Thomas Rau "oneplanetarchitecture"

Wednesday, February 02, 2011, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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RAU’s sustainable entrepreneurship stems from a specific attitude towards the world. Working and living in the constant awareness that any action ultimately produces significant effects in the world at large: ecological, economic and social. This way of working creates healthy, energy-producing buildings that adopt a people-oriented approach and enhance awareness of our planet. This is what RAU calls “oneplanetarchitecture.”

Thomas Rau is an active participant in the international discussion on sustainability, sustainable architecture and the development of energy saving technologies. He is ranked, as first architect, at nr. 26 on the annual Dutch Sustainable Top 100; a list of key-players in sustainability published by national newspaper Trouw and broadcasting corporation LLiNK. He is placed at number one in the ‘Green Building’ category of the Dutch ‘Green.200’ ranking by Green.2 magazine.

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  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.