Technologies and environment: sustainable solutions?

Local: 6:30 pm
Paris: 9:00 pm
Canton Guangzhou Times Museum, Canton, CN
Chinese / French

I/ By way of introduction to the debate

18 : 30 - 19 : 00 : lecture by Norbert Paluch

Issue: to present the contributions of space technologies to the preservation of ecosystems and biodiversity. Presentation adapted to a large audience.
Norbert Paluch is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Aéronautique et d'Espace and is a space advisor and the CNES representative to the French Embassy. He joined the CNES (French Space Agency) in 1989. He has mainly been involved in cooperation with the European Space Agency, as a French delegate. He was twice appointed in Germany (first at the German space agency DARA, then at the German Aerospace Center - DLR).

II/ Debate

19 : 00-20 : 30 : Hybrid debate: Philippe Bihouix (distant - TBC), Li Sheng, Chance Jiang, Michelle - Luo Liting (face-to-face)

Issue: by bringing together leading personalities directly involved in the development and use of technologies, the aim is to stimulate a debate on their potential benefits in terms of environmental protection. Beyond this, it is a question of questioning our relationship to the environment - including and especially our immediate urban environment - when it is mediated by technologies (especially innovative architectural techniques). How are and can these be used to live better together and in harmony with nature?

In addition, the participation of Philippe Bihouix and that of Chance Jiang, an application developer and startuper based in Southern China, will be able to nourish a fertile debate on our relationship with new technologies, particularly at a time marked by the dizzying acceleration of the digitization of exchanges and interactions. Given the considerable ecological cost of manufacturing the high-tech devices that have become part of our daily lives, is it sustainable - and morally tenable - to increase the digitisation of human relationships? In short, should not the imperative of preserving natural resources be imposed on the permanent search for convenience that guides our interest in new technologies (connected objects, smart phones, etc.)?


    • Philippe Bihouix, AREP Director General and essayist
      Philippe Bihouix first worked as a consulting engineer or manager in various industrial sectors, in particular transport and construction, before joining the AREP group, an interdisciplinary architecture agency and subsidiary of the SNCF, as managing director. He is the author of several books on the issue of non-renewable resources and the associated technological challenges, in particular L'âge des low tech. Vers une civilisation techniquement soutenable (Seuil, 2014), the English version of which was recently published by Bristol University Press, and Le bonheur était pour demain. Les rêveries d'un ingénieur solitaire (Seuil, 2019).
    • Li Sheng: Director of AAUPC- China (French speaking)
      A DPLG architect in France and a Senior Urban and Rural Planning Engineer in China, Li Sheng has worked on some 100 major planning, landscape and architectural projects in China and France since joining AAUPC CHAVANNES & ASSOCIES in 2003, in particular the renovation of the former Renault factory in Boulogne-Billancourt, the design of the EFFIA multimodal hub and parking lot in Saint-Etienne, the urban planning of the high-tech ecological island in Nanjing, the planning of the CBD in Huadu district in Guangzhou, the landscaping of the Wenhan Lake Park in Foshan, the architectural design of the Cultural and Artistic Centre in Guangming district in Shenzhen. He is currently General Manager of the AAUPC China Branch.
    • Chance Jiang: CEO, developer and consultant
      Chance Jiang works in the design and manufacture of Internet of Things applications and systems.
      Since 2010, he has been designing IoT products around social networks (WeChat, in particular) and digital retail services. In 2012, he led the team that designed and built the first connected product using the WeChat API: Between 2009 and 2012, his team built the first receipt printer with a web-based API, pioneering receipt printers with a native cloud-based API. In 2012, he co-founded Startup Grind Guangzhou, the first Startup Grind office in China.
    • Michelle Luo: Radio and television host specializing in new technologies
      Michelle Luo is a presenter with Guangdong Radio and Television (GRT). She hosts and produces programs such as Michelle Loves Tech, China Chats and Guangdong News Now.

III/ 20 : 30-21 : 00 : Cocktail