Conference date : 2nd - 4th December 2009
Conference Venue : Grand Mercure Fortune
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Bridging Innovation, Technology and Tradition:
Holistic approaches to (rapid) sustainable architecture and environment
The International Network for Tropical Architecture (iNTA) was established in 2004 as an attempt to create a network between the architectural profession and related fields. The first iNTA conference was held in Singapore in the same year to provide a platform for researchers and practitioners in tropical and subtropical regions to communicate with one another. It raised questions and awareness in architecture and urban design in the tropics. The second iNTA conference was held two years later in Indonesia and followed up on issues raised in the first conference as well as having focused on the issue of maintaining harmony in culture and nature.
In 2003, the 1st International Conference on Sustainable and Green Architecture (SEGA 01) was organized in Thailand. Its outcomes indicated that long term sustainable development can only be achieved if sustainable energy and green architecture are considered together.
In order to continue the aims of iNTA and to promote emerging technologies and innovation, the third iNTA conference will be a collaboration between iNTA and SEGA. The upcoming iNTA / SEGA event will take place in November 2009, and will encourage people from diverse disciplines to meet, share their experiences, and to give new perspectives in sustainability for built environments. It will aim to address a significant challenge for tropical environments: how to be innovative in order to keep up with rapid developments, while preserving traditions for sustainable architecture and environment. The goal is by bridging innovation, technology, and tradition, new opportunities will emerge for these aspects to coexist, interrelate, and to work together for a more sustainable future.
Innovation, Technology and Tradition
In every part of the world, changes are inevitable. Many countries, especially those in the tropics, are facing rapid changes due to local and international forces. Climate change, resource exploitation, economic growth, cultural diversity, social values, technology breakthroughs and many other factors, either controllable or uncontrollable, contribute to changes in architecture and environment.
In the past, tropical architecture was influenced by beliefs, religions, or even imposed by colonial styles from other countries. Today, these aspects have become what we call “traditions”. These traditions are facing challenges brought by increasingly competitive market forces. Do the needs of modern lifestyles contradict traditions? Does the desire for new technologies and what we now call “innovations” in building technology conflict with past practices and customs?
This gap between tradition and innovation will be one of the significant themes that this conference will address in relation to sustainability. Many questions arise: how can we be innovative to overcome environmental constraints for a good quality of life? How to maintain traditions that are a vital part of tropical communities? How to reinvent traditional technologies into sustainable and innovative practices?
Time is also another issue. “If there’s no action before 2012, that’s too late. What we do in the next two to three years will determine our future.” These are the words of Rajendra Pachauri, the economist/scientist heading the Nobel Prize-winning United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, when he spoke in his committee’s summary findings issued to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on November 17, 2007. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) also outlined in their white paper titled ‘Architects and Climate Change’ the importance of buildings as the single largest contributor to climate change. Given that building sectors and urban agglomerations in many tropical cities are growing at a high rate, is it possible to rapidly achieve sustainability along with this growth?
By considering that sustainability is a part of a long tradition of people’s efforts to live comfortably within their environment, this conference could be a beginning of the journey to search for ways to bridge the gap between innovation, technology, and tradition for sustainable architecture and environment.