The sixteenth edition of the Hay Festival Segovia will be held from September 16 to 19, 2021. For the first time, to celebrate the heritage of Castilla y León there will be a series of previous events in various venues in the region. All events will be in-person — some will be streamed too — respecting the security protocols. More information here.
Eleven years after his first participation in the Hay Festival Segovia, in which he advocated for social responsibility in architecture, renowned Japanese architect and Pritzker Prize winner, Shigeru Ban, returns to Segovia to converse with Martha Thorne, Dean of the IE School of Architecture and Design, and David Goodman, architect, professor and associate dean of the school. This time they will talk about how sustainability must be at the core of any design process and about the importance of new generations of architects.
Shigeru Ban was recently appointed Ambassador to the EU New European Bauhaus, an initiative to promote a cultural and sustainable movement in the European Union at the highest level and to help Europe to move to a circular economy. At the Hay Festival, he will also present some of his latest projects that range from university buildings, to museums, an airport and disaster relief projects. Additionally, he will also talk about his paper tube structures and a next initiative to be developed on the IE campus in Segovia.
Shigeru Ban will participate remotely from Japan.
When it comes to changing the world, designers are more important than scientists. This, at least, is the opinion of Babette Porcelijn, a designer and environmental expert. In her view, designers are better equipped than other professionals to offer solutions to crucial matters such as pollution, climate change and resource depletion. She specializes in what she calls “hidden impact”, in how our everyday actions affect the environment, not only locally, through the consumption of fuels, but globally, through, for example, the transportation of goods. Her book De verborgen impact, aimed at a non-specialist readership and in which she proposes simple solutions for the future, has been very successful in the Netherlands, the author’s native country, and other European countries. It will shortly be published in Spain.
Porcelijn will talk to the Germany-based Asturian journalist, Begoña Quesada, author of books such as Alemania, el país imprescindible and Nacidos después de muertos.