In 2008, the citizens of Zurich approved a referendum that set the goal of reducing energy consumption by each person from the current 6,500 watts to 2,000 watts by 2150. Smarter Living—The 2,000-Watt Society illustrates the impact of this significant goal by presenting the diverse range of design solutions underway. The exhibition is intended to give architects, developers and contractors the courage and desire to accept the 2,000-watt vision as a challenge for the design community. The18 case studies demonstrate different approaches to sustainable architecture – some with complex technical solutions and some with clever references to traditional construction methods. Whether small projects or large developments, retrofitted housing stock or new construction, these designs create a sustainable future for the city. In Switzerland, “Green” is no longer an option, it’s the Law!

The program brings together Swiss and New York architects and officials to examine the approach to implementing green design in Switzerland and New York, as well as Europe and the United States.

Introductions: Margaret Castillio, AIA, President AIANY; Umberto Dindo, FAIA
Richard Dattner, FAIA, Founder and Lead Designer, Richard Dattner & Partners Architects
Daniel Kurz, Building Department, The City of Zurich
Mathias Heinz, Partner, pool Architekten, Zurich
Laurie Kerr, AIA, Senior Policy Advisor on Buildings and Energy, Mayor’s Office, City of New York
Moderator: Stephan Tanner, AIA, Principal, Intep LLC, Minneapolis, MN

Smarter Living is brought to the United States by the U.S.-wide program ThinkSwiss – Brainstorm the Future in collaboration with Cleantech Switzerland and the City of Zurich.

The presentation of Smarter Living -The 2,000-Watt Society at the Center for Architecture was made possible by Umberto Dindo, Secretary, AIA New York Chapter and Think Swiss, an official program of the Swiss Confederation that promotes exchanges and shares know-how between the USA and Switzerland.

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