 2016. “How could you regenerate an informal settlement from within, as an alternative to bulldozing? Could you respect the community fabric which exists within those settlements?” Norman Foster Norman Foster also wants to work on the moon with a local material: moon dust. The blue in the informal settlement in the lower part of the picture is not solar modules but plastic construction elements. An experiment shows that people perform better in work in green or super-green buildings. Crisis response Information usage Strategy Conventional Green Green+ Score (Normalised to Conventional)