23,000 people turned up for the largest forum on Sustainable, Green Building that has ever been held in the world so far. Savener took part in several of the working groups that took place during the four days that the congress lasted for. Notable figures in the sector gave master classes and opened the debate about the latest strategies, solutions and challenges for a world in need of a Green Revolution that can lead us to what has been called Natural Capitalism. In an exceptional appearance, the 42nd President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton (Bill Clinton) gave a talk that opened the debate about his country’s strategic future and the need for a new more sustainable economy.
Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, and best-selling author. He runs ecological businesses and consults with governments and corporations on industrial ecology and environmental policy. Hawken’s books include the seminal works The Ecology of Commerce and Natural Capitalism, co-authored with Amory Lovins, which President Clinton called one of the five most important books in the world today. His newest book is Blessed Unrest, How The Largest Social Movement in the World Came Into Being, and Why No One Saw It Coming.
Thom Mayne, the 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, is one of the world’s most original and dynamic architects. With Morphosis, the design firm he founded in 1972, he constantly seeks new design challenges and strives to create architecture that surprises and inspires. Currently a professor at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, Mayne founded the influential Southern California Institute of Architecture and has taught at universities worldwide. Morphosis has received 25 Progressive Architecture Awards, 60 AIA Awards, and has been the subject of numerous monographs and exhibitions.