Jonathan Sergison takes part in a symposium on the globalisation of climate control

Thermal standards exert an ever-increasing impact on architecture. What used to be a minor issue in planning processes a mere three decades ago has become a rigid determinant in the design practice of architects. However, such standards emerge out of specific local cultural circumstances and architectural traditions. This area of conflict between a globalised rationality and the need for local adaptation is the subject of the conference. Based on case studies from Switzerland and various international contexts, the conference examines the ways in which the global circulation of thermal standards affects and translates into local design and building practices. 

30-31 October
Accademia di Architettura USI
Aula T 1.02
Palazzo Turconi
6850 Mendrisio

For details of the programme: www.usi.ch/thermal-standards-conference