Photovoltaics | Forms | Landscapes

The third edition of the Special Session Photovoltaics | Forms | Landscapes will take place within the 28th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, to be held in Paris, on the 1st October 2013. As an official event of the EU PVSEC, the Photovoltaics | Forms | Landscapes workshop is jointly organised by ENEA, the European Commission JRC, ETA-Florence Renewable Energies and the EU PVSEC. ENEA is responsible of the conception and of the programme of the event.
Quando 01/10/2013
dalle 08:30 alle 12:30
Dove Paris (France)
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Photovoltaics | Forms | Landscapes is series of annual events, serving as discussion framework, to investigate the new phenomena associated with the rapid spread of large photovoltaic systems. It promotes reflection on the implications for our way of living and on what new issues for design could arise. This is done at all the scales: from modules, to buildings, to cities, to landscapes.

The vision proposed by Photovoltaics | Forms | Landscapes connects the regional scale with a “planetary” scale:  the growing and "sudden" expansion of photovoltaics into the (even farming) landscape needs to be perceived as an answer to the growing need of energy for increasingly populated human settlements, do not contain their energy footprint.

The future requires a new approach for an integrated design, which acknowledges not only our footprint of living (the "physical" footprint), but takes also into account our ecological footprint, created indeed by our energy and nutrition needs, if we are committed to sustain human life on Earth, guaranteeing a positive outcome of future population expansion.

Before actually advancing to such a new design, a re-thinking is needed to see the landscape and its constituting elements not only by traditional (such as natural / anthropogenic) categories, but also considering new dimensions stemming from energy use and energy generation. The design process which assumes a production / consumption role for the landscape needs to orient itself towards energy self-sufficiency of the communities living within the landscape, by integrating the energy and nutrition footprint into the project domain.

The proposition is in fact the requirement towards the vision of a "designed, performative" landscape, where photovoltaic systems appear as productive elements, capable of  reconciling today's and future human needs and of achieving a balance between production and consumption (net zero energy community).