CGBC Lecture Series: Benjamín Romano on “Integrating Flow in High Rise Structures”

Romano2Location: Gund Hall, Room 111
48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Questions? Please contact Jeff Fitton (
Audience: This event is open to the public.

Benjamín Romano is a Mexico City-based architect and the founder of the firm, LBR&A Arquitectos. He was the lead architect of Torre Reforma—the second-tallest building in Mexico—a 57-story exposed concrete high-rise that overlooks the expansive Chapultepec Park. LBR&A Arquitectos has been involved in office, residential, cultural and industrial projects across Mexico City and beyond. The firm is known for its attention to contemporary design, high-tech and sustainable solutions, and flexibility in space.

Romano finished his first construction project, two manufacturing plants for the apparel industry in Hidalgo, Mexico, in 1978, while completing his bachelor’s degree in Architecture & Urbanism from Universidad Iberoamericana. He has taught in various capacities at the Universidad Iberoamericana since 1982, and lectured worldwide.

Romano is currently an Expert in Residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Visiting Affiliated Faculty Member at the CGBC.

China Project Lecture: Barbara Finamore on “Building Energy Efficiency in China”

On Thursday, March 23, 2017, the Harvard China Project will present a lecture entitled “Building Energy Efficiency in China: Policies and Trends” by Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cites is sponsoring the event. Read more here.

JCHS Lecture: Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh

On Monday, March 20, the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies will present the 17th Annual John T. Dunlop Lecture by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Since taking office in 2014, Walsh, a former leader of Boston’s construction trade unions and a former state representative, has made housing and community development central to his efforts to ensure that Boston is a “thriving, healthy, and innovative” city with “equality and opportunity for all.”

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Harvard China Project: Urbanization, Built Environment and Indoor Air in China

On Thursday, March 2, 2017, the Harvard China Project will present a lecture event entitled “Urbanization, Built Environment and Indoor Air in China” by Gary Adamkiewicz, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health and Exposure Disparities, Department of Environment Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Adamkiewicz will discuss how trends in urbanization and the climate effect indoor air quality in cities across China. The event is also sponsored by the Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Read more here.

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 (

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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