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George Agriogiannis (Holcim Australia), Andres Noonan (ACCIONA Australia), Elisa Battistella (Holcim Switzerland), Domenic Alvaro (Woods Bagot) and Yves Boni (Holcim Switzerland).

Domenic Alvaro, Director and Global Design Leader at Woods Bagot, attended the sixth annual Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Singapore as an exclusive invitee. As the special guest of Holcim, Alvaro was alongside key leaders Jan Jenisch, Chairman and CEO of Holcim, and George Agriogiannis, CEO of Australia, Holcim (Australia), contributing valuable insights to the dynamic conversations that unfolded at this prestigious gathering.

The forum’s theme, “Embracing Instability,” was set against the vibrant landscape of Singapore, attracted renowned figures such as Michael R. Bloomberg and Hank Paulson. The overarching theme reflected a commitment to addressing global challenges ranging from inflation and artificial intelligence to geopolitical tensions and climate change.

Erik Schatzker, Editorial Director of Bloomberg New Economy, emphasized the importance of the international event, stating, ” Without dialogue and international engagement, this climate of economic and geopolitical instability can be a breeding ground for mistrust and zero-sum rivalries. That’s why it’s so vital to convene this Forum and why we’re so encouraged by the strong response and commitment from senior government officials and private-sector leadership from across the globe.”

Holcim is the global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions. The organization is at the forefront of decarbonizing building end-to-end, in line with our purpose to build progress for people and the planet.

One of the groundbreaking discussions that Alvaro actively engaged in was the collaboration to build circular cities. The session explored the potential of circular systems to decarbonize the built environment on a larger scale, addressing two-thirds of global CO2 emissions. The conversation involved architects, developers, public authorities, technologists, and investors, all aiming to reinvent cities as circular economies of scale. Jan Jenisch, Chairman & CEO at Holcim, was joined by facilitator Sanna-Mari Jantti, Director, Head of Urban Affairs at Miltton Group.

Another key topic at the forum was “Unravelling new geoeconomic complexities in the Levant.” This discussion delved into the impact of recent events in the Middle East and the potential global implications. Speakers included Tom Orlik, Chief Economist at Bloomberg Economics, and Douglas A. Rediker, Managing Partner at International Capital Strategies.

Alvaro shares, “building circular cities requires a holistic approach that considers environmental, social, and economic aspects to create sustainable, livable, and efficient urban spaces.”

Beyond the forum, attendees took part in tours of various sustainability and net-zero design projects in Singapore, including CAPITASPRING by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati, a 2023 World Architecture Festival finalist in the International Building Beauty Prize category.

Reflecting on the experience, Alvaro shared that participating in the forum reinforced Woods Bagot’s CREDO as a People Architecture-centric “Future Practice”. As a global architectural and design studio, Woods Bagot is committed to the key topics discussed at the forum. Alvaro’s attendance on behalf of Woods Bagot and the Australian region highlighted the studio’s forward-thinking approach.

Looking ahead, Woods Bagot will also be attending the World Architecture Festival (WAF), showcasing their commitment to building circular cities and focusing on decarbonizing the built environment. The studio emphasizes collaboration and People Architecture as central to the world’s transition to a net-zero future. Alvaro expressed the studio’s dedication to partnering with like-minded leaders to expedite progress towards a more sustainable and circular future.


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