From 8. to 10. october The Yugoslav Film archive will host the Fourth International Congress "Sustainable Architecture - Energy Efficiency", which will cover important topics with a focus on sustainable, environmentally and energy efficient approach to architecture, using renewable energy sources, appropriate materials, modern technologies and construction systems. The grand opening of the Congress is scheduled for Friday, October 8 at 7 p.m. On this occasion, the architect spoke at a press conference at the Serbian Chamber of Commerce Vladimir Lovrić, President of the Organizing Committee of the Congress, Sinisa Mitrovic, Director of the Center for Circular Economy of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, architect Zoran Abadic, professor at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade, and Jugoslav Vlahovic, professor illustrator.

Architect Vladimir Lovrić, president of the organizing committee of the Congress, emphasized the importance of the topics that this year's edition of the Congress deals with: "The notion of sustainability has generally become important. It is not a forced term, but modern civilization and modern technology of the 20th century came to such a starting point with dirty technologies, and completely defeated their overall achievements. We are facing huge climate changes, but also changes in our lives, through a pandemic. Architecture can do a lot here through all aspects of sustainable architecture, which includes the use of natural materials, return to classical building systems, use of modern technologies and renewable energy sources, and through such aspects of reaching a sustainable approach to construction. 

"This great manifestation anticipates difficult times and treats the problem that modern civilization is facing, and the answers should certainly be sought through the affirmation of sustainable and energy efficient architecture." These are also the key words of this congress. They represent a signpost to creative and green technologies, open new visions of the future and build the present on a sustainable basis in every sense, 'concluded the President of the Organizing Committee of the Congress, architect Vladimir Lovrić, MA.

Sinisa Mitrovic, director of the Center for Circular Economy of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, opened the address of the conference participants on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce, saying: "This is a congress intended for creating and designing the future, so we are part of that potential." The concept of carbon neutrality has become globally binding, and Serbia has come a long way in the green transition and is now designing its regulatory framework. This year alone, a package of laws on climate change, a package of laws on renewable energy sources and energy efficiency followed. With its content, the Congress will practically offer a new creation of the future and a green transition in construction and housing in Serbia. "

Architect Zoran Abadić, professor at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade, said about the upcoming congress: “This is an opportunity to hear the principles and opinions of architects, authors and designers who work outside our borders. It's a great opportunity to find out how they actually implement the topic of sustainability and energy efficiency, and how they see it. " About the international architectural competition "Micro eco house 2021", Zoran Abadić added: "The topic of a small house is always current. There was a really good response and the works were good. It is an opportunity for architects and students to think once again and open the issue of revision of some principles of housing construction, and it seems to me that practicality is something that has been neglected. We come to the question of whether we need 100 square meters for living, or it is possible to reduce it to some measures that are now relevant, especially in this situation that has been going on for some time. "

Jugoslav Vlahović, professor illustrator, addressed the conference with the words: “We illustrators, cartoonists and designers are in the background here, but we contribute a lot to sending messages and their understanding and reading. I am interested in architecture, I follow it and I gladly respond to such actions and these topics. Graphic design and printing are a natural ally of architects, as well as painters, who participate in interiors and solving all spaces. The theme of the congress is extraordinary and should be promoted as much as possible. "

The congress includes appropriate lectures by 10 eminent architects of keynote speakers from 10 countries, exhibitions of architects and famous brands from tangential areas, workshops, forums and an exhibition of works, as well as awards to young architects and students at the international architectural competition "Micro Eco House 2021". 

Lecturers, authorities in these fields in the world, through recent projects and studies will bring closer to the domestic public world contemporary trends in architecture, design and visual arts in general, through an appropriate sustainable and environmentally friendly approach to creative processes and new methods in architectural design, using renewable energy sources, clean and energy efficient, green technologies, non-polluting and recycled materials.

 At the sponsor's exhibition, participants and visitors will have the opportunity to see new technologies, products and materials used in environmentally friendly, sustainable and energy-efficient architecture.

Within the Congress, two workshops will be held for students and young architects, one of which will be led by landscape architect and award-winning garden designer Kate Gould from England, while the second workshop will be led by Saša Begović, professor at the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb and founder of 3LHD .  

Lecturers at the Congress are: Kate Gould (Kate Gould Gardens, England), Dries Vens & Maarten Vanbelle (Vens Vanbelle, Belgium), Sonja Radović Jelovac (Studio Synthesis, Montenegro), Juri Troy (Juri Troy Architects, Austria), Saša Begović (3LHD, Croatia), Peter Kuczia (Peter Kuczia, Germany), Aljoša Dekleva (Dekleva Gregoric Architects, Slovenia), Mitesh Dixit (Domain, USA), Zoran Abadić (1X2Studio, Serbia) and Stefan de Koning (MVRDV, The Netherlands).

The congress is organized by the Association EKOKULT + and the Magazine for eco architecture and culture EKO KUĆA, in cooperation with the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Belgrade, Zagreb and Podgorica and with the co-financing of the Ministry of Culture and Information. 

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