Watch Carbon Stories: Architects, let’s calculate and act on CO2 reduction!

Thursday 21 September GROUP A-CARBONLAB, International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) and KeileCollectief organize the 5th Carbon Stories debate titled ‘Architects, lets calculate and act on CO2 reduction!’ at the Keilepand. This evening MVRDV, Urban Climate Architects, GROUP A and la-di-da will share their journey towards decarbonizing their projects and debate how this will change their role as an architect. Register here.

As we have just experienced the warmest planetary June and July since weather reports have been documented, the urgency to mitigate climate change is literally palpable. It is of critical importance for the construction industry to understand its current CO2 emissions and its potential for reduction or even storage in climate positive projects. What are the methods architects use for calculating CO2? How does it (re)define their role in relation to other stakeholders?

Keynote Sanne van der Burgh, associate director and head of MVRDV NEXT will share MVRDV ‘s research on the possibilities of CO2-reduction and what carbon based design could mean for architects. Willem van Genugten, sustainable business developer at GROUP A and driver of CARBONLAB, Tim Vermeend, creative director at Urban Climate Architects and Diederik de Koning partner at la-di-da will share their journeys towards decarbonizing their projects and how they see their role in the construction industry.

How to achieve a fundamental understanding of carbon based design in an era of urgency where every building, every ton of CO2 and every second counts? How to get from input to output in time to make a significant difference in projects’ CO2 reduction? What roles do the teams see for the architect in the trajectory of making Carbon Based design work and on which scale? These questions will be addressed in the debate ‘Architects, let’s calculate and act on CO2 reduction!’ that will be moderated by Geert Maarse.

Investors, contractors, suppliers, policymakers, designers, educators, students and designers are all invited to share and debate the do’s, the don’ts, lessons learned, availability and quality of data, calculation methods, roles and carbon based design guidelines.

Title: Architects, let’s calculate and act on CO2 reduction!
Date: 21 September 2023
Time: 19:30 – 21:30
Location: Keilepand
Language: English


Sanne van der Burgh – Associate Director | Head MVRDV NEXT | Architect
Sanne leads multiple teams within MVRDV, realizing projects of various scales, phases, and across several continents. Sanne’s strengths lie in integral project narratives with a focus on sustainability and innovation. With her personal fascination for computational workflows and methodologies, she championed MVRDV NEXT, an in-house R&D group that focuses on the development and implementation of cutting-edge technologies in MVRDV’s projects. The involvement of MVRDV NEXT has made complex projects such as the Floriade plant layout and the façade of Valley possible. Currently, MVRDV NEXT focuses on the development of visionary tools that help cities become more dense, more green, and more resilient. A dedicated advocate for environmental awareness in architecture, urbanism, and our daily lives, Sanne believes in the capacity of design to inspire and have a positive impact on people and their surroundings.

Willem van Genugten – Driver CARBONLAB and sustainable business developer at GROUP A Willem focuses on acquisitions in which sustainability is central from the beginning of the process. To accelerate the transition to climate-positive projects, Willem initiated the GROUP A CARBONLAB. This think tank connects research and knowledge networks with concrete projects to take steps, through Research by Design, towards an architecture and urbanism that serves as CO2 storage.

Tim Vermeend – Partner Urban Climate Architects
With Urban Climate Architects, Tim always designs in team context to improve inner city locations. They design on tasks where the healthy living environment, environmentally friendly solutions, biodiversity, bio-based building and social interaction are central. They solve problems or redefine space, structures and build an improved living environment. Urban Climate Architects specializes in scaling up with Biobased materials. This session will focus on how to get to a feasible spatial design as quickly as possible.

Diederik de Koning – Partner la-di-da
Diederik studied Environmental and Infrastructure Planning in Groningen (RUG) and Architecture in Delft (TUD). Together with Laura van Santen he runs his own architecture practice la-di-da with the ambition of building both ecologically and economically. In 2022 they won the Abe Bonnema Prijs for young architects for their work. He is a tutor at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, and is doing a PhD research at Delft University of Technology into prehistoric, historic and modern farm architecture.

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