Solar-powered buildings require no outside energy. But Swiss architect Beat Kämpfen takes that idea a step further, creating plus-energy buildings that not only meet the needs of their owners and operators, but generate surplus energy that can be returned to the grid.
Kämpfen examines plus-energy architecture in a presentation titled Holistic Sustainability on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Currently Kämpfen is the 2012 Regnier Distinguished Visiting Chair of the Department of Architecture at Kansas State University.
Kämpfen is internationally recognized for his work that is guided by principles of energy efficiency and sustainability, and expressed in contemporary architectural language. Beyond mere technological concerns, Kämpfen is guided by a holistic understanding of sustainability, one that encompasses social, ecological, and economical aspects.
For Kämpfen architecture is more than building - it is an expression of an epoch and testimony to a client's ideas and wishes.
Eight times in the last decade Kämpfen has received the Swiss Solar Prize for buildings like Sunny Woods in Zürich, the country's first condominium designed to achieve a zero energy balance.
Kämpfen received his training at the Swiss Technical University of Zurich and the University of California-Berkeley. He taught at the Swiss Technical University and worked in several architecture firms. Since 1995 Kämpfen has been principal at his Büro für Architektur (Office for Architecture) in Zürich.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.
Presented by Kansas State University College of Architecture, Planning and Design and the Kansas City Design Center.