European Energy Avantgarde

European Energy Avantgarde




Initiative for International Collaboration,
Competition and Excellence in Energy Technologies

Since earliest times, human beings have been aware of their skills of both collaborating and 
competing. Competition is a “basic human principle”. In economic, technological, sporting and
military fields, it has been a key
driver of all further development. Going back to the ancient
Greek world, the Olympic Games and the Olympic values of “
Excellence, Respect and Friendship
are the most prominent examples, showing how competition also serves for the development of
a worldwide social network promoting peaceful coexistence.

The international student competition “Solar Decathlon” invokes this spirit by giving young
people the opportunity to demonstrate experimental buildings with sophisticated designs. The
proliferation of Solar Decathlon events in different continents, however, will in the long
term not
serve to establish a manageable international format. In particular, the urban context is not
addressed sufficiently. In the history of architecture, it was at the beginning of the 20th century
when competitive exhibitions became relevant for a new definition of architecture and building

related technology. The Arts and Crafts movement in UK, the Werkbund (Weissenhof Estate
1927) and the Bauhaus school (Dessau 1926) created what today we still call `modern
architecture´. Neither the “Solar Decathlon” nor the “Internationale Bauausstellung”, to name
but two examples, have had a comparable impact.

        Bearing in mind that the “Declaration of Madrid 2010” outlined the need for a European initiative,
        the European Energy Avantgarde plans to go a step further. The event provides information
        about ongoing activities in Germany and the panel will discuss the
European Energy Avntgarde
        as a new approach for international competitions.
Contact: Markus Kratz, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany,