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In March 2021 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".

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! Take part in our next live event in November 2023 and look forward to exciting topics and interesting lectures.

If you would like to read more about our last events first, take a look at our archive.


We are honored to announce Mario Cucinella from Mario Cucinella Architects in IT-Milan/Bologna and Zhang Ke from ZAO/standardarchitecture in CN-Beijing as our keynote-speakers.

At ACO On Site we present a current project by IAA Architecten from the Netherlands, where thanks to a blue-green infra structure and with the participation of ACO, the transformation into a climate-safe, sustainable and liveable urban space was successful including a short guest lecture by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Dickhaut from HafenCity University Hamburg. Register now to follow the inspiring lectures!

In the following, let us first introduce Mario Cucinella in more detail:

Mario Cucinella
Mario Cucinella Architects, IT-Bologna/Milan

For Mario Cucinella Architects sustainability is an exploration of an empathetic way to approach the design,
regeneration and renewal of our towns and cities from different perspectives.

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Programme | architecture across continents

17:00 | Welcome & Introduction

17:10 | Keynote 1

17:35 | ACO On Site

17:55 | Keynote 2

18:20 | Dialogue

18:30 | Conclusion & end of lectures

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The term "beyond" doesn't just mean apart or away from but can also be applied to architecture. What we are referring to is a building culture that breaks new ground beyond norms and standards and away from the mainstream, while at the same time focusing on social relevance and current and local conditions - architecture that connects.

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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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