Designing Sustainable Solutions for a Better Built Environment

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On Wednesday, April 20, 2022, from 3-5 pm, the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities will host “Designing Sustainable Solutions for a Better Built Environment” at the Graduate School of Design in the Gund Hall Piper Auditorium. This event is open to members of the Harvard community. RSVP is not required.

This event features a keynote address by Harvard’s new Vice Provost for Climate and Sustainability, James Stock, followed by six short presentations by GSD faculty, whose exciting research ranges from algae-based biomaterials to urban infrastructure. A five-minute Q&A session will follow each presentation.


Welcome & Opening Remarks by Ali Malkawi, Founding Director of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities
and Sarah Whiting, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Keynote Address

James H. Stock, Vice Provost for Climate and Sustainability

Algae-based Biomaterials for the Built Environment

Martin Bechthold, Kumagai Professor of Architectural Technology

Reshaping Urban Environments
through Infrastructure Design Protocols (Phase 1 + 2)

Rosalea Monacella, Design Critic in Landscape Architecture

Energies of the Night: Nocturnal Public Space and Energy Policy in the Arabian Peninsula

Gareth Doherty, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture

Benefits of Building-level Heat Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies

Holly Samuelson, Associate Professor of Architecture

Evaluating Location-based Sustainability at the Site Level

Carole Turley Voulgaris, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning

The Oasis Effect: Agricultural Practices in Arid Environments

Pablo Pérez-Ramos, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture