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Smarter Living: The 2000-Watt Society, Panel Discussion and Exhibition Reception

October 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Reception and Exhibition viewing: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Introduction: Monica Ponce de Leon, Dean and Eliel Saarinen Professor of Architecture, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Opening Remarks: Martin Bienz, Consul General of Switzerland

Panelists:

  • Jan K. Culbertson, AIA LEED AP BD+C, GGA
    Senior Principal, A3C – Collaborative Architecture
  • Lars Graebner
    Assistant Professor of Practice in Architecture, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Lars Junghans
    Assistant Professor of Architecture, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Stephan Tanner, AIA
    Principal – Integrated Planning LLC

Moderator:

  • Geoffrey Thün
    Associate Professor of Architecture, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

About the Exhibition:
Organized by the City of Zurich, Switzerland, the Smarter Living: 2000 Watt Society exhibition won the 2010 European Design Award. It is sponsored by ThinkSwiss – Brainstorm the Future, in collaboration with Cleantech Switzerland and the City of Zurich under the direction of the Swiss Embassy in Washington, D.C.

In 2008, the citizens of Zurich approved a referendum that set a goal of reducing energy consumption by each person from the current 6500 watts to 2000 watts by 2050. The exhibition illustrates this goal and the current status of the path to it in sustainable construction, as well as demonstrating the diverse range of possible solutions. Eighteen projects of varying sizes show different approaches to sustainable architecture with complex technical solutions and clever references to traditional construction methods.

The traveling exhibition Smarter Living: The 2,000-Watt Society is brought to the United States by the U.S.-wide program Think Swiss – Brainstorm the Future in collaboration with Cleantech Switzerland and the City of Zurich.

ThinkSwiss is an official program of the Swiss Confederation under the auspices of Presence Switzerland, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the Swiss State Secretariat for Education and Research. As a leader in science, research, and technology, Switzerland works with its U.S. counterparts to address the challenges of sustainability and find solutions that benefit our world.

Details

Date:
October 9, 2012
Time:
5:00 pm