01-10-2021

The themes of COP26 at Resilient Communities, Italian Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia

Alessandro Melis,

Venice, Italy,

Venice Biennale, Iris Ceramica Group,

From October 5 to November 16, the Italian Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of the Biennale di Venezia presents 4 webinars dedicated to the themes that will be the subject of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties, also known as COP26, scheduled to be held in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12. The events, promoted by the Iris Ceramica Group as part of the "Resilient Communities" Italian Pavilion and organised by The Plan magazine, will feature important international guests, to be introduced by architect Alessandro Melis, curator of the Italian Pavilion.



The themes of COP26 at Resilient Communities, Italian Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia

Adaptation, transformation and resilience to redesign the structure of cities and the spaces between them, finding effective solutions to tackle climate change and reverse its menacing paradigm. These are precisely the themes that will be covered from October 5 to November 16 in the four webinars promoted by the Iris Ceramica Group, as part of the "Resilient Communities" Italian Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of the Biennale di Venezia and organised by The Plan magazine.

A programme that offers important contributions – from an architectural point of view – to the pressing and urgent issues that will be addressed during the upcoming 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties – also known as COP26 – scheduled to be held from October 31 to November 12 in the United Kingdom, in partnership with Italy. COP26 is seen by many as the last opportunity to change course and adopt solutions that can keep the devastating consequences of climate change at bay. A scenario that clearly illustrates the importance and urgency of the issues addressed in the four webinars and a proposal that has found valid support in the Iris Ceramica Group, the main sponsor of the Italian Pavilion and a sensitive company with a long and deep commitment to environmental sustainability. Continuing along a path begun 60 years ago and whose philosophy is embodied by the Ecology = Economy equation coined by its founder, the Group has demonstrated the results achieved in the economic, social, environmental and governance fields, choosing independently to draw up a Sustainability Report to communicate the guidelines adopted with regard to social responsibility and sustainability policies.

The webinars will be accessible for free on a dedicated platform subject to prior registration. The prestigious international guests who will take part in the webinars will be preceded by introductions from architect Alessandro Melis, curator of the Italian Pavilion, who will cover aspects related to architecture, and by Professor Roberto Buizza, physicist and mathematician at the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, who will focus on climate related aspects. The discussion will be moderated by Nicola Leonardi, managing editor of The Plan magazine.

Webinar calendar:

Architecture and Mitigation - October 5 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Architectural design and urban planning may well be one the biggest causes of the current environmental crisis. Indeed, one just needs to consider the emissions related to the use of buildings, as well as transport-related emissions, which are a direct consequence to the way we design our cities. By paying close attention to their design and acting in this regard, we can significantly mitigate the effects.
Speakers: prof. Simona Bordoni (Università di Trento), prof. Christian Pongratz (Senior Advisor to the Provost and Professor of Architecture at the NYIT – USA), prof. Mario Losasso (Università di Napoli), prof. Richard B. Rood (University of Michigan, Ann Arbour; NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal and NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal), arch. Simone Sfriso (TAMassociati).
For information and registration

Architecture and Adaptation - October 19 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Adaptation and resilience are essential characteristics for cities to support human activities, despite the continued occurrence of extreme events attributable to climate change. The resilient community must therefore acquire the capacity for transformation and adaptation to redesign the structures of cities and the spaces between them.
Speakers: dr. Alyssa Gilbert (Director of Policy and Translation at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College London, UK), prof. Winka Dubbeldam (Founder of ArchiTectonics and Architecture Chair, University of Pennsylvania), prof. Maria Perbellini (Dean, New York Institute of Technology).
For information and registration

Climate change and creativity - November 2 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
A trans-disciplinary, visionary and radical approach, together with a "backbone of creativity" are precisely the elements needed to challenge the status quo and fuel the imagination of the new generations of architects, to tackle climate change and reverse humanity's current course taken since the industrial revolution.
Speakers: prof. Roman Frigg (London School of Economics, UK), prof. Ed Keller (Director of the Centre for Transformative Media at The New School and Associate Professor at Parsons The New School for Design), prof. Telmo Pievani (Università di Padova), prof. Catherine Venart (Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada), prof. Giuseppe Longhi.
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Architecture and integration - November 16 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Intrinsically ecological architectures or those in which technological devices are integrated to mitigate the effects on the ecosystem. Prototyping and experimentation allow new and innovative approaches to create architectures that blend harmoniously into a landscape continuum with the environmental context.
Speakers: dr. Erika Coppola (International Centre for Theoretical Physics, ICTP, Trieste), prof. Thomas Auer (Transsolar, TU Munich), prof. Stefano Mancuso (Università di Firenze), prof. Ingrid Paoletti (Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Architettura, Ingegneria delle Costruzioni e Ambiente Costruito).
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