Attached below you'll find the March newsletter that was distributed to iiSBE members, plus an useful outlook at several events of interest that will take place in the upcoming months.
We are happy to be able to bring you an offer for a major and very interesting new book on aspects of urban sustainability: Cities and forms - On sustainable urbanism. The principal author for this very content-rich volume of 543 pages is Serge Salat, head of the CSTB Urban Morphology Lab in Paris and also Chair of iiSBE's urban working group.
The book has a somewhat unusual history: it was written and produced as part of a large China-France cooperation project, and the work has therefore benefited from major financial support. This circumstance has allowed a very reasonable price despite high production values. For iiSBE members, the price is further reduced to 65 € (about $90 USD), including shipping of the 2.6 kg. volume.
We will be soon bringing you a full review of the book, but in the meantime here are some brief notes.
One strong element is the very interesting comparative morphological studies of major cities in several continents, all carried out on a 400 x 400 m or 800 x 800 m grid, leading to discussions on efficiency, densities, circulation and connectivity... also, a very satisfying attack on Le Corbusier. Other sections deal with underlying mathematical structures, climate change resiliency and urban assessment.
This is not just a pretty coffee-table book; it is massively content-rich and should be a priority purchase for anyone doing urban research.
If you need to update your iiSBE membership, you will find forms right here on the website.
On February 8th and 9th, iiSBE held three meetings in Barcelona. 20 members of iiSBE attended, including many European members and also Vanessa and Maristela Gomes from Brazil.
The meeting on the 8th focused on the Academic and Research Forum, and was chaired by Ronald Rovers. The current core document describing the initiative was reviewed and updated, and several management decisions were taken. The website for Forum members is currently being finalised and it was announced that the initiative will be formally launched when 8 member organizations have made written commitments.
The first meeting on the 9th concerned the IMoSB (International Masters for SB) project and was chaired by Luis Bragança, who is head of the group as well as being President of iiSBE. Discussions covered the establishment of an external review group, a simplification of the scheme for the attendance of students at the four partner universities, and a reduction of the originally anticipated 90 ECTS academic units to 60. Luis Bragança also proposed to launch a doctoral program in parallel and this was accepted. Antonin Lupisek (CZ) suggested that we should find more private corporations to join as associate members.
The rest of the 9th was devoted to a review of the various technical projects that have been undertaken by iiSBE. Giulia Barbano of iiSBE Italia presented two initiatives: an on-line training international SB program that will be launched later this year, and an urban assessment tool that is being developed in cooperation with Serge Salat, who heads the Urban Morphology Lab in Paris. This is a funded project and the project is due to be completed by the end of the year. The concepts developed in the project will be presented at a conference in Trondheim during Jun and another workshop in Maastricht in October.
NL presented an outline of the SBTool for 2012, which is now complete. The system is scalable from a maximum scope of 100+ criteria, down to as few as a dozen, and it provides generic criteria for Design, Construction and Operations phases. There is a separate module for assessment of project sites. The work will henceforth be managed by Manuel Macias at UPM Madrid. The system will be mounted on the iiSBE website for feedback by potential users.
Nils Larsson also presented the status of the Synergy Zone project, which outlines approaches to maximizing efficiencies in neighbourhood-scale services. This project is now at a stage where further work required funding and a pilot project site. Larsson also presented the status of the work on Sustainability of Very Tall Buildings, which is now looking for partners to develop the concepts outlined in the work plan.
Finally, Charles Kibert joined the meeting by Skype from University of Florida. He is currently building membership in his group and expects to hold a meeting by mid-year.
--- Update: Presentations for download - see attachments. ---
Helsinki Workshop on SB Assessment Methods and Tools Sponsored by iiSBE and Formas was held from 12:00 to 18:20 on Monday, 17 October.
More detailed information coming soon - stay tuned and check this post for workshop presentations later on.
During last week's highly successful SB11 conference in Helsinki, iiSBE held its traditional SBChallenge - a collection of projects from all over the world.
Twenty-five projects from thirteen countries have entered the SBChallenge, and have provided a full paper, Key Performance Indicators and a video presentation.
This material is now available at http://sbchallenge.iisbe.org
Just few moments ago the world Sustainable Building Conference SB11 Helsinki was officially opened.
An overview of upcoming conferences.
Update Nils Larsson 20110907.
iiSBE partner BRI journal has just published two special issues:
BRI special Issue: Deconstruction, demolition and destruction
Guest editors: André Thomsen, Frank Schultmann, Niklaus Kohler
BRI July-Aug 2011 vol 39-4
BRI special issue:Motivating stakeholders to deliver environmental change
Guest editor: Raymond J. Cole
BRI Sep-Oct 2011, vol 39-5
In the attached August 2011 update you will find the following information:
Three iiSBE Meetings linked to the SB11 World Conference:
- Focused workshop on SB assessment methods and tools
- Sustainable Building Challenge
- Annual General Meeting
SB travels in Germany
Preliminary selection of the site for the SB14 World Conference, and review of proposals for SB13 national conferences
Special Issues from BRI