Global thinkers in eco-design meet in London for annual Ecobuild exhibition


Today is the first day of this year's annual Ecobuild exhibition at ExCeL in London, featuring over 1,300 exhibitors in the fields of design, construction and the built environment. This year, the event will also host more than 130 seminars such as Where is the sustainable design zeitgeist? Anatomy of living roofs and walls, and Clean sweep with a new BREEAM and an extended list of conferences, including Ending our love affair with more, Can science save us? and Environmental leadership for a challenged world.

The Keynote address on the 2nd March will be delivered by celebrated architect-planner Sir Terry Farrell under the title Shaping a Sustainable London: The World’s First Industrial City to the World’s Most Liveable Metropolis. During his speech, Sir Terry will draw from his lengthy experience as a working architect in England’s capital in order to outline his future vision for TFP Farrells’ masterplan for the redevelopment of 77 acres of land in Earls Court.

British particle physicist, Royal Society University Research Fellow and television presenter Professor Brian Cox will also be on hand to announce the winner of a children’s competition which aims to improve the employability of young people. Inner Space 2050 challenged schoolchildren aged 11-12 to design a sustainable headquarters for the future ‘Global Government’ of an overpopulated planet in 2050. Professor Cox will also speak at the Can science save us? conference on Wednesday.

This year’s exhibitors include Bluebeam Software whose reps will be demonstrating how PDF editor Bluebeam PDF Revu has aided design and construction professionals in the mass reduction in paper usage by sharing, reviewing and annotating project drawings and documents electronically in PDF; ‘promising clean technology company’ Kebony, (who will be presenting with recently-announced UK distributor Brooks Bros) will be on hand to exhibit their award-winning sustainable substitute for tropical hardwood and preservative treated timber; and UK Trade and Investment (UKT&I) which will be hosting a series of events under the title Sustainable World 2011, bringing together a group of experts to provide an authoritative insight into the global opportunities presented to the UK’s world class infrastructure and sustainable transport sectors.

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