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Taking Time Off the Drawing Board: Slow Architecture’s Contribution to Green Architecture

December 19, 2008
by Canadian Architect

This panel discussion takes place on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at the Goethe-Institut Montreal, as part of the “Language of Your Environment” series.


What is slow architecture and what are its links with green architecture? Is slow architecture necessarily green? Three renowned architects will reflect on these questions in the context of cultural exchange between Canada and Germany.


Michael Gies, a Fribourg-based architect considers that many of the projects he worked on follow the general philosophy of the “slow movement.” Slow architecture, or at least slowing the pace of the architects in the context of specific projects, can contribute to sustainable architecture.


Pierre Thibault, architect based in Quebec City, stresses that his work has been characterized by a deliberate choice to take time off the drawing board, to take his time in the choice and in the realization of projects. Some of his work has been praised as projects which follow the main precepts of sustainable architecture. This was the case of the recent Cistercian Abbey of Saint-Jean-de-Matha.


Stuttgart-based Dominique Gauzin-Müller, architect, author and journalist, will be moderating the discussion. Ms. Gauzin-Müller is a renowned European specialist in ecological architecture.


The event is organized in collaboration with the following partners: Quebec Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council, Mardi verts (Ordre des architectes du Québec), Laval University’s School of Architecture, and Archivision.


The Goethe-Institut Montreal is located at 2940 Chemin de la Côte-Ste-Catherine, and the event takes place in the Main Amphitheatre (Room 1120). The discussion will be conducted in French, and admission is free. Cocktails are at 5:00 pm, followed by the panel discussion: 6:00 pm.


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