London Festival of
Architecture 2024

The London Festival of Architecture is a month-long celebration of architecture and city-making, taking place every June across London. The Festival’s mission is to open up discussions around architecture, test new ideas and uncover and promote new talent. The Festival is for anyone with an interest in London’s architecture and built environment, bringing together the public and the profession. This year, Holcim is holding a special panel discussion together with Zaha Hadid Architects to explore the intersection of architecture, innovation and sustainability.

  • Date:  1-30 June, 2024
  • Location: London, United Kingdom


Designing Sustainable Cities: Innovations in Digital Design, Construction, and Materials

Creating sustainable buildings involves minimizing the amount of materials while ensuring they last longer. This means creating buildings that are efficient to build, operate and dismantle, and making sure these spaces meet people's needs, are appealing, and can adapt over time.

Zaha Hadid Architects and sustainable building solutions company Holcim believe in meeting these challenges to create economically and ecologically thriving cities. Zaha Hadid Architects use the latest digital tools and techniques creating advanced designs, while Holcim's material innovations support efficient and circular construction.

  • Time and date:  18:00-20:30, 17 June
  • Location: Zaha Hadid Architects Gallery - 101 Goswell Road, EC1V 7EZ

Techniques like 3D Printing combined with digital design and engineering can help to achieve sustainable development. Together, they can help build the resilient cities the world needs in the next 25 years to provide shelter and infrastructure to support growing urban populations. 

Join us as our panel reimagines design, construction, and materials to reshape our cities for a greener future. 

The panel: 

  • Edwin Heathcote, Architecture and Design Critic at the Financial Times (Moderator) 
  • Shajay Bhooshan, Co-founder of Computation and Design research group at Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Nollaig Forrest, Chief Sustainability Officer at Holcim 
  • Hanif Kara, Co-Founder & Design Director at AKTII

As the meaning of sustainability expands to include the production, maintenance, and durability of a project, architects are looking to connect with manufacturers that can deliver meaningfully improved alternatives to conventional options. By collaborating closely with Holcim, architects can optimize designs, ensure product compatibility, and streamline the construction process to make their projects low-carbon and circular.

Nollaig Forrest| Chief Sustainability Officer Holcim

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