| architecture across continents

ACO and AIT-Dialog have been successfully launching a virtual tour of the world's seven continents inviting architects, urban planners, engineers and landscape architects to become part of " | architecture across continents".

Take part in our third live event this year on 7 October 2021 and look forward to exciting topics and interesting lectures from international speakers.

Internationally renowned architects and other experts present inspiring projects of different scales facing new conditions in urban environments and rural areas. With respect to the context, they respond innovatively, experimentally and sustainably at the global and local level to the consequences of change as well as to extreme challenges on site. Join us on this trip around the world!

If you would first like to read more about our past two events, please click here.

Keynote Speakers
(past October session)

Nader Tehrani

"In a world increasingly challenged by global warming, it is also clear that the construction industry is a major contributor to unsustainable carbon emissions. The identification of naturally renewable resources is a critical factor in determining a sustainable supply chain for the industry, and yet that cannot guarantee the role of architecture in the equation. This lecture will focus on the role of wood, adopted in its hybrid formats to contribute to the cultural and ecological equation in balance."

Lecture: The Woodpecker´s Delight

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Sinus Lynge
EFFEKT | Denmark

"The green transition ahead of us entails above all, a mind shift, rethinking our relation to the natural systems that sustain us, starting with the recognition that humans are a part of nature, rather than apart from nature. This entails a radically new perspective on the building industry reaching far beyond business as usual." In the past decade, Sinus Lynge and EFFEKT have explored how we will live, produce, consume and regenerate resources in our future buildings and cities. EFFEKT calls this transition "From Ego to Eco".

Lecture: From Ego to Eco

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Marko Dabrović
Studio 3LHD | Croatia

The renowned architects of 3LHD turn the visionary plans of entrepreneur, inventor and Rimac Automobili founder Mate Rimac into reality. Thus, on the outskirts of Zagreb, Croatia, the "Rimac Campus" is being built. For Rimac, the Croatian manufacturer of electric hypercars, it is to become a campus "built around the employee." How this idea took shape will be reported exclusively in a video by 3LHD partner Marko Dabrović!

3LHD/Rimac Campus 2021

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Manal Rachdi
OXO Architectes | France

"We believe that the most suitable projects for our time are those which are inspired by nature and which respect our environment. Global warming is an incredible opportunity to invent new resilient and innovative ecological architecture. We believe in livable, inclusive and green cities. We trust in an innovative, social and realistic architecture for a changing world. Our strength comes from strong believing in dreamscapes where the public realm is exciting again, where our buildings contribute in a smart way to the environment problematics. We believe that the best architecture must be a living ecosystem in harmony with the elements forming it, such as structure, technique and services, light and form, its integration to the context and landscape, the well-being that it provides and above all the meaning given to it."

Lecture: Nature, Architecture and Beyond

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Programme | architecture across continents

18:00 | Welcome & Introduction

18:05 | Nader Tehrani (NADAAA, US-Boston)

18:25 | Sinus Lynge (EFFEKT, DK-Copenhagen)

18:45 | Marko Dabrović (Studio 3LHD, HR-Zagreb)

19:05 | Manal Rachdi (OXO Architectes, FR-Montreuil)

19:25 | Dialogue with all speakers

19:45 | Conclusion & end of lectures and dialogue


Kristina Bacht

"The interplay of architecture and its context inspire me. In connection with current challenges, exciting questions arise for the future of building culture." (K. Bacht, AIT-Dialog)

  • After studying architecture and urban planning in the Netherlands and Chile, as well as working in various international architecture offices in the USA, Germany and the Netherlands, Kristina Bacht focusses on the mediation of architecture and related disciplines on a global and local level.
  • As curator, author, moderator and juror of numerous exhibitions, publications, congresses, conferences and workshops, as well as publishing director of AIT-Dialog with its own architecture galleries in Hamburg, Cologne and Munich, Kristina Bacht is a well-connected and well-known personality in the architecture scene.

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Thomas Bendixen

"Changing environmental influences present architects and the building industry with complex challenges. The event series gives us the chance to take a glimpse at future demands together thus be able to approach them now." (T. Bendixen, ACO)

  • Internationality is a central factor in Thomas Bendixen's life. After studying in the USA and Denmark, he has worked more than 20 years in market leading companies in the building material industry under Danish, German or French ownership.
  • As member of the Group management of ACO and CEO of the German business division, Thomas Bendixen takes a central role in the future-oriented change of our environment and understands how to motivate employees to drive this change as well as innovation.

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