Climate-friendly building – «Constructive Alps» conference on Alpine Baukultur

The international architecture competition 'Constructive Alps' is celebrating its tenth anniversary. To mark the occasion, an online conference on sustainable renovation and construction in the Alps organised by the Swiss Presidency of the Alpine Convention was held on 9 and 10 June 2021. Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein have announced the sixth call for entries for the prize in October 2021.

View from the renovated Ortstockhaus
© Hannes Henz

More than a hundred participants from all Alpine countries took part in the two-day online conference. At the event, experts looked at architecture from the perspective of climate protection, self-sufficiency, spatial development, community and quality of life.

Dr. Ulrich Seewer, Vice Director of the Federal Office for Spatial Development ARE, opened the event by stressing the importance of a broad dialogue and a substantial exchange of knowledge for sustainable architecture. Werner Binotto, former cantonal architect of St. Gallen, Markus Hobi, head of the Salez Agricultural Centre, and architect Margrit Althammer explained how good buildings can be planned, built and run according to the principle of self-sufficiency. The sociologist Nicola Hilti, the architect Bernardo Bader and the mayor of Mäder (A), Rainer Siegele, discussed successful examples of new forms of housing and communal use of space as well as their social and ecological advantages.

Three virtual video excursions – to the newly built St. Ursula Community house in Brig, to the renovated Ortstockhaus in Braunwald and to the newly built St. Gallen Agricultural Centre in Salez - accompanied the speakers' presentations.

Book vernissage and sixth call for submissions

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of "Constructive Alps", the book "Bauen in den Alpen" was presented. It looks back at milestones of sustainable architecture in the Alps over the last ten years. The publication is published by Hochparterre and is now available both online and in bookshops. The publication is only available in German.

Dr. Ulrich Seewer closed the conference with the announcement of the sixth edition of "Constructive Alps", planned for October 2021.


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