Why Ecobuild is the new Glastonbury

Posted on by melanie

There is no Glastonbury Festival this year, thanks to the Olympics, so if your social calendar is looking a bit empty, why not kick off the ‘season’ with a trip to Ecobuild on 20-22 March 2012? Hear new things, meet old friends, hang out in the ultra-green theme areas and there may even be some mud. Get Sust peruses the programme to uncover the gems.

Thousands of people crammed into a confined area, jostling to see the latest acts, or hanging out with like-minded spirits, careers forged, stars dazzling. Yes, we’re talking Ecobuild 2012, out in London’s Docklands-based ExCeL centre … not the famous farm in Somerset.

Although Ecobuild, age 7, is a nipper compared with the mid-life Glasto (born 1970), the annual green-build-fest has doubled in size each year so it won’t be long before it can rival the music extravaganza. Last year, some 55,000 design and construction professionals attended the three-day Ecobuild exhibition and conference, and there were 1500 exhibitors and a host of support-persons. This year it is likely to be bigger than ever. The main – and very significant – difference is that Ecobuild is free for visitors.

Planning a visit to Ecobuild is also similar to going to Glasto in that there is so much to see and do, you’ll inevitably miss some of the headlines. Technology comes into its own, these days, though. The organizers have provided … more

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