Shifting Perspectives

On 12/12/2017 the time was there: Our Congress “Shifting Perspectives” took place! After a year of preparations with an enthusiastic team of Built Environment students, we were proud of what we achieved. We composed a programme with lectures, debates and workshops to make sure that it would be an event that our visitors would not forget. Ruud Veltenaar started the day off with an inspiring lecture about the high-tech world around us. He made us think about what kind of radical things could be possible, now and in the future, with high-tech developments and products. Wessel van Beerendonk showed us how algorithms helped him with designing new office spaces and walls, in a structural way. The results were futuristic and beautiful to see, the possibilities seemed endless due to the algorithmic way of working. The most energetic lecture of the day was probably given by Marc Kushner, an architect and entrepreneur from New York. With humor and enthusiasm, he told us how he started off as an architect, how his online platform “Architizer” could help architects to find products that they needed during projects, and he introduced his project “Wendy” to us – an object that filtered pollution out of the air, and the story about how people became friends with it. Everybody in the room fell a little bit in love with Marc. The Congress took off into space with our keynote Bas Lansdorp, the CEO of Mars One. He shared his aspiration with us about flying to Mars and how he wanted to achieve this by 2031. At the end of the day we had a nice drink on Plaza with all visitors. We enjoyed the day and were happy to see that the visitors and speakers did as well. We are looking forward to the next Congress of the Built Environment!