Summary of SB14 Barcelona & iiSBE AGM
webmaster 2014-11-05 3121 reads
In promoting the internationalization of Archilife and continuing to monitor global developments in the field of sustainable buildings, after partaking in the Sustainable Building (SB) series of international conferences in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2013, Archilife has once again assembled a team to participate in the triennial SB14 Barcelona and iiSBE AGM in Spain between October 25 and November 2, 2014. Led by President of TSSBE, Prof. Su Ching-hua, the entourage consists of 11 persons, including Archilife member Mr. Li Yen-yi, Chou Po-cheng, Ms. Chang Kuei-feng, Mr Chung, Cheng-hsin, Liu Ding-chyu, Li Tzan-chain, Lin Chien-hung and Lin Wen-hung, as well as Kaohsiung City Government official Mr. Tzeng Ping-chien and Ms. Chou I-hsin, who were invited by TSSBE.
Prior to departure, Archilife’s Secretary General Huang Chin-ying saw the team off at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. Besides sharing Taiwan’s experience in sustainable buildings, the team members were also expected to absorb research outcome by foreign experts and scholars. Moreover, she also reminded the team about the details of attending large international conferences, as well as their personal safety and health abroad.
The team departed from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 23:45 on October 25, 2014 on Emirates flight EK367 bound for Dubai. The following morning, they boarded Emirates flight EK185 at 07:40 and arrived at the El Prat Airport in Barcelona at 12:15 on October 26, 2014.
After the arrival procedure was completed, the team boarded a bus and headed for Monestir de Montserrat, approximately 50km away from Barcelona to begin their survey. The monastery is an important religious center in the Catalonia region and plays a crucial role in the people's cultural and spiritual life. The team members visited the art-like, intricate structure of the church and stunning stained glass. They also appreciated the Virgin of Montserrat (the black virgin) in person along with countless visitors from all over the world, who patiently waited in the long queue in order to pray to Virgin of Montserrat. In addition, the monastery was also a sanctuary for scholars, artists, politicians and students during the Franco Era in Spain. Since the elevation difference between the monastery and the bottom of the valley is 1,236m, therefore the vantage point in Catalonia is perfect for overlooking the picturesque landscape in the distance.
In the evening, the team returned to downtown Barcelona; in order to reward the team members for embarking on the arduous journey, President Su especially treated them to an Oriental feast complemented by beers at the Pato Pekin Puerto Olimpico. After dinner, the entourage headed to their hotel Rey Juan Carlos I in Barcelona, which is located near the Barcelona university town as well as the largest soccer stadium in Europe Camp Nou, therefore the team members were able to experience the ambiance of the University of Barcelona and sports. Since the venue of SB14 Barcelona “Palau de Congressos de Catalunya” is right next to the hotel, it significantly enhanced convenience for the team members.