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Malkawi featured in The Guardian: “How malls and cities are becoming indistinguishable”

Featured in an article in The Guardian, CGBC Director Ali Malkawi explains how the wasteful energy consumption of malls and big box stores can be traced to the 1950’s when reducing fossil fuels was not a priority. In addition, he stressed that outdoor “retail villages” typically have smaller ecological footprints, as their thin structures allow for natural ventilation and daylighting. Read the entire article here.

Harvard GSD: Richard Rogers delivers second annual Harvard CGBC Lecture

The Harvard Graduate School of Design published an account of the CGBC Annual Lecture featuring Richard Rogers on October 18, 2016, an event that continues the Center’s annual tradition of honoring a key leader within the green design and planning movement. Rogers focused his talk on approaching sustainability through the relationships and interactions between buildings and inhabitants.

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Harvard Crimson: Architect Richard Rogers Lectures at the GSD

The Harvard Crimson gives an account of the CGBC Annual Lecture featuring Richard Rogers on October 18, 2016, an event that continues the Center’s annual lecture series which convenes leaders from industry and academia to discuss pressing questions for the fields of sustainability and design. In this talk, Rogers drew upon his life experiences, his varied projects and ideas about the impact of architecture on the environment.

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Harvard Crimson: Architect Norman Foster Lectures at the School of Design

The Harvard Crimson gives an account of the CGBC Inaugural Lecture featuring Lord Norman Foster on November 5, 2015, an event that formally introduced the Center’s annual lecture that convenes leaders from industry and academia to discuss pressing questions for the fields of sustainability and design. In the talk, Foster drew upon his life experiences, his varied projects and ideas about the impact of architecture on the environment.
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Press Release: Address By Renowned Architect Norman Foster Keynotes Two-Day Event

Renowned architect Lord Norman Foster, the Pritzker Prize winner whose numerous iconic projects include Germany’s Reichstag, London’s Millennium Bridge, and the world’s largest airport terminal (Beijing), on Thursday, November 5, will keynote a two-day conference marking the one-year anniversary of Harvard’s Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC) at the university’s Graduate School of Design (GSD), Professor Ali Malkawi, the Center’s Founding Director announced.

Prof. Malkawi, whose Center has achieved considerable success in advancing its interdisciplinary, energy efficiency research mission in its first year of operation, noted that Lord Foster’s much-anticipated keynote would be followed on November 6 by a half-day seminar on ‘Sustainability in Scandinavia’ (Piper Auditorium).

“We are honored to recognize and celebrate our first year by not only hosting Lord Foster, founder of the firm Foster + Partners and one of the most influential figures in modern architectural design and urban master planning,” explained Prof. Malkawi, “but also focusing with the help of leading practitioners and scholars on the innovative, integrated sustainability efforts underway in Scandinavia.”

Underscoring the importance of Lord Foster’s presentation and contributions to global design and scholarship, Prof. Malkawi noted that Foster + Partners has pioneered a transformative design approach driven by sustainability over several decades. His practice, which has earned over 700 prestigious awards for design excellence, is distinguished for its deftness at integrating advanced technology with cultural and environmental concerns. London’s Great Court at the British Museum and the stunning steel-and-glass 30 St. Mary Axe building (aka the Gherkin), the Hearst Tower in Manhattan, and Wembley Stadium are among the firm’s timeless designs and initiatives. Some of its concepts are literally out of this world; notably work for the European Space Agency’s lunar habitation project and design studies for NASA’s Mars exploration environment.

Lord Foster, honored to be the first keynote in what will become an annual event for the Center, said: “Issues of consuming, conserving, and harvesting energy affect the design of buildings and the infrastructure of transport and public spaces that bind them together. Cities are a fusion of these individual structures and the collective systems that move people and goods between them. These two entities when combined amount for around three quarters of the energy consumed in an industrialized society and it is this relationship that holds the key to a sustainable future.” He noted that almost 70% of the global population will be urbanized by 2050.

Prof. Malkawi, a foremost authority on high-performance, energy-efficient buildings, and a professor of architectural technology in addition to directing the Center, added, “from our evolving –eventually a net- zero energy structure— living laboratory headquarters in a 1925 residence at 20 Sumner Road in Cambridge, we are informing sustainable design strategies—from infrastructure to building systems, engineering to design—so it is fitting that Lord Foster is our first keynote speaker and that we are focusing on exciting projects underway in Norway, Denmark, and Sweden.”

The Scandinavian-focused event will feature principal architects from firms Snohetta, Helen & Hard, Element Architects, Christensen & Co., Mikkelsen Group, Vandkunsten, White Arkitikter, and City Architects of Stockholm, and introductions from leading academicians Marius Nygaard (Norway), Anne Beim (Denmark), and Erik Stenberg (Sweden) who will offer perspective and ground the projects in a larger discussion. “Scandinavia has a unique regional practice that integrates technology, culture, and design,” said Prof. Malkawi. “We will highlight how they’ve pushed the limits of this approach to define and pioneer the cutting edge.”

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Environment@Harvard: Profile of Founding Director Ali Malkawi

Writer and scholar Mariel Wolfson profiles Founding Director Ali Malkawi in a wide-ranging article for the latest issue of Environment@Harvard, an annual newsletter published by the Harvard University Center for the Environment.  The author spotlights Malkawi’s intellectual development, international scope and local sensitivities in the field of sustainable design.

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Architect’s Newspaper: Greened House

Featured in the Architect’s Newspaper, CGBC Founding Director Ali Malkawi explains the rational behind choosing a sleepy 1940s house as headquarters and emphasizes the importance of “asking the right questions” and design that can drive the discussion.

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Harvard Magazine: The Challenges of Greener Cities

The Harvard Magazine gives an account of the CGBC Inaugural Challenge Conference on November 7, 2014, an event that formally introduced the Center and convened leaders from industry and academia to discuss pressing questions for the fields of sustainability and design.

The event featured James Carpenter of James Carpenter Design Associates; Alejandro Murat, CEO of INFONAVIT; Joshua Prince-Ramus, Principal of REX; Daniel Nocera, Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy in Harvard’s Department of Chemistry; Gordon Gill of Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture; Phil Harrison, CEO of Perkins and Will; and other special guests.  President Drew Gilpin Faust, GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, and Harvard CGBC Director Ali Malkawi introduced the conversation.

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Harvard Magazine: Greener Buildings and Cities

In an interview with Harvard Magazine, the Founding Director of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, Ali Malkawi, explains the Center’s scope and emphasizes its main initiatives. Malkawi also underlines the Center’s next “giant task,” which “involves rethinking established design and construction processes, revising specifications-based building codes to emphasize lifetime performance and outcome-oriented standards, and retraining inspectors—all across one of the world’s largest industries and the spectrum of human habitations.”

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