Yearly Archive: 2017

2017 World Changing Ideas Awards

Bold, visionary projects are leading the way toward improving how we live, eat, and learn. There are 192 finalists in the 2017 World Changing Ideas Awards, in categories from health to urban design to food. They run the gamut from internet-connected wells that collect water data to vegetable-based hamburgers that bleed like real meat.

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Heidelberg Village Named Finalist in 2017 WORLD CHANGING IDEAS AWARDS

Frey Architekten’s Heidelberg Village Named Finalist in Fast Company’s 2017 WORLD CHANGING IDEAS AWARDS. Other Honorees include AIRBNB, GE, etsy and Microsoft.

Freiburg, March 27, 2017 —Fast Company has named Frey Architekten’s Heidelberg Village one of the finalists for its premiere World Changing Ideas Awards, which honor businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that offer innovative solutions to the issues facing humanity. All of the finalists are highlighted in the April issue of the print magazine, which hits newsstands on March 27.

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Sustainable Urban Planner Wolfgang Frey at the IGEBC in Peking, China

Peking, 03.22.2017 – The „International Conference on Green and Energy-Efficient Building & New Technologies and Products Expo“ (IGEBC) is taking place for the thirteenth time in China’s capital city with over 3,000 participants including politicians, business leaders and scientists as well as 300 exhibitors from around the world. Wolfgang Frey, an internationally recognized expert in sustainable urban planning and ecological construction, has been invited as a speaker once again.

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Horizon 2020 for the EU: Smart Cities & Communities

The European Union has created one of the world’s strongest financially backed programs for research and innovation entitled Horizon 2020. About €80 billion will be used to support sustainable development in Europe. Together with its partners, the Eco-City of Freiburg is paving the way, turning the city into a smart one. The Smart Green Tower by Frey Architekten is a flagship project in this effort.

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Germany engineers a new housing model

In the city of Heidelberg, a relic of German romanticism on the banks of the river Necker, people are being interviewed to live in a special kind of house. This is not Germany’s version of Big Brother, though in some respects it is a kind of residential social experiment. Heidelberg Village is the largest passive housing complex in the world. Set on 6,100 square metres of land, it takes the principles of sustainable Passivhaus design and expands it to include a social perspective. The result is a prototype for multi-generational living that encourages a sense of community.

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A Passive Challenge

Asia’s Largest Passive House development is currently under construction on a site covering almost 200 acres in Qingdao, China. Patrick Kingsland spoke to Germany-based architect Wolfgang Frey, who previously designed the world’s largest passive house settlement, about the challenges and benefits of passive house design.

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World’s Largest Environmental Prize GreenTec Awards celebrates its 10th Annual Awards Ceremony

Berlin, February 13, 2017 – The world’s largest environmental prize GreenTec Awards will be awarded on May 12, 2017 in Berlin and will be televised to an audience of over 100 million viewers. Every year prominent members from the business and scientific communities as well as the media and pioneers for a sustainable future convene during the awards ceremony. The GreenTec Awards is celebrating its tenth year this year. The Smart Green Tower by Frey Architekten, a cooperative project with partners Siemens and the Fraunhofer Institute, has landed a slot in the top 3 in the category ProSieben Galileo Wissenspreis.

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Wolfgang Frey meets Maia Melikidze, adviser to the president of Georgia on economic affairs

Freiburg-based sustainable architect Wolfgang Frey met today with Maia Melikidze, adviser to the president of Georgia on economic affairs, at the President’s Official Residence in Tbilisi, Georgia, to discuss sustainable urban development. The meeting was organized by the president’s administration.

Freiburg-based sustainable architect Wolfgang Frey met in mid-December 2016 with Maia Melikidze, adviser to Giorgi Margwelaschwili – the president of Georgia – on economic affairs, at the President’s Official Residence in Tbilisi, Georgia, to discuss sustainable urban development. The meeting was organized by the president’s administration.

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