THE HANS AND ROGER STRAUCH SYMPOSIUM ON SUSTAINABLE DESIGN 2013 DESIGN FOR BIODIVERSITY Architectural Responses to Urban Ecology February 1 - 2, 2013 Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium, Milstein Hall Department of Architecture, Cornell University More details at aap.cornell.edu/arch/events Since its emergence in the 1970s, the field of Urban Ecology has investigated relations between living organisms and their urban environments, and has primarily addressed the city at the scale of urban planning. Within this framework, architecture, at the building scale, has thus far not been extensively tackled. How might architecture actively support multi-species habitats? Can these habitats help us replace existing, fossil fuel dependent, mechanistic systems with low impact, ecologically integrated systems that leverage natural sources? How does reimagining the city in this way change how we think about urban form and phenomenology? And finally, what are the appropriate models to study? This year’s Strauch Symposium will address these questions by focusing on the extended threshold between building and environment. In all ecosystems, such zones are the locus of dynamic change driven by evolutionary pressures that emerge at the boundaries of established hierarchies of energy and material transformation. Such places are, by definition, the ideal location for architectural intervention. *** Friday, February 1, 5:00pm KEYNOTE LECTURE Michael Wells Biodiversity By Design “Biodiverse Urban Design in Theory and Practice” Saturday, February 2, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm SESSION 1 The Bigger Picture: Aims and Actions in Urban Ecology Michael Hensel - Oslo School of Architecture and Design Kevin Pratt - Cornell University Department of Architecture Marianne Krasny - Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab SESSION 2 Boundary Conditions: The Building Envelope as Extended Threshold Jeffrey Turko - NEKTON Studio Philip Beesley - Philip Beesley Architect Inc. Mitchell Joachim + Maria Aiolova - TerreformONE SESSION 3 Multi-scalar Architectures: Design Ecologies from Micro to Macro Jenny Sabin + Shu Yang - Cornell University Department of Architecture; University of Pennsylvania Department of Materials Science and Engineering Birger Sevaldson + Søren Sørensen - Oslo School of Architecture and Design Alexander Felsen - Yale University Urban Ecology and Design Lab *** Organizers: Jenny Sabin - Department of Architecture, Cornell University Kevin Pratt - Department of Architecture, Cornell University Michael Hensel - Oslo School of Architecture and Design This event is organized by the Department of Architecture, Cornell University and the Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics, Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Funding is provided by a gift to Cornell’s Department of Architecture by Roger and Hans Strauch.
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