Events

CGBC Research & Innovation Talks: “Evaluating Urban Sustainability”

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, May 10th, Elena Vanz will present on: “Evaluating Urban Sustainability.”
10:00 am – 11:00am
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”.