Twelve of the top innovations at Vision this year

Bio-responsive facades, ceramic-hybrid textiles and the world’s smartest office building are among the top innovations that will be featuring at Vision which takes place at Olympia London on 7 and 8 June. The two-day knowledge event is packed with the built environment’s most innovative projects, technologies and initiatives, and all of the sessions in its educational programme are free to attend. An international line-up of speakers will be sharing learning about the research projects, prototypes and cutting edge designs that promise to change the built environment.

The event gives visitors a chance to:

  1. Find out what makes the smartest building in Europe so smart

Ron Bakker, founding partner of PLP Architecture, will talk about the design of The Edge – Deloitte’s new Amsterdam HQ – and its smart technologies, which include a Light over Ethernet system, co-developed with Philips. The building’s smart sustainability won it the BREEAM Award for Offices New Construction in 2016.

  1. Get an insight into carbon nanomaterials

Nanomaterials present a wealth of design possibilities, as Dr Bojan Boskovic, chief executive of innovation consultant Cambridge Nanomaterials Technology, will explain.

  1. Explore 3D BIM at Crossrail’s Tottenham Court Road Station

Harbinder Singh Birdi, partner with architect Hawkins\Brown, will outline the role of 3D BIM for design and collaboration on this key project, and its benefits.

  1. Gaze into the future of biodesigned buildings

Biotechnology and biomaterials are changing architecture and design. Find out how from futorologist, design scientist and transformational change strategist Melissa Sterry.

  1. Learn about ways of literally putting life into buildings

The world’s first façade system to cultivate micro-algae to generate heat and biomass as renewable energy sources was pioneered on a demonstration project in Germany. Rachel Armstrong, professor of experimental architecture at Newcastle University and Emma Flynn, associate and R&D lead at architect Astudio will look at the potential for bio-responsive facades.

  1. Hear about innovations in textiles

The latest innovations in textiles and hybrid materials for use in the built environment will be outlined by experts from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Course director Anne Marr and textile designer and associate lecturer Rebecca Hoyes will be sharing the outcomes of research into textiles and material design.

7. Get the lowdown on building higher with CLT modules in Finland

The eight storey Puukuokka apartment scheme is Finland’s tallest cross laminated timber (CLT) building. Ansi Lassila, director of architect OOPEAA will be outlining the lessons from the project, which trialled a CLT based system of volumetric modules.

  1. See how Cullinan Studio put the fab into prefab at Holy Cross School

Alex Abbey, partner at architect Cullinan Studio will outline how research collaboration produced a school that met cost constraints, while offering generous, flexible teaching space and elegance in design.

  1. Switch on to the Internet of Things

Antonio Pisano, co-founder and director of Marcel Mauer Architecture, will give a lesson on the Internet of Things and its implications for the built environment.

  1. See the view from The Shard…virtually

TruVision VR will offer show visitors the chance to experience the view from The Shard, via an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

  1. Marvel at the stunning Embassy Sky Pool

Hal Currey, founding director of HAL Architects, and Brian Eckersley, director of pioneering structural design practice Eckersley O’Callaghan will be speaking about the challenges they faced on this amazing project.

  1. Explore the Tension Pavilion

StuctureMode, Weber Industries and Base Structures have created a lightweight structure with a tensegrity ring and a tensile fabric membrane that forms the centrepiece feature at the show.

These are just a dozen of the free learning experiences on offer to visitors at Vision. Find out more at http://www.visionlondon.com