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When Green is Not an Option but the Law!AIA CES: 2.0 LUs/2.0 HSW/2.0 SD
When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, OCTOBER 3
Where: At The Center
Attendees will receive at check in a free copy of the 90 page Smarter Living exhibition catalog.
The symposium will present speakers from Zurich, Switzerland and New York from the public and private sector who are involved either as public administrators or practitioners in the forefront of today’s struggle and promise for the exhibition's premises of drastically reducing energy consumption in our lives and buildings. In 2008, the citizens of Zurich approved a referendum that set the goal of reducing energy consumption by each person from the current 6,500 watt to 2,000 watt by 2050. The current US consumption is 16,000 watt. Currently, there are 30,000 LEED certified buildings in Switzerland, a country with a population of less than New York City, while there are approximately 6, 000 certified buildings in the entire United States. The presentations and following panel discussion should reveal interesting aspects of different approaches to a common problem. What is being done today needs to be part of the future and in Switzerland, “Green” is no longer an option, it’s the Law!
Stephan Tanner, AIA, Principal Intep, Minneapolis MN.
Dr. Daniel Kurz, Building Department. City of Zurich. Curator and Editor of the exhibition.
Zurich’s concept of the 2000 Watts Society is an ambitious goal and at the same time a powerful and visionary political program. Daniel's presentation concerns the content and current status of this program, which involves both private and public players. It will include examples of planning and building efforts concerning retrofitting public housing, and schools toward that goal.
Laurie Kerr, AIA, Senior Policy Advisor on Buildings and Energy, Mayor’s Office, City of New York
Laurie's presentation will cover New York's plan to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030. Because 75% of New York's greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings, the city is focusing on increased efficiency in buildings, particularly existing ones.
Mathias Heinz, Architect, Partner, pool Architekten, Zurich.
Speaking as a leading designer of sustainable buildings in Switzerland, Mathias will illustrate with his recently completed mixed use project that sustainable Architecture should be an inspiration rather than an impediment to good design. The seven-story wooden structure in Zurich is the first 2000-Watt compatible building in Switzerland that requires its residents to be part of the solution with an art project, ”The Contract”, printed on the façade.
Richard Dattner, FAIA, Principal Dattner Architects, New York.
Richard will explain and illustrate why his firm is a national pioneer of Green design starting with the first modern example of earth sheltered design for the Este Lauder Laboratories in Melville, NY to the Lauder Distribution Center in Lachen, Switzerland where the building code did not allow for air conditioning making it one of the most energy efficient building in Europe. Other projects covered in the presentation will be The Children’s Intake Center and Training Academy that was the first major green demonstration project for the New York City Department of Design and Construction, Dattner‘s Green Schools Guide and Rating System for the NYC School Construction Authority and its first product, the Battery Park City School, The LEED Gold rated new Manhattan 1/2/5 Garage, and Via Verde, an ambitious design for affordable housing.
Cost: free for members; $10 for non-members
A program of the exhibition Smarter Living - The 2000-Watt Society, on view at the Center for Architecture October 1 - 27, 2011. Smarter Living is brought to the United States by the U.S.-wide program ThinkSwiss – Brainstorm the Future in collaboration with Cleantech Switzerland and the City of Zurich.
The presentation of Smarter Living -The 2,000-Watt Society at the Center for Architecture was made possible by Umberto Dindo, Secretary, AIA New York Chapter and Think Swiss, an official program of the Swiss Confederation that promotes exchanges and shares know-how between the USA and Switzerland.
Forum Chriesbach, EAWAG, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology. Architect: Bob Gysin + Partner BGP, Zurich, Photos: Roger Frei, Zurich
at the Center for Architecture, NYC
October 1, 2011, 7-9pm