05 April 2010

Panel on architecture, urbanism and sustainability

Global Initiatives
Ecologies in the Balance? Thinking Through The Crises....

Presentation and Panel Discussion

Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 4:30 PM
Alexander Library, Teleconference/Lecture Hall, 4th Floor, CAC

Event Speakers include:

Robert W. Lake, Professor, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University
"Welcome and Introduction"

Jeffrey Holmes, Principal Architect, Woods Bagot, New York, NY
The Plight of the Object: Sustainable Design in an Age of Economic Crisis
How does the current economic crisis affect our built environment? This presentation examines three major themes addressing this question: the decline of overly self-referential, "goofy" architecture; suburban retrenchment due to decreased mobility and misplaced federal stimulus; and the growing imperative for more intelligent, higher density growth to sustain a livable planet. These themes are explored through architectural, suburban and urban examples.

Leo E. Argiris, Principal, Arup Group, New York, NY
Towards a Sustainable Infrastructure
A holistic approach to sustainable development requires us to consider impacts at a number of scales. Much consideration is being given to the energy performance of our existing building stock and the construction of low energy buildings. Equally important in the sustainability puzzle is consideration of the impact of our infrastructure systems. Our transportation networks, resource networks and our planning at the city and region scale have much to contribute towards a more sustainable future. This talk will look at some large scale infrastructure projects and their impact on the sustainability of the neighborhoods they serve.

Jennifer A. Senick, Executive Director, Rutgers Center for Green Building
Behaviorally Robust Green Design
Architectural design is based on assumptions about how a building and its systems will be used. Sometimes those assumptions do not match actual practice. Buildings may fail to perform as planned because operators do not—or cannot—operate the buildings as intended or because occupants sometimes behave differently than designers expect. Post-occupancy evaluation (POE) is the practice of studying a building after it has been occupied to see if the building is meeting its performance objectives, which may be environmental, financial, and social. POE provides valuable feedback on a building's usability and human effects that, in turn, can lead to more behaviorally robust green design. This talk will share examples of the POE work being conducted by the Rutgers Center for Green Building.

Directions to Alexander Library are available at http://maps.rutgers.edu/directions.aspx?id=17
For more information, please visit http://ecologies.rutgers.edu/

Event sponsored by:
* the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
* the Office of Undergraduate Education
* the SAS-Office of International Programs
* Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

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