Conference by Harald N. Rostvik

On 18th November, the ETSAB received a visit from the Norwegian architect Harald N. Rostvik, lecturer at the School of Architecture of Bergen (Norway).

The conference was organised in collaboration with the Master’s Degree in Architecture and Sustainability and the IREC, within the framework of the European project AIDA.

Rostvik is a pioneer and visionary in the field of sustainable design. He has been working in this area since 1977 and has projected buildings, communities and systems of transport in various European countries and also in Mali (Western Africa) and Sri Lanka (Asia).

He was also a pioneer in the well-known proposal for the International Solar Energy Society (ISES). As president of the Norwegian section, he formed an alliance with Eurosolar at the United Nations Conference of 1992, held in Rio, in order to get the subject of Energy treated as a separate theme in the Rio Conference negotiations. At that time, energy did not even appear as a separate issue in the order of the day and the majority of people and institutions openly ridiculed the potential of solar energy.

Under the title of “the buildings and communities of the future: low energy consumption, zero or more, – what should we aim for?”, he showed us examples of his projects and presented his reflections, questions and possible answers relating to the work of architects faced by the challenge of climatic change.