Alex Steffen is a Planetary Futurist. He believes growing cities are the key to responding to our climate emergency, and that in order to build a beautiful future, we have to be able to imagine a beautiful future.
This keynote will lay out Alex’s audacious vision for the future of green cities. Alex has been on the forefront of climate thinking for more than 25 years. An engaging speaker and a prolific writer, Alex has written thousands of pieces, been profiled in numerous media interviews and given hundreds of talks to audiences around the world. Alex has spoken at the United Nations, YIMBYtown, performed celebrated TED talks, and in 2010 initiated Seattle’s Climate Action Plan in a two-night series of talks at Town Hall.
As founding member of A2M, Sebastian Moreno Vacca leads A2M’s vision, design aesthetic, and drive to be the most sustainable and energy efficient architect possible. Since starting A2M in 2000, Sebastian has led the firm to international recognition through his sustainable building knowledge and his numerous roles as president of the Board of the Belgian Passive House Association. During his presidency, he significantly contributed to the establishment of a mandatory passive standard in the Brussels Region. Since 2006, he has been also teaching as the university faculty at ULB architecture. In 2009, he co-founded and edited the magazine “be.passive.”
Working for A2M since 2004, Julie Willem is an architect and now a partner in the office.
Alongside her work as an architect, she has produced several books, publications, and articles. In 2009 she co-founded and directed the “be.passive” magazine. A regular trainer for professional networks, she ensures a steady schedule of presentations, lectures, and training programs.
Building up her vision, Julie directs the international developments of A2M. Now working in New York, she leads projects in Europe, Canada, and the U.S.