Invited Keynotes

Publikacja (1)-12.jpg1 – Yona Friedman (France):
Topics: 1-8
Title: Conversation with Yona Friedman, Visionary Architect – Town Planner
(filmed interview)

Publikacja (1)-13.jpg2 – Kazuo Iwamura (Japan):
Topics: 1, 8
Title: Integrated Resilience of Urban Built-Environment

Publikacja (1)-14.jpg3 – Carlo Ratti (USA):
Topic: 7
Title: A New Mobility Paradigm

Publikacja (1)-15.jpg4 – Nils Larsson (Canada):
Topic: 4
Title: International actions to reduce green-house gas emissions in the built environment

Publikacja (1)-16.jpg5 – Takashi Ikegami & Olaf Witkowski (Japan):
Topic: 3
Title: How do we live in a Society with Artificial Life Systems?

Publikacja (1)-19.jpg6 – Jiri Tencar & Clément Imbert (Czech Republic & France):
Topics: 4, 5
Title: Identifying and fighting urban heat islands

Publikacja (1)-17.jpg7 – Marc Luyckx-Ghisi (Belgium):
Topic: 2
Title: Redefining architectural Beauty in a post industrial sustainable civilisation

Publikacja (1)-18.jpg8 – Serge Salat (France):
Topic: 1
Title: The urban fabric of historic urban areas as a lesson for sustainability

Publikacja (1)-20.jpg9 – Li Mei Tsien (Belgium):
Topics: 1, 2, 8
Title: Reconfiguration of the Fontainas neighbourhood in the heart of Brussels

Publikacja (1)-21.jpg10 – Ronald Rovers (Netherlands):
Topics: 1, 3
Title: The Urban island: A survival strategy /survival city

Publikacja (1)-25.jpg11 – Ahmed Z. Khan (Belgium)
Title: Sustainable Design for Cities of the Future

Publikacja (1)-22.jpg12 – Francis Metzger (Belgium)
Topic: 2
Title: The recycled city

Publikacja (1)-23.jpg13 – Jan Kubec (Poland)
Topic: 8
Title: Infrastructural Architecture of the Landscape

Publikacja (1)-24.jpg14 – Michal Stangel (Poland)
Topics: 3, 8
Title: Applying sustainable urbanism in various scales: three case studies from Poland

Keynotes biographies

1 Kazuo Iwamura, founded AG5 in Darmstadt, Germany (1977). IWAMURA Atelier Inc. in Tokyo (1980), specialised in the holistic sustainability of architectural and urban design. Many awards: UN World Habitat Award 2001, AIJ Prize 2003 and JIA Environmental Architecture Prizes. Also he wrote 17 books. Professor at Tokyo City University.

2 Carlo Ratti, architect and engineer practices in Italy and teaches at the MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. ‘Digital Water Pavilion’ (World Expo 2008), which was hailed by Time Magazine as one of the ‘Best Inventions of the Year’. Currently serving as Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Future Cities.

3 Nils Larsson, architect and Executive Director of the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE). He is principal developer of the SBTool. He represents four international partners (CIB, iiSBE, UNEP and FIDIC) in managing an international series of regional and global conferences on sustainable built environment, and serves on the scientific committees of five of them.

4 Takashi Ikegami, Professor at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo. Working in the field of artificial life for more than 20 years. He developed through the study of artificial life, such as „autonomy”, „enaction”, „sustainability”, and „evolvability”, several experimental and conceptual works, using chemical experiments, the internet web and some artworks.


Olaf Witkowski, EON Postdoctoral Fellow at the Earth-Life Science Institute (Tokyo Tech) and Visiting Member at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton). He is also a co-founder of YHouse — a nonprofit interdisciplinary institute focused on awareness, complex systems and AI. His research aims to understand the origins and underlying principles of cognitive life and future intelligent societies, using large-scale artificial life simulations, machine learning, and information and game theories.

5 Jiří Tencar, research Associate at University Centre for Energy Efficient Buildings at the Czech Technical University in Prague (ČVUT);  teacher at ČVUT and founder of ECOTEN in Czech Republic and Slovakia. He is head of development team of SBToolCZ. Jiri worked as advisor on sustainability on various projects. Since 2015, he has launched a research “Urban comfort” on dynamic simulations of microclimate within cities with the goal to mitigate Heat Island Effect.


Clément Imbert, specialist of urban micro climate in ECOTEN in the Czech Republic. Graduated at University of La Rochelle with master’s degree in thermal engineering, after experiences in thermal engineering offices, he joined ECOTEN to lead the research and development project focused on urban micro climate. Clement performs micro climate simulations with the calculation engine SOLENE-microclimat and city thermal maps using satellite data.

6 Marc Luyckx-Ghisi, mathematician, philosopher and writer. From 1990 to 1999, he was a member of the «Forward Studies Unit» of the European Commission created by Jacques Delors, when he was President of the Commission. Luyckx created the program „The Soul of Europe”, in 1996. He has published books in French English and Italian, describing the new civilisation created bottom-up by the citizen (Open Source.

7 Yona Friedman, was born in 1923 in Budapest; lives and works in Paris. Visionary architect, created Manifesto Architecture Mobile” and “Ville Spatiale”. Provided maximum flexibility through huge “superstructures” over existing cities, where future inhabitants are free to construct their dwellings within these structures.

8 Francis Metzger, Belgian architect. Architect office MA². Teacher of architecture at ULB. He currently works on various contemporary constructions and refurbishment of remarkable buildings.

9 Ahmed Z. Khan is Professor of Sustainable Architecture and Urban Design at the ULB, Belgium. He teaches Bioclimatic Design, Sustainable Design Studio, Theory of Architecture and Urbanism, including a seminar on Cities of the Future. Dr. Khan’s research activities (SAULab and DS2BE) focus on issues of Sustainability, Climate Change and Spatial Quality at different scales of the built environment with particular interest in exploring Sustainable Urban Futures. With 5 books and over 50 scientific publications, Prof. Khan has lectured extensively on issues of sustainable urbanism and ‘city of the future’ in the framework of ‘global ecological balance.’ He earned a PhD in Architecture, Urban Design and Planning from KU Leuven Belgium and held the prestigious AKPIA postdoc fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). On the professional side, Dr. Khan regularly advises city and state governments on sustainable architecture and urban development in Africa, Europe and South Asia.

10 Serge Salat, architect, urban planner and designer. References: Triennale di Milano, Centre Pompidou. Recognised in the field of urban morphology, urban policy and complexity science. Consultant for: the United Nations, World Bank, IPCC, CDC and AFD. As a project director, he supervised large projects such as international airports, high-speed train stations and Eco-cities. He is the author of two major books on urban morphology, published numerous peer-reviewed publications. He is a graduate of the École Polytechnique and of ENA, and holds 3 PhDs in Economics, Architecture and Art History.

11 Li Mei Tsien, architect and urban designer. Graduated cum magna laude in Civil Engineering/Architecture from the Université de Louvain, Recipient of the Rotary International scholarship, studied with honors, one year of Master In Urban planning at the National Taiwan University achieved Masters Degree at the AA London. Lecturer at Université de Mons and ISURU. Co-curator of exhibitions “Brussels/Shanghai : Architopia” and “Belgian Spirit” in Hong Kong. Co-founder of B612associates with Olivier Mathieu, their work as been published and presented nationally and internationally.”

12 Jan Kubec, architect and town planner, lecturer at Silesian University of Technology, since 1998 he has been running his own studio RAr-2 Laboratory of Architecture. His motto is architecture is an extension of the landscape. In this spirit, the most important of competition projects workshop: filling voids the city of Prague (special mention in Europan 7), restoration of the riverbank St. Laurent Québec (II prize in 2004), management hills Kakolanmaki in Turku, Finland (honourable mention 2004). Jan Kubec also in embodiments, is faithful to the landscape is approach – Copernicus Science Centre (2010) brings the Vistula to Warsaw.

13 Michal Stangel, urban designer, Vice-Dean at the Faculty of Architecture, Silesian University of Technology, Po-land. Received 25 prizes in design competitions, including 1st prize for Kraków – Nowa Huta of the Future. Author of three books. Previously worked for EDAW in London and was a Fulbright visiting scholar at MIT/SPURS.

14 Ronald Rovers, Speaker, writer, organiser of master classes, and researcher . Former Professor Sustainable Built Environment. Active in international projects and networks. Main aim is to explore closing cycles and a Zero impact built environment .  Founding Board member of iiSBE, international initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment, and organiser/chairman of the 1st World Sustainable Building Conference, in Maastricht in 2000.