Events

Harvard GSD Lecture: Kate Orff, “Toward an Urban Ecology”

On Tuesday, February 21, the Harvard Graduate School of Design will present a lecture by acclaimed architect Kate Orff entitled “Toward an Urban Ecology,” about her approach to sustainable architecture and design. Orff and her firm, SCAPE, re-conceives urban landscape design as a form of activism, demonstrating how to move beyond familiar ways of thinking about environmental, urban, and social issues as separate domains; instead employing a synthesis of practice to create a truly urban ecology. A range of participatory and science-based strategies will be discussed and shown in the lecture through the lens of the office’s work, featuring projects, collaborators, and design methods that advance urban ecological design.

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Harvard Aga Khan Program Lecture: Bijoy Jain, “Lore”

On Tuesday, February 14, the Agha Khan Program for Islamic Architecture will present a lecture entitled “Lore,” by award-winning sustainable architect Bijoy Jain. His firm, Studio Mumbai, works with a human infrastructure of skilled artisans, technicians, and draftsmen who design and build their work directly with careful consideration of place and practice, drawing from traditional skills, local building techniques and materials to create sustainable buildings for individual environments.

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Harvard China Project: Nobel laureate Mario Molina on air quality in megacities

On Wednesday, February 8, the Harvard China Project will present a special lecture event entitled “Air Quality in Megacities: From Mexico City to Beijing” by Mario J. Molina, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1995; Distinguished Professor, UC San Diego; Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Molina will discuss how trends in urbanization and the climate effect air quality in cities across the world. The event is also sponsored by the Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; and Harvard Global Institute.

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Harvard China Project: Climate change, urbanization and rainfall in China

On Wednesday, February 1 the Harvard China Project will present a research seminar entitled “Impact of Climate Change and Urbanization Effect on Extremely Heavy Rainfalls in Megacities in China,” lead by Ding Yihui, Professor and Special Advisor on Climate Change, China Meteorological Administration; Vice-Chairman, China Expert Panel on Climate Change. Yihui will disccus the effect of Chinese urbanization on the enhanced frequency and intensity of extremely intense rainfall events, possibly leading to increase in disastrous risks caused by urban heavy rainfalls.

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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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