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BBTalks 2018
BBTalks 2018

Barcelona Building Construmat Series, the new platform for debate and knowledge of Barcelona Building Construmat, the Fira de Barcelona building trade show, continues with its program of activities with the conference ‘Innovation and re-innovation: from cities to materials’ , which will take place on May 16 and where representatives of several cities, architects, sector start-ups and analysts from around the world will reflect on the impact of innovation in today’s cities, with many of them are already immersed in a process of both architectural and social renovation.

Under the curatorship of the prestigious architect Giovanna Carnevali and with the collaboration of Mobile World Capital Barcelona, the conference that will take place in the Conference Centre of the Montjuïc venue of Fira de Barcelona will feature four presentations by representatives of the city councils of Amsterdam, Munich, Pune (India) and Moscow, which will lead to discussion panels.

The director of Barcelona Building Construmat, Ione Ruete, said that “the conferences in 2018 are a prelude to the event that will take place in 2019 and that will insist again on the importance of commitment in the building sector to innovate on every angle, from materials to mobility, from construction systems, buildings, and infrastructures to urban spaces”.

In this sense, Ruete emphasises that the May conference “will welcome top level speakers that will talk about the way ideas, projects and materials are drawing the cities of the 21st century”.

After the presentation of the start-ups that participate in the competition that will reward the best entrepreneurial project in the field of construction, the morning session will be opened by the director of the Department of Social Housing in Amsterdam, Sabine Lebesque, who will speak about new innovation policies from the Dutch government in this area. In turn, the Head of the Department of Urban Planning of Munich, Klaus Illigmann, will speak about the importance of a coherent vision in city planning, from materials to the layout of city itself, using the Bavarian capital as an example.

The afternoon sessions will include the participation of the Managing Director of Development of Pune, Rajendra Jagtap, who will speak about the way the concept of smart cities can be a tool to improve housing construction, while the Director of Architecture and Urban Planning at Strelka, Moscow, Denis Leontiev, will speak about the influence of the regeneration of city public spaces on the quality of life of the inhabitants.

After each presentation, there will be a panel discussion with the participation of various experts and representatives of leading companies in the sector.