PLEA stands for Passive and Low Energy Architecture. It is an organisation engaged in a worldwide discourse on sustainable architecture and urban design through its annual international conference, workshops and publications. It commits to the development, documentation and diffusion of the principles of bioclimatic design and the application of natural and innovative techniques for sustainable architecture and urban design.
PLEA is an autonomous, non-profit association of individuals sharing the art, science, planning and design of the built environment. PLEA pursues its objectives through international conferences and workshops; expert group meetings and consultancies; scientific and technical publications; and architectural competitions and exhibitions. Since 1982, PLEA has organised conferences and events across the globe. The annual conference of PLEA is regarded, attracting academics and practicing architects in equal numbers. Past conferences have taken place in United States, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and Australia.
It is the first time that the PLEA conference comes to Hong Kong in 2018. The juxtaposition of HongKong’s compact and high-density living and scenic countryside makes it an intriguing case of urban sustainability and climate resilience. The urban and built environment represents both challenges and opportunities amid climate change. As the world approaches the 2-degree limit, living smart and healthy has become a priority in urban development. Smart cities are driven by science and technology but are meaningless without consideration for the people and community.
Design and practice are essential in implementation, while education and training stimulateinnovation and empower professionals and laymen alike. With the theme “Smart and Healthy within the 2-degree Limit”, the conference strives to address the different facets of smart and healthy livingand aims to bring together designers, academics, researchers, students, and professionals in the building industry in the pursuit of a better and more sustainable urban and built environment.