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Austrian Building Technology Showcased during Future of Building Conference Vienna

20 June 2017

The Future of Building Conference and Matchmaking event, organised by the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, takes place annually in Vienna. Being Austria’s flagship event in the building sector, companies from all over the world are invited to connect with Austrian firms through B2Bs and networking opportunities as well as visit reference sites around Vienna.  A record number of 400 guests from 40 countries attended the event, and over 700 B2Bs were arranged.

This year the event’s topics compromised green infrastructure, smart city, building information modelling, innovative construction materials, and refurbishments. These topics were also featured as part of the site visits to which international guests were invited, including a visit to the construction site of the HoHo Tower.

This year Jonathan Evans, Director at Tzannes Associates based in Sydney as well as Mark Spencer, Group Director- Buildings at Beca in Auckland attended the Future of Building event, which took place from 17-18 May this year. 

 “Attending the Future of Building conference in beautiful Vienna provided me with the opportunity to meet like-minded designers from around the world and connect with Austrian companies devoted to the use of engineered timber in the construction industry. The day 2 excursion to Hoho Tower construction site at Seestadt introduced me to the project engineer for discussions, including how concrete and mass timber are working together to deliver this beautifully designed 24 storey hybrid high performance tower.”  - Jonathan Evans, Tzannes Associates

“I found the panel discussion concerning trends in urban planning particularly interesting.  One quote that stuck in my mind was “a city is not a machine, it is a social system first and last”.  In this age of rapid technological evolution and disruption I think it is important not to lose sight of the human and societal aspects of cities as we designers and planners seek to shape the infrastructure, the buildings and spaces in between that constitute the built environment to be occupied by their citizens.” – Mark Spencer, Group Director-Buildings, Beca

Are you interested in attending the Future of Building Conference next year? Please don't hesitate to get in touch with Marjolein Coonen . For further information on the event and to view presentations held check out the website here .