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Smarter Living: The 2000-Watt Society

  • Tuesday, October 09, 2012
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • University of Michigan Art and Architecture Building, Auditorium (Rm 2014)

Smarter Living: The 2000-Watt Society

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Reception and Exhibition Viewing
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: The 2000-Watt Society: Challenges, Goals, Opportunities
A+A Auditorium (Room 2014)

Introduction: Monica Ponce de Leon, Dean and Eliel Saarinen Professor of Architecture, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Opening Remarks: Martin Bienz, Consul General of Switzerland


  • Jan K. Culbertson, AIA LEED AP BD+C, GGA
    Senior Principal, A3C – Collaborative Architecture
  • Lars Junghans
    Assistant Professor of Architecture, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Stephan Tanner, AIA
    Principal – Integrated Planning LLC


Geoffrey Thün
Associate Professor of Architecture, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

The symposium on the 2,000-Watt Society is held in conjunction with the traveling exhibition "Smarter Living", which is currently on view at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. As one of the most progressive and challenging measures to date, the citizens of Zurich, Switzerland approved a referendum that set the goal of reducing individual energy consumption from the current 6,500 watts to 2,000 watts by 2150.

Speakers Jan Culbertson, Lars Junghans, and Stephan Tanner will present their perspective on the challenging issues involved in the reduction of our carbon footprint, especially how consequences and outcomes of current policies manifest themselves in our build environment. Their presentations will be followed by a moderated roundtable discussion.

The presentations and discussions will shed light on this initiative and its policies. We will hear from a local perspective about currently developments in this country, including what challenges we encounter and the kind of opportunities we can foresee. The presentation will be augmented by built examples and innovative solutions of how the goal of reduction of energy consumption affects architecture and our built environment.

The traveling exhibition Smarter Living: The 2,000-Watt Society is brought to the United States by the U.S.-wide program Think Swiss – Brainstorm the Future in collaboration withCleantech Switzerland and the City of Zurich.

ThinkSwiss is an official program of the Swiss Confederation under the auspices of Presence Switzerland, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the Swiss State Secretariat for Education and Research. As a leader in science, research, and technology, Switzerland works with its U.S. counterparts to address the challenges of sustainability and find solutions that benefit our world.

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