Events

CGBC Research & Innovation Talks: “Ecological Urbanism Metric Systems (EUMS)”

The Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities will present a series of Research & Innovation Talks. Given by members of the CGBC Research Team, talks will highlight and discuss projects underway at the Center.

On Tuesday, December 16th, Elena Vanz will present on: “Ecological Urbanism Metric Systems (EUMS).”
1:15 pm – 2:15pm
20 Sumner Road, Room 1D
Refreshments will be provided.
Talks are open to members of the Harvard community. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Jeff Fitton (jfitton@gsd.harvard.edu).

Elena Vanz, Ph.D., Post Doctoral Fellow »
Elena_webElena was previously a researcher at the Future Cities Laboratory Singapore-ETH Center in the Simulation Platform Research Module focusing on interactive visualizations of historical energy consumption patterns in Singapore and Indonesia, enabling forecasts and planning for future sustainable settlements. Over the past eight years, Elena has taught and researched at various universities such as Columbia University (NYC), The State University at Buffalo (NY), QUT (Brisbane), UTS (Sydney) and UoM (Melbourne). She also taught in various traveling design studios with Erfurt University (Germany), CUHK (Hong Kong), and UC (Chile). Since 2006, Elena has collaborated and worked as an Architect and Urban Designer for international companies including Vanz s.r.l. Building Construction Company (Italy), Planorma (Lisbon), 9Ren New Energy Group (NY), and GHD-Austalia (Brisbane). Elena obtained her Master in Architecture at IUAV (Italy), her Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design and Advanced Research Degree at Columbia University (NYC). She obtained her PhD in Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Melbourne, focusing on the topic of Design and Environmental Technology and Energy Harvesting from kinetics, considering applications in the built environment, and investigating the potential of user contribution to energy generation, as opposed to a passive role as energy consumer. The thesis led to the patenting of a “small-scale off-grid energy generation system performing in real-time”.

Harvard Global Institute Symposium: Climate Change and the Developing World

On Wednesday, November 16, President Drew G. Faust, the Harvard Global Institute, and the Harvard University Center for the Environment will present the symposium, “Climate Change and the Developing World.” Rebecca Henderson, John and Natty McArthur University Professor; Jennifer Leaning, Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights; and Dan Schrag, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology and Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, will moderate panel discussions on urbanization and adaptation, food and water security, and creating solutions. This event is for faculty only.

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HSPH Sustainability in Health Leadership Series: Bernstein, Henriksen & Blackmon

On Wednesday, November 9, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) will host Dr. Aaron Bernstein, Assistant Director of Center for Health and the Global Environment, Heather Henriksen, Director of Harvard University Office of Sustainability, and Austin Blackmon, Chief of the Environment Energy and Open Spaces in the City of Boston, who will lead a talk entitled “Local Sustainability: Climate and Health at Harvard and in Boston” at Harvard. This talk is part of the Sustainability in Health Leadership series, which seeks to showcase the latest research techniques and highlight opportunities to connect with leaders in global businesses and governments who are focused on the connection between people, their health, and their surroundings.

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Zofnass Program: Planning Sustainable Cities Conference

On November 3-4, the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure will host the Planning Sustainable Cities Conference at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. The conference aims to present an infrastructure-based approach to city planning, an analytical framework for urban sustainability, focusing on the services and performance of infrastructure systems. This conference will serve as the launch of the latest Zofnass Program publication ‘Planning Sustainable Cities. An Infrastructure-based Approach,’ directed and edited by Prof. Spiro Pollalis.

The conference aims to decode in different sessions the key infrastructure systems of Energy, Landscape, Transportation, Waste, Water, Information and Food, to explore their synergies through land use planning, engineering, economics and policy. The conference sessions are modeled according to the key infrastructure systems delineated in the Planning Sustainable Cities book.

This event will convene city planners, leaders in infrastructure development, designers, engineers, experts, academics, and public officials to share perspectives on sustainable city planning as well as to discuss the proposed infrastructure-based planning approach for sustainable cities.

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CGBC Research & Innovation Talks: “Energy Demand Forecasting”

The Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities will present a series of Research & Innovation Talks. Given by members of the CGBC Research Team, talks will highlight and discuss projects underway at the Center.

On Tuesday, November 1st, Bin Yan will present on: “Energy Demand Forecasting: Model development, uncertainty analysis and forecasting.”
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
20 Sumner Road, Room 1D
Refreshments will be provided.
Talks are open to members of the Harvard community. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Jeff Fitton (jfitton@gsd.harvard.edu).

Bin Yan, Ph.D., Post Doctoral Fellow
Bin’s primary research areas are building simulation, HVAC system fault detection, and data analytics for buildings and systems. Her recent research projects include quantifying uncertainties in HVAC system operations, and developing data-oriented models to predict building energy demand and HVAC system performance for the purpose of decision-making. Bin received both her Bachelor and Master of Engineering from Tsinghua University. She received her PhD degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she conducted a dissertation on “A Bayesian Approach for Predicting Building Cooling and Heating Consumption and Applications in Fault Detection.

HSPH Sustainability in Health Leadership Series: Bernstein & Mandyck

On Wednesday, October 26, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) will host Dr. Aaron Bernstein, Assistant Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, and John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer of United Technologies, who will lead a talk entitled “Sustainable Urbanization: the Future of Aviation, Buildings and Food” at Harvard. This talk is one in the Sustainability in Health Leadership series, which seeks to showcase the latest research techniques and highlight opportunities to connect with leaders in global businesses and governments who are focused on the connection between people, their health, and their surroundings.

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Science & Democracy Lecture: Rachel Kyte

On Tuesday, October 18, Rachel Kyte, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, will deliver a lecture entitled “Looking Up: How coalitions of bottom-up organizations are driving action for sustainable development” at Emerson Hall. Kyte will discuss how the work of organizations can accelerate the national energy plans that countries around the world are currently putting into action. This event is the latest installment of the STS Program’s Science & Democracy series and will be followed by discussion with experts: William Clark,  Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development at Harvard Kennedy School; Henry Lee, CGBC Advisory board member and Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Program at Harvard Kennedy School; and Michael Mehling, Executive Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR), MIT.

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SAI Urbanization Seminar: “Urbanization in South Asia”

On Monday, October 17, the Harvard South Asia Institute will present an urbanization seminar entitled “Urbanization in South Asia: Conversations from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.” This panel, listed below, brings together three urban scholars and practitioners from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, and it deals with the contemporary challenges facing rapid urbanization in South Asia. This panel presents a unique opportunity to have a cross-cutting conversation across South Asian countries to both situate their planning experiences in their specific contexts, but to also ask if there are any commonalities about the South Asian urban experience. It is also a chance to learn about design and planning practices from across neighboring boundaries.

Dr. A Ravindra, Chairman, Institute for Social & Economic Change, Bangalore

Adnan Morshed, Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Planning, the Catholic University of America 

Mubbashir RizviAssistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Georgetown University

Chair: Sai BalakrishnanAssistant Professor in Urban Planning, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

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GSD Symposium on Architecture: “Anachronometrics”

On Friday, October 14, the Graduate School of Design will present a symposium sponsored by the CGBC on “Anachronometrics,” a neologism denoting an act of temporal displacement in which one seizes on the future or past as a point of comparison, to emphasize differences. A series of talks by GSD faculty and conversations will examine the relationships that contemporary architects and commentators on architecture have established between history and practice. This last episode of the Symposium on Architecture: “All that is Solid . . . ” organized by Iñaki Ábalos, CGBC affiliate and Professor in Residence of Architecture, which has explored issues that architects face in the process of designing buildings.

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HSPH Sustainability For Health Leadership Series: Rachel Gutter & Kelly McCarthy

On Wednesday, October 12, the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) will host Rachel Gutter, Director, Center for Green Schools, and Kelly McCarthy, Senior Manager of Global Impact Investing Network, who will lead a talk entitled “Etymology of a Movement: Center for Green Schools and Global Impact Investment Network” at Harvard. This talk is one in the Sustainability in Health Leadership series, which seeks to showcase the latest research techniques and highlight opportunities to connect with leaders in global businesses and governments who are focused on the connection between people, their health, and their surroundings.

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