CLIMATE CHANGE IS THE FUNDAMENTAL DESIGN PROBLEM OF OUR TIME!NOT STYLE, NOT FEES, NOT EDUCATION, NOT COMMUNITY, NOT HEALTH, NOT JUSTICE. ALL OTHER CONCERNS, MANY OF THEM PROFOUNDLY IMPORTANT, ARE NONETHELESS ANCILLARY.
THE THREAT CLIMATE CHANGE POSES IS EXISTENTIAL, AND BUILDINGS ARE HUGELY COMPLICIT—EVEN MORE SO THAN THAT STOCK CULPRIT, THE AUTOMOBILE.
As every architect should know, buildings consume some 40% of the energy in the U.S. annually, and they emit nearly half of the carbon dioxide (CO2), through Greenfield development, cement and the burning of fossil fuels such as oil, gas, and coal. Because CO2 traps solar energy in the atmosphere, thereby heating the planet, it is the chief agent of climate change, making buildings—and by association, the architecture profession—profoundly responsible.
Architects face a choice: to remake the built environment so that it produces no CO2, or to carry on, business as usual, and live with the consequences.
The World at Stake
The effects of climate change are increasingly self-evident, and costly. Hurricanes took lives and destroyed communities. People remained without power and many of them lacked access to fresh water.
Across the globe and in Romania too, higher temperatures are contributing to record heat waves and droughts, rising sea levels, more intense storms, wildfires, and floods, and other extreme conditions.
Even if humanity was to immediately stop releasing CO2, the climate would continue to change because the greenhouse gases that we have already dumped into the atmosphere could take millennia to dissipate. But that doesn’t mean we can throw up our hands and ignore the problem. The sober reaction is to pursue both mitigation, in order to minimize emissions, as well as resilience, to bolster cities, towns, buildings, and infrastructure so they can endure the storms to come.
And if we don’t reduce CO2 emissions? Imagine, by the end of the century, a level flood inundating every two weeks, Dust Bowl–intensity drought in the Southern part of Romania that is increasing. Such catastrophic scenarios are not hyperbole, but probable consequences of inaction.
In this regard the professors from University of the Canyons will explain how resilient strategies made a difference!
Our training is focused on:
- The exciting opportunity of the Danube Region to begin establishing itself as a progressive leader in responding to both local and global environmental impacts Resiliency and Adaptation strategies. Ideas and methods for mitigating the impacts of climate change
- California, a focal-point in the collective effort to actively pursue carbon negative solutions for building design and construction
- Biophilic design, an integrative approach that fuses together the natural world and built environments so as to contribute to the long-term health and productivity of people
- Overview of the climate change mitigation design and construction concepts as well as specific considerations for pursuing resiliency in the Danube Region.
- INTRODUCTORY REMARKS
- Costin LIANU, General Manager USH Pro Business & Prorector International Relations „Spiru Haret” University
- PRESENTATION OF THE ROMANIAN CLUSTERS IN CONSTRUCTION (Zero Energy), HEALTH (One Health), ORGANIC FOOD (Inter-Bio), ENERGY(CERMAND)
- Cezar CALEAP/Vice-president smart cluster „ZERO ENERGY”
- Virgil NADOLU/ Counselor at One Health New Medical Concept
- Albert IMRE /Vice-resident Inter-Bio association
- Prof. PhD. Eng. Nicolae OLARIU/ President SUNE New Energy Sources Employers Association, managerial entity of the CERMAND cluster
- PARALLEL BETWEEN POLICIES REGARDING GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE BETWEEN CALIFORNIA AND EUROPE
- Dan RADULESCU/ Californian professional engineering
- MITIGATING CLIMATE CHANGE: ONE DESIGN AT A TIMEENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY: A DAILY DECISION THROUGH INTERNATIONAL DESIGN
- Jason OLIVER, Professor & Department Chair-Architecture and Interior Design program College of the Canyons
- Holly HITT-ZUNIGA, Professor Assistant of Interior Design College of the Canyons
19:30-20:00 Conclusions. Q&A session
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
- Architecture & Design students or graduates interested in the topics presented
- Architects & Urban designers
- Entrepreneurs in the fields of architecture, urbanism, constructions, etc
- Academic environment in the fields of architecture, urbanism, constructions, etc
- To inform you about the topics presented
- Get industry updates from experts
- The University of Canyons is for the first time in Romania, through the project presented
- Because YOU CAN BE PART OF THIS PROJECT TOO!
WHEN? WHERE? HOW?
- The workshop is in English and will take place on July 12, 2021, 18:00PM at the headquarters of USH Pro Business Center located on 13 Ion Ghica street, floor 2nd , district 3, Bucharest (Universitate area)
- The participation is FREE
- For physical presence, we mention that the conference room has a limited number of seats due to the CORONAVIRUS restriction. In order to confirm the participation you submit the Registration Form by July 9, 2021.
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