Urban Ecosystems: Design by Nature
Monday, October 7
3:15PM - 4:15PM
Austin Convention Center MR 9C
Rushing - Dir, Sustainability
Ecotrust - VP, Forests & Ecosystem Svcs
55-5 Consulting - Principal
International Living Futures Institute - Exec Dir
What if a building or even a whole city operated as cleanly, efficiently and beautifully as nature’s architecture itself? Urban designers now think of the built environment as a central part of nature, and are redesigning cities to enhance the beneficial services nature supplies – sunlight, green space, plant diversity, clean water, and food, among other “urban ecosystem services.”
The Living Building Challenge is the built environment’s most rigorous performance standard, calling for ambitious performance requirements including net zero energy, waste and water. Seattle’s recently completed Bullitt Center is the first urban, commercial building to aspire to the Challenge.
This panel will discuss the sea change in urban design thinking and how that perspective will radically alter human and environmental well-being.
- Event Type:
- AIA Continuing Education Cities USGBC Continuing Education
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