25 September 2012 – 27th EU PVSEC Conference – Photovoltaics, Forms, Landscapes – Frankfurt, Germany

How to Use Photovoltaics for Shaping Nearly Zero Energy Communities

European photovoltaic solar energy conference and exhibition http://www.photovoltaic-conference.com/
Special architectural event photovoltaic, forms, landscape on September 25




Tuesday, 25 September 2012



13:30 – 18:00



Open to all participants of the 27th EU PVSEC


This special event, that highlights the interaction of PV systems with buildings and landscape, will outline the vision of a transition from PV architecture into urban and non-urban landscapes and how architects take up this challenge.
In a future Zero Energy Building scenario it is considered that PV solar energy covers the energy needs of the living space (electricity services, heating and cooling).
How could buildings look like to incorporate this energy source? How would out-of-city landscapes offer opportunities to satisfy the energy-hunger?

At the moment, the traditional domain of architecture design takes into account only the physical space we live in, that we can envision with our traditional tools, and, in the end, ‘categorise’ and ‘touch’. For the net zero energy challenge, in consequence, architectural design needs to foresee for each m² of a ‘designed’ space about 2.5m² more ‘energy-surfaces’, which are generally neither envisioned nor designed. We need a shift of perspective and to learn how to combine the design for the space we live in, and the space for generating the energy. We cannot leave the energy generation in a technological corner where design has no role, and where the forms of our cities and our landscapes would be affected in a way which the public does not accept, making fail all positive aspects of the net zero energy community.

The realization of the 2021-Nearly Zero Energy Buildings objective is a great challenge, but at the same instance also a unique opportunity for a new school of performative design. Energy, in fact, has a new, more than symbolic and societal meaning, that can be made visible by design beyond traditional architectural categories. It develops new visions appropriate for the needs of today.
As an official event of the 27th EU PVSEC, the Photovoltaics, Forms, Landscapes Parallel Event is jointly organised by ENEA, ETA-Florence Renewable Energies and the EU PVSEC.




Programme Outline

Address from the International Union of Architects – International Work Programme
Architecture and Renewable Energy Sources, UIA-ARES

Heinz Ossenbrink | European Commission JRC | Ispra | Italy

The concept
Alessandra Scognamiglio | Scientific Organizer of the event | ENEA | Portici | Italy


Nikos Fintikakis | Architect | UIA Council Member | Director of UIA-RES International Work Programme | Athens | Greece
Global Solar Building Landmarks from a UIA Perspectives

Elizabeth Monoian& Robert Ferry | Co-Principals | Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) | New York | USA
The beauty of zero energy: The aesthetic integration of renewable energy infrastructure into the built environment

Networking Coffee Break

Julian Worrall | Associate Professor Architecture and Urban Studies | Waseda University | Tpkyo | Japan
Photovoltaics as public space: Solar infrastructures in the post-Fukushima era

Walter Hood | Director | Hood Design Oakland | Professor | College of Environmental Design | University of California | Berkley | USA
Power Strands

Roberto Zancan | DOMUS | Milan | Italy


For further information:

Angela Grassi,
ETA-Florence Renewable Energies, Italy

Alessandra Scognamiglio
ENEA, Italy




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Special event In the framework of the 27th EU PVSEC