Ursula von der Leyen and Francis Kéré open the Bauhaus Earth conference


Ursula von der Leyen and Francis Kéré open the Bauhaus Earth conference

There “Rebuilding the future of people and the planet» Conference, moderated by Bauhaus Earth and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (APS), started at the Casina Pio IV in the Vatican Gardens. The conference opened with a speech by Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission. The broad program brings together renowned scientists, architects, spatial planners and policy makers to discuss transforming the built environment from a driver of climate and societal crises into a force for regeneration.

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The first day of the conference included a conversation between Francis Kéré, winner of this year’s Pritzker Prize, and Ursula von der Leyen at the MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Art in Rome. Guest speakers include Lesley Lokko, architect and curator of next year’s Venice Architecture Biennale; Shigeru Ban, winner of the 2014 Pritzker Prize; Bjarke Ingels and Wael Al Awar, winner of the 2021 Venice Biennale Golden Lion. ; Meeting the Challenges of the Bauhaus Land – Sustainable, Inclusive, Beautiful; From mining to gardening; natural and digital resources; and settle the unstable ones.

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Francis Kéré – Kéré Architecture. Image © Urban Zintel

The conference will address a major challenge of our time: avoiding climate collapse through the profound and rapid transformation of the global built environment. The construction sector can go from climate villain to climate hero, especially by switching to bio-based materials like wood and bamboo. This transformation will require unprecedented collaboration between the Global South and the Global North, the integration of advanced technology and vernacular knowledge, and the re-entanglement of nature and civilization in urban space. That’s why we bring together a superb diversity of experts from around the world and from all relevant disciplines. – Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founder of Bauhaus Earth


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The conference follows the launch of “Towards re-entanglement: a charter for the city and the land”, a Bauhaus Earth initiative set in motion at the MAXXI Museum. Written by eighteen scientists, architects and policy makers, the charter demands the transformation of the construction industry from a driver of the climate crisis into a regenerative force. Recognizing the grave threat of climate collapse and global mass extinction, charter signatories commit to the systemic transformation of our buildings and cities.

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Lesley Lokko AFRICAN FUTURES INSTITUTE SPEAKER SERIES. Image courtesy of the AFRICAN FUTURE INSTITUTE

Founded in 2019, Bauhaus Land is a non-profit organization based in Potsdam and Berlin. Its activity focuses on transformations in the construction sector that promote environmental preservation and systemic regeneration. Through extensive research, demonstration projects and policy advocacy, Bauhaus Earth aims to help create a built environment that better serves our planet and its people. The Lauds Foundation is a financial supporter and partner of Bauhaus Earth.

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