The first INTBAU World Congress: Local Solutions to Global Challenges took place in London on 18th and 19th February 2015. Designed to build on INTBAU’s track record of international conference activity, the World Congress’ programme of special events attracted media and public attention to the individuals, businesses and communities around the world who work to create sustainable solutions to the modern challenges of urban life. INTBAU’s Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, hosted a report-back session to conclude the World Congress, which strengthened delegates’ and the INTBAU network’s commitment to further action.
The 2015 INTBAU World Congress was held in association with AkzoNobel, with generous sponsorship from the Blavatnik Family Foundation, and additional support from the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture and the Traditional Architecture Group.
People and communities were at the heart of the events which provided the opportunity for an international exchange of knowledge transcending the boundaries of style and place. The World Congress also provided a forum for discussion and debate on the expression of local identity, culture, and tradition in an age of advancing globalisation.
Delegates were drawn from across INTBAU’s international network, with representation also from multiple partner organisations. In addition, the World Congress attracted an audience new to INTBAU and its mission, to extend the dialogue on shared significant issues related to today’s built environment.
15 of INTBAU’s 22 international chapters were represented, with some of our key network partners travelling from as far as Afghanistan, Guatemala, and the Philippines.
World Congress Overview
The Congress was divided into three sessions, with each session treating a different theme: people, to open the Congress; education as the focus of the second session; and to conclude, sustainability.