EVALUATION OF SUSTAINABILITY or THE SECOND LIFE OF THE IOC HEADQUATERS
Organized by ARCHIZOOM & EPFL_EAST in collaboration with ROTOR Brussels
& AFF architects Berlin
’Reduce, reuse and recycle’ affects all levels in the economical, social and cultural spheres. On one hand it is a very personal statement – a maxim of sustainability and consciousness of our ecological footprint. On the other hand it serves as a label of qualification of production processes and products. In architecture this approach triggers concepts ranging from adaption to demolition of the built environment. Whenever existing facilities have to fulfil new requirements, interventions are necessary, such as reparation, addition, or even a new interpretation of the existing in order to assure continuity. By means of valuing what exists and by qualified and creative remodelling it is possible to express potential and qualities, as well as to provoke ideas for new solutions and scope for creativity. The existing building as inspiration for further development opens up new possibilities for architectural thinking and practice. We want to intensify this approach by means of a student workshop. The deconstruction of the IOC Headquarters offers a privileged case-study to evaluate contemporary strategies of sustainability in architecture. The spectrum of evaluation ranges from properties of materials and design, analyses of market potential and design examples of reusing matters to the development of a communication platform in order to create a market of users. The workshop will have a special focus on the potential application of reused materials for the Youth Olympic Games 2020 in Lausanne and the Vortex project.
For the workshop the EPFL-EAST invites ROTOR & AFF architects to share different practices and accumulated knowledge.