Disrupting the Way We Build

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  • Christine Lemaitre , Prashant Kapoor

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The Disruptive Innovation Festival is an online festival of ideas that asks the question: what if we could redesign everything? During the DIF, we’ll be asking our speakers to tell us what they think is in store for the future of the economy. While watching you can chip in with your thoughts and questions: sign up for a free My DIF account and ask your question through the discussion forum below the live stream!

The construction of our built environment is driven by a dangerous mixture of need for growth, the hunger for modernity and by strict cost and time constraints. This leads to buildings which are not designed to provide a positive impact for their users, their city or the environment. Being confronted with our global climate goals we need to start to build our future today by disrupting the status quo. 

Building Sense NOW! is an initiative by a group of dedicated international architects and engineers who will lead by example. It focusses on real impact and what we really need: concrete action and knowledge. 


Christine Lemaitre

Christine Lemaitre

CEO of the DGNB - German Sustainable Building Council

Dr. Christine Lemaitre is a real pioneer in sustainable building. As CEO of the DGNB German Sustainable Building Council she sets the course for a better planning and building culture in Germany for almost a decade. She is a member in the Board of Directors of the World Green Building Council and Chair of the European Regional Network, making her one of the global forerunners for future-proof building on a global level.

Prashant Kapoor

Prashant Kapoor

Principal Industry Specialist, IFC Climate Business Group, World Bank Group

Prashant is a thought leader and an expert in sustainable built environments and cities, and a passionate advocate for sustainable solutions that align the interests of developers, financial institutions, governments and homeowners. As a Principal Industry Specialist at the IFC Climate Business Group, a member of the World Bank Group, he leads the IFC’s global investments in the built environment with a particular focus on financing low carbon developments, sustainable cities and green financial products. He is the entrepreneur who created EDGE, a universal standard, software application, and certification system to mainstream resource-efficient building growth in emerging markets.

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