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Mon 07.11.2011

Oculus Book Talk: Dickson Despommier, The Vertical Farm

AIA CES: 1.5 LUs / 1.5 HSW / 1.5 SD

When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, JULY 11

Where: At The Center   

Renowned Columbia University professor Dr. Dickson Despommier has the vision to change society as we know it. Lauded around the world, for developing the concept and championing the idea of vertical farming, Despommier now presents his revolutionary ideas in his new book, THE VERTICAL FARM: Feeding the World in the 21st Century. Dr. Despommier will address challenges of rapid population growth, climate change, and dwindling resources, and alternative sources of food, water, and energy to meet the world’s ever-growing demands for these necessities. Moving our agricultural systems into high-rise city buildings, says Despommier, would transform the way we grow fruit, vegetables, poultry, and fish, and alleviate many of the serious environmental problems we are currently facing.

Dr. Dickson Despommier spent thirty-eight years as a professor at Columbia University, where he won the Best Teacher Award six times and received the national 2003 American Medical Student Association Golden Apple Award for teaching. The author is a seasoned public speaker, having addressed professional audiences at leading universities throughout the world. Despommier is a veteran of appearances on The Colbert Report and The Discovery Channel. He recently spoke at the TED Conference, Pop!Tech, and the World Science Festival and has been invited by the governments of China, India, Mexico, Jordan, Canada, and Korea to work on environmental problems. He is one of the visionaries featured at the Chicago Museum of Science and Technology. Despommier lives in Fort Lee, NJ.

Free for members; $10 for non-members - PURCHASE A TICKET IN ADVANCE

Organized by: AIANY Oculus Committee


About Oculus Book Talks:

Each month, the AIA NY's Oculus Committee presents a Book Talk at the Center for Architecture. Each Oculus Book Talk highlights a recent publication on architecture, design, or the built environment--presented by the author. The Book Talks are a forum for dialogue and discussion, and copies of the publications are available for sale and signing.

2011 Oculus Series:
1/10  Carl Stein, Greening Modernism
2/23  Josette Broderick, Triumverate:
3/14  Tony Hiss, In Motion
4/11  Wytold Rybczynski, Makeshift Metropolis
5/18  Mark Foster Gage, Composites, Surfaces, and Software - High Performance Architecture
6/22  Michael Crosbie, New York Dozen: Gen X Architects
7/11  Dickson Despommier, The Vertical Farm 
8/25  Hans Venhuizen, Game Urbanism
9/15  James Russell, The Agile City: Building Well-Being and Wealth in a Climate Change Era
10/25 David Byrne & Janette Sadik-Khan, Bicycle Diaries
11/3   Blair Kamin, Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultuous Age
12/12 Bjarke Ingels, Yes is More!



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