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Towards sustainable neighbourhoods

Towards sustainable neighbourhoods – beyond labels and certificates:  Creating the city of tomorrow

Campus Limpertsberg – Tuesday 9 Dec. 2014 Social Enterprise and Social Innovation Public lecture and Panel Discussion

Guest lecturer: Andreas HOFER

During recent years a range of exemplary housing projects were built in Zurich. Apart from offering new building typologies and deploying sustainable building technologies, these projects feature high quality ground floor spaces and landscape architecture, in search for more integrated neighbourhoods.  Most of these projects were built by cooperatives. These cooperatives today are very important for the social integration in a rich city, in continuation of their pioneering role in the twenties and thirties, when they brought new concepts as the «Garden City» and the modernist architecture to Zurich.

Besides technical innovations, as multi-storey wood constructions, building integrated photovoltaic and low energy concepts, social and economic issues play a key role. In a society where a majority of all flats are inhabited by single person households (mostly elderly people), new concepts beyond the traditional family oriented typologies are crucial.

Bigger projects as ‘Kalkbreite’ and ‘Mehr als wohnen’ combine these typological experiments into complex buildings with public and commercial functions and therefore try to become new nodes of solidarity and integration on a city scale

20:00-20:30   Panel Discussion


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