Sustainable Futures Conference 2016

has been held at the UN Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya
August 30 - September 02, 2016

the organisers would like to thank everyone who contributed to this conference with your presentations, input to all the interesting discussions and for sharing your experiences and knowledge.

With speakers from around the world and a UN workshop for both participants and invited local stakeholders, we feel this conference has been a great success for everyone.

Ansante sana!

SFC 2016 was co-hosted by UN Habitat at the UN Headquarters Conference facilities in Nairobi. It was The Final Conference for the EU-funded University cooperation JENGA (Joint Development of Energy-Efficient Courses for Sustainable Housing in Eastern Africa).

SFC 2016 was the follow-up event for SFC 2012, which was held in Kampala (more about sfc 2012). Academics, professionals and students from around the world with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa were invited to submit contributions for oral or poster presentation and to join the JENGA team for this symposium on energy-efficient and sustainable architecture and construction in the Global South.  

SFC 2016 programme includes scientific presentations, a student session and UN Habitat lead workshops on Thursday, September 1st. 

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Keynote Speakers at SFC 2016

We are pleased to present the Keynote Speakers at SFC2016

Laura Petrella, UN Habitat, Nairobi Kenya

Tatu Gatere, KDI, Nairobi Kenya

Phil Harris, Troppo Architects, Adelaide, Australia


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SFC 2016 Best Paper Award

A jury of members of the Sientific Committee together with Conference Chairmen awarded prices for Best Papers to:

Ignacio Cardona (Harvard Graduate School of Design) for his presentation:
"Petare Process - Fragmented City and Participatory Design"  (pdfand

Marlene Wagner (buildCollective NPO/Carinthia University of Applied Sciences) for her presentation:
"Bridging Mzamba - A Community Driven Implementation Process of a Suspension Bridge in  Eastern Cape, South Africa" (pdf)

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This is the online registration and abstract management site for the SFC2016
The first time you access the site, you will need to create a new account in order to:
     - Submit an abstract
     - register as a participant

Submissions have been made for one of the following Conference Themes:

  • Materials, construction and technology
  • Resource-efficiency in building
  • Participation and social aspects of design
  • Architecture for regional and local context
  • Enabling framework
  • Approaches to architectural education

More information about the conference themes may be found in the information section or by clicking here