Live Event: Design for Climate Action: AIA – ACSA Intersections Symposium 2020
Take Action to address climate and the built environment AND earn HSW credit! Join us live, July 28 and 29, 4:00-5:30 pm ET, for Design for Climate Action: Intersections Symposium. Each session will share important research, which Intersects Practice and Academia, and can lead to new ways of addressing the critical issues of climate change.
Selected from more than 120 blind, peer-reviewed projects, the eight projects featured in this symposium have been curated by our Co-Chairs, Phoebe Crisman, AIA, and Kyle Konis, AIA into dynamic, 90-minute sessions. Each session will feature important findings, presented in brief PPT presentations, followed by a moderated discussion and audience Q&A.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 4:00-5:30 pm (EDT)
Achieving Climate Action through Practice, Academia, & Policy
Join us and see how COLLABORATION and REENVISIONING across practice, academia, community, and government can be part of the answer to climate change. Ashlie Latiolais, AIA, shares her work in New Iberia, LA. She suggests new modes and methods of architectural practice and education to inspire a new generation of architects to re-imagine conventional deliverables in architectural community work. Richard Mohler, AIA, describes the climate and social equity challenges created by single-family zoning. He shares the results from a collaboration of his University of Washington design studio, AIA Seattle, and city government to revise public policy to be more aligned with the city’s climate and social equity goals. Designer Sasha Plotnikova illustrates how designing for de-growth presents an alternative model to conventional US urban development practices. She gives architects a way to help foster and realize community-based visions of equitable development that is also climate-responsive design. Ann Yoachim shares the work of Tulane’s community design center as a case study. Increased intensity of weather events and failing infrastructure have resulted in regular flooding of streets, homes, and businesses (including the center itself). Responding to immediate needs and planning for potential climate futures are often in conflict, so an engaged design process, related and unique projects, and research offer architecture practice and education an opportunity to respond. Join us for a lively discussion developing effective changes in practice, policy, and education, to realize climate action.
Wednesday, July 29, 4:00-5:30 pm (EDT)
Designing Across Scales for Climate Action
Today, designers are tackling climate action across a range of scales. Learn about four projects that address material exploration, buildings and systems, landscapes and habitats, and infrastructure. The Pulp studio, by Stephanie Davidson, uses recycled cellulose-based materials to cast temporary, biodegradable, thin-shell structures. She asks designers to see materials as responsive, constantly transforming, and asks them to consider where materials come from and where they end up, when making design decisions. The Pollinators Pavilion by architect Ariane Harrison seeks a larger role for architecture in environmental activism and focuses on biodiversity conservation and materials exploration. She uses artificial intelligence and automated scientific monitoring strategies to create and analyze habitat systems and increase building awareness. Award-winning Salty Urbanism presented by Jeffrey Huber, AIA, features projects in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and Venice, California. These projects use coastal-hazard adaptation approaches and a design framework for urban areas to address economic, engineering, environmental, and quality of life issues. Finally, landscape architect Zaneta Hong’s studio research demonstrates how changes in agricultural practices and food systems could address growing global populations and impact climate change, while defining roles of architects and designers in transforming future landscapes and material systems.