Report on SBE23 Asia-Pacific Shenzhen Conference

Dr. Greg Foliente represented iiSBE and the other SBE partners at the SBE23 Asia-Pacific Shenzhen Conference in the last week of November. The event focused on the aspirations, interest and efforts of key stakeholders in Shenzhen and its broader region to address the sustainability challenge in the built environment. There were more than 2,000 participants and many would-be on-site attendees had to be turned away because the sessions (and rooms) were over-subscribed.

iiSBE at Chatham House seminar on Ukraine reconstruction

Nils Larsson (NL) represented iiSBE at a one-day seminar on June 20 focused on the reconstruction of Ukraine held at Chatham House, a well-known think tank in London. There were about 200 persons in the live audience and ca. 1,700 logging in to the web link. The following comments are quasi-random comments and do not claim to be comprehensive.

Management of SBE Conference Series changes hands

The Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) series of conferences began in 2000, operates on a three-year cycle and is operated by a small number of international organizations including:

* International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction, CIB,;
* International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment, iiSBE,;
* International Federation of Consulting Engineers, FIDIC,;
* UN Environment Programme, UNEP,

Report on Izmir workshop on Turkish reconstruction

The Izmir seminar on earthquake reconstruction took place during April 26-27 and ended with a full day student design workshop on temprary housing.

The sessions were organised and led by Dr. Ilker Kahraman, Head of Chamber of Architects İzmir Branch and Lecturer at İzmir University of Economics.

We attach a report on the issues related to sustainable reconstruction and also notes related to Chile's experience with recovery from major earthquakes.

Support for Izmir meetings on reconstruction

iiSBE has been asked to help in organising a series of meetings in Izmir focusing on the sustainable reconstruction of earthquake-damaged areas in Turkey. The meetings will take place during the period April 26-29.

The principal organiser is Dr. Ilker Kahraman, who is Head of the Chamber of Architects İzmir Branch, lecturer at İzmir Univeristy of Economics and representative of İİSBE in Turkey.