Upcoming Exhibitions

October 1 - November 12, 2011

Smarter Living - The 2,000-Watt Society

In 2008, the citizens of Zurich approved a referendum that set the goal of reducing energy consumption by each person from the current 6,500 watts to 2,000 watts by 2150. Smarter Living—The 2,000-Watt Society illustrates the impact of this significant goal by presenting the diverse range of design solutions underway. The exhibition is intended to give architects, developers and contractors the courage and desire to accept the 2,000-watt vision as a challenge for the design community. The18 case studies demonstrate different approaches to sustainable architecture – some with complex technical solutions and some with clever references to traditional construction methods. Whether small projects or large developments, retrofitted housing stock or new construction, these designs create a sustainable future for the city. In Switzerland, “Green” is no longer an option, it’s the Law!

Smarter Living is brought to the United States by the U.S.-wide program ThinkSwiss – Brainstorm the Future in collaboration with Cleantech Switzerland and the City of Zurich.

Exhibition Curators: Karin Vasella-Kuhn (Head), Anna Blattert, Daniel Kurz and Tanja Reimer

Exhibition Design: Raffinerie AG für Gestaltung, Zurich

The presentation of Smarter Living -The 2,000-Watt Society at the Center for Architecture was made possible by Umberto Dindo, Secretary, AIA New York Chapter and Think Swiss, an official program of the Swiss Confederation that promotes exchanges and shares know-how between the USA and Switzerland.


Opening Reception
at the Center for Architecture, NYC
October 1, 2011, 7-9pm

The opening is presented in conjunction with Buildings=Energy, the Center for Architecture’s fall exhibition.

When Green is Not an Option but the Law!
at the Center for Architecture, NYC
October 3, 2011, 6-8pm

When Green is Not an Option but the Law is organized by Umberto Dindo in collaboration with the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York and the AIA New York Chapter.


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