How to achieve quality in the built environment: quality assurance tools and systems

04 05 2019
 Innsbruck   04/05 - 04/05/2019

On 4 May the Architects Council of Europe (ACE) is organising a public conference in Innsbruck (Austria) to examine the concept of quality architecture and discuss ways of assessing and ensuring that quality is actually achieved in the built environment.

 

Last year, European Ministers of Culture, along with other institutions and NGOs, highlighted in the Davos Declaration “a trend towards a loss of quality in … the built environment …  all over Europe”, characterised by “the trivialisation of construction, the lack of design values, … the growth of faceless urban sprawl and irresponsible land use, the deterioration of historic fabric, and the loss of regional traditions and identities”.

 

Yet, as stated in the Declaration, a high-quality built environment makes a “crucial contribution … to achieving a sustainable society, characterised by a high quality of life, cultural diversity, individual and collective well-being, social justice and cohesion, and economic efficiency”.

 

In November 2018, the Council of the EU decided to create an expert group on High-quality Architecture and Built Environment for Everyone under the 2019-2022 Work Plan for Culture 2019-2022. Experts designated by EU Member States will exchange best practices with respect to “multi-disciplinary and participatory governance models contributing to social inclusion and sustainable development of neighbourhoods”, putting the focus on “architecture as a discipline that encompasses the right balance between cultural, social, economic, environmental and technical aspects for the common good”.

 

We are happy to read such a quote from an official European institution and want to build on this.

 

The creation of this expert group represents a huge step forward for the architectural profession in Europe. The group shall start its work 2020, using the open method of coorindation (OMC) and this year should be used to define topics for its work. The Innsbruck conference aims to place one topic on the table.

 

The conference will aim to bring together architects, academics and experts from local public authorities, national governments and the EU institutions in order to discuss existing tools, policies and good practices that help to ensure that high-quality architecture is actually achieved in the built environment. In particular, the following questions will be discussed:

-What does high-quality architecture mean? How can it be defined? What are its main features?

-What tools and policies are needed at local / regional / national levels to assess and guarantee high-quality in the built environment?

 

Ultimately, this conference is designed to be a first opportunity to think about the key questions that the Council’s expert group will have to investigate and to place quality and quality assessment as an important topic for discussion.

 

The conference is open to the public on a first come first served basis. Please find below more information for registration.

  • Date: Saturday 4 May from 9h00 to 16h00
  • Venue: Faculty of Architecture, Technikerstrasse 15, Innsbruck (Austria)
  • Programme: Click here
  • Registration: Click here

The conference will be web-streamed on the ACE Website on the webpage (there is no need to register to follow online).

 

News published on Build Up Events
Consult the source


Moderated by : Clément Gaillard

Other news in "Agenda"

Conference on Smart and Sustainable Planning for Cities and Regions 2019 – DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Published 17 Jul 2019 - 09:39

SSPCR 2019 aims to answer the question on how can we maximize the impact of academic research, the scaling-up and replicability opportunities of pilot projects, and the added value of local bottom-up initiatives, in relation to comp (...)

3rd Experts meeting of IEA EBC Annex 79 “Occupant-Centric Building Design and Operation”

Published 15 Jul 2019 - 11:42

As of June 2019, Annex 79 has been approved for a three-year working phase! The first meeting of this phase will take place in Perugia Italy on Sept. 9-10, 2019 As building envelopes and mechanical and electrical equipment become (...)

Final Conference of EPATEE What can we learn from existing evaluation practices?

Published 12 Jul 2019 - 11:47

EPATEE (Evaluation Into Practice to Achieve Targets for Energy Efficiency) is an EU funded project which aims at giving EU Member States tools and knowledge for a better evaluation of their own energy efficiency policies. This proje (...)


Comments


  • Published on 04 Apr 2019 - 12:25 GMT
    by Build Up|International
    Viewed 566 times
  •   Agenda
  •  Innsbruck   04/05 - 04/05/2019



Search through the news

Enter your own key word



Other news



Categories


Most read articles