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Programme | 7 October 2021

Keynote: 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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Keynote: 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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Keynote: 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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ACO On Site: Rimac Campus
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 was reported exclusively in a video by 3LHD partner Marko Dabrović!.

LHD/Rimac Campus 2021

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Keynote: Nader Tehrani | NADAAA
USA | Boston

Lecture: "The Woodpecker´s Delight"

Nader Tehrani was born in London, UK, in 1963. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, US (Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1985 and Bachelor of Architecture, 1986) and Harvard University, US (Master of Architecture in Urban Design with distinction, 1991).

Together with Rodolphe el-Khoury, he founded the architectural firm Office dA in 1986, from which he retired in 2010. In 2011, together with Katherine Faulkner, he founded NADAAA, a multidisciplinary office dedicated to bridging the gap between different design disciplines: from landscape to urban design, from architecture to interior design, and from industrial design to furniture. NADAAA's work demonstrates a commitment to new forms of knowledge through design. With an eye toward integrated thinking, they enter into discourse about technology, aesthetics, and building protocols as part of a holistic process.

The firm has received numerous awards for its work, but as recently as 2020, Nader Tehrani himself was awarded the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his particular achievement in interpreting architecture as art. NADAAA's best-known buildings include the Melbourne School of Design, AU, the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto, CA, and MIT Site 4, US.

Nader Tehrani is currently the Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at Cooper Union, US. Previously, he was Professor of Architecture at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning from 2007 to 2015, where he also served as Head of the Department from 2010 to 2014. He has held other (visiting) professorships at the University of Melbourne, AU, the University of Toronto, CA, Harvard University, US, and the Georgia Institute of Technology, US.

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Keynote: Sinus Lynge | EFFEKT
Denmark | Copenhagen

Lecture: "From Ego to Eco"

Sinus Lynge studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture in Copenhagen, DK. Together with Tue Foged, he founded the architecture firm EFFEKT in Copenhagen, DK in 2007. EFFEKT is the Danish word for impact. It is a collaborative operating in the fields of architecture, urbanism, and research and currently employ 60 full-time staff.

EFFEKT's projects focus on social cohesion and vibrant city life, as well as smart solutions for energy consumption and sustainability. In no small part due to Sinus Lynge, the firm takes an empathetic and responsive approach to architecture that combines thorough analysis with playful design thinking. This is exemplified by a number of award-winning projects in architecture, urban design, and research.

For example, the latest successful projects include the concept for the Urban Villages Project - a new visionary model for the development of sustainable, affordable and livable housing in cities around the world. Similarly, the concept for ReGen Villages represents a pioneering model for the development of off-grid, integrated and resilient ecovillages that can independently power and feed families around the world. The project was first presented at the Biennale di Venezia in 2016 and gained wide international recognition.

Under the title EGO TO ECO, EFFEKT is also exhibited in the current Biennale di Venezia. The projects creates a fictional landscape of 1,200 living trees controlled remotely from denmark. The forest surrounds seven of EFFEKT’s projects, which help form a fictional landscape of living trees. „Our installation in venice showcases a series of ideas, concepts, strategies and designs for living and building, for producing, consuming and revitalizing the ecosystems we are part of and depend upon.“

In August 2021, EFFEKT has won a competition to design new headquarters for German publishing house Kieler Nachrichten in Kiel. Named KielHöfe, the 11,000-square-metre mixed-use building, will largely transform existing buildings with new spaces and will be built from timber.

In the fall 2019 semester, Sine Lynge taught a sustainable design course at the University of Washington.

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Keynote: Manal Rachdi | Oxo Architectes
France | Montreuil

Lecture: "Nature, Architecture and Beyond"

Manal Rachdi was born in 1978 in Morocco. From 1999 to 2005 he studied architecture and urbanism at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Nantes, FR. After graduating, he founded the architecture firm Off architecture in Paris together with Tanguy Vermet in 2006, from which he left in 2010.

Already in 2013 he founded his own office in Montreuil, FR with OXO Architectes. Manal Rachdi was able to combine in architecture his childhood dream of living in the forest with his passion for drawing: All his projects integrate large natural areas - terraces, indoor forests, green walls - to (re)introduce a piece of nature into cities.

Manal Rachdi embodies this young generation of architects who dare to disrupt the established order and combine strategic analysis, witty experimentation, social responsibility and humor in their work. His powerful and sensitive architectures propose new urban experiences and reflections on the living space of tomorrow. He uses nature and plants as materials and designs exceptional projects such as the residential tower "Arbre Blanc" in Montpellier with Sou Fujimoto and NLA Paris, FR, Balcon sur Paris, Villiers, FR with Kengo Kuma & Associates, XTU Architects, Stefano Boeri Architetti, Michael Green Architecture and KOZ Architectes or the project Ecotone Antibes, FR with Atelier Jean Nouvel and l'agence Foussat Bapt.

In 2007, Manal Rachdi was an assistant professor at the Versailles School of Architecture.

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ACO on site
Rimac Campus - innovative ideas need inspiring spaces to come alive

About the project

Born in 1988 as the son of Croatian construction workers, Mate Rimac always had a fascination for cars and their technology. After winning many international school competitions and registering already two patents at the age of 17, a 21-year-old Mate Rimac founded his company Rimac Automobili in 2009 while still at university. In little over a decade, Rimac Automobili has grown from one man in a garage to a 1000+ people technology powerhouse. Today, Mate Rimac is set to build the most inspiring and thought-out campus just on the outskirt of Zagreb/Croatia designed to house 2500+ employees.

Across 200,000 square meters, the Croatians are planning a futuristic campus with Production, Research&Development Center and Administration buildings seamlessly integrated. Renowned Croatian architects from 3LHD are providing the design for Rimac global headquarters in Kerestinec on the outskirts of Zagreb.

The striking new complex, with two separate buildings for Research&Development and Production, will be located amid natural environment and will feature many innovative elements. These include on-site organic food production, a test track, a battery testing and production facility, a hyper-car production line, a command center, and relaxation lounges for employees and even native sheep. The built-up area is 100,000 square meters.

The Rimac Campus will be built in two phases, and the complex is expected to be 200 million+ Euro investment. Construction work on the new site will begin this year. The completely climate-neutral production facility will open in 2023: "The campus is our springboard for the growth plans we have for the next decade and beyond. It strengthens us as a niche manufacturer of hypercars, as a leading Tier 1 supplier of electric power technology to the world's largest automakers, and as a pioneer in autonomy and autonomous mobility", explains Mate Rimac. Collaboration with automakers Porsche and Hyundai is also expected to help. Offices and premises of Greyp - a manufacturer of electric bicycles founded by Mate Rimac, too - will also be located on the campus.

A joint venture called Bugatti-Rimac is to be established before the end of the year 2021. The Rimac Group will take a majority stake of 55 percent in VW's noble Bugatti brand, while the VW Group will hold the remaining 45% in the new company via Porsche. According to Porsche, the main aim is to combine Bugatti's expertise in the hypercar business and Rimac's innovative strength in e-mobility. Mate Rimac sees the announced acquisition as a "really exciting moment." "Together, we are combining our knowledge, technologies and values with the aim of creating very special projects in the future," says the Croatian, who will also head the new joint venture. The formation of the new company is still subject to regulatory approvals.

Speaker: Marco Dabrović | Studio 3 LHD
Croatia | Zagreb

Marko Dabrović was born in 1969 in Dubrovnik, Croatia. He studied architecture at the University of Zagreb. In 1991 he founded rna studio for computer generated 3D visualizations. His main interest is the application of new technologies and materials in architecture, always exploring new possibilities for experimentation.

In 1994, together with Saša Begović, Tatjana Grozdanić Begović and Silvije Novak, he founded the architectural firm 3LHD, which is particularly interested in the integration of architecture, art and (urban) landscape. They take an integrative approach to their projects and believe that architecture is not only functional, but must respond to many other aspects. In their work, 3LHD combine realities and parameters that they have chosen themselves, but also those that have been set from the outside, while modifying the opinions of different people they involve in the planning process.

In 2020, 3LHD received the annual Viktor Kovačić Award of the Croatian Association of Architects for the reconstruction of the old Urania Cinema in Zagreb, HR. Also in 2020, 3LHD presented a study for the urban revitalization of the approximately 45-hectare Gredelj zone. This abandoned industrial area not far from the center of Zagreb offers the opportunity to solve one of Zagreb's biggest urban planning problems - the disconnection between the north and the south. Most recently, 3LHD planned a futuristic campus for electric sports car manufacturer Rimac on the outskirts of Zagreb. The sustainability concept for the campus combines modern technology and natural energy resources and features numerous innovative elements.

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