by Mirjana Vrbaski
As Montrealers start their annual moving frenzy, engineers, architects,
and scientists from around the world will gather at Concordia to tackle
housing issues. The 31st International Association of Housing Science
(IAHS) World Congress will take place here June 23 to 27.
Its timely, given the increasing pressure on the Quebec government
to relieve a shortage of affordable lodging, said conference organizer
Adel Hanna, of Concordias Department of Building, Civil and Environmen-tal
The Congress represents an all-encompassing exchange of ideas,
ranging from architectural aspects of building houses to relevant social,
environmental, technological, and governmental issues.
One hundred and fifty specialists from over 40 countries will participate
in the exchange. Among the keynote speakers are Anna Kajumulo, the executive
director of UN-Habitat, Nils Larsson, executive director of the International
Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment, and various other experts
from such countries as Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Croatia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey
Among the guests are Mayor Gérald Tremblay, the rectors of Concordia,
UQAM and McGill University, as well as the presidents of the Canadian
Mortgage Housing Corporation and La Société dhabitation
The conference will tackle information technology, housing policy and
planning, sustainable building, government legislation, construction technology,
design, and affordable housing.
Its a unique opportunity to create awareness of both novel
developments and solutions to pertinent problems, Hanna said. Communication
in this business is critical. To have maximal progress, everyone from
engineers and architects to material developers and designers must know
about what is going on in each others fields.
Its also a chance to show off Montreal, and the organizers have
scheduled tours, both technical and leisurely, of the city and the region.
Co-organizing the event are UQAMs Roger-Bruno Richard and McGills
For more information about IAHS, headquartered in the US, visit the Web
site at www.iahs31.com.