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Architecture and Nature


Mario Cucinella, Édouard François, Stephen Kellert, William G. Reed

(Wednesday, April 23, 2014) “Green” architecture is often inspired by nature in its aesthetics, structures and processes. What should the next step be, for architecture and nature to really evolve together? Four members of the Montréal Space for Life International Architecture Competition jury come together for a fantastic opportunity to illustrate and enrich various dialogues between architecture and nature.

Italian architect Mario Cucinella is the force behind Building Green Futures, a non-profit organization created to promote sustainable architecture and renewable energy towards improving living conditions and access to essential services in developing countries.

Architect and urban planner Édouard François founded his own architecture, urban planning and design firm in 1998, which became Maison Édouard François in 2012. Among his achievements are L’immeuble qui pousse (Montpellier) in 2000 and Tower Flower (Paris) in 2004.

Yale University Professor Emeritus of Social Ecology Stephen Kellert is an expert in “biophilic design.” His work focuses on understanding the connection between nature and humanity with a particular interest in environmental conservation and sustainable design and development.

William G. Reed, a principal in the firms Integrative Design Collaborative and Regenesis, is an internationally renowned sustainable development proponent and expert. His work centres on creating the framework for and managing an integrative, whole-systems design process, with a view to improving the overall quality of the physical, social and spiritual life of our living places and the planet.

Presented in collaboration with the City of Montréal’s Bureau du design, this event is hosted by Anne Charpentier, Director of the Insectarium.

Note: Talks are given in either English or French, with simultaneous translation.

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