Emergency Teach-In: The 2010 Imperative

January 1, 2007 · by DesignIntelligence

The issue couldn’t be more pressing, the message more prescient, this urgent need to curtail our CO2 output. In response to this urgency, Architecture 2030 – issuers of the 2030 challenge for carbon neutrality in the built environment – has partnered with AmericaSpeaks to host the Global Emergency “Teach-in.”

Sponsored by The American Institute of Architects (AIA); U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC); New York Academy of Sciences; Rockefeller Brothers Fund; AIA Large Firm Roundtable; and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); the Teach-in, called the “2010 Imperative” will be web-cast live from New York, in February.

Taking place before a live studio audience and broadcast simultaneously in Spanish and Portuguese, the web-cast will feature panelist and leaders in the forefront of design innovation and climate change. DFC Senior Fellows, Dr. Chris Luebkeman, Director of Arup’s Global Foresight + Innovation Initiative, and Edward Mazria, Founder of Architecture 2030, will join Susan Szenasy, editor in Chief of Metropolis magazine, and Dr. James Hansen, Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, for presentations, panels, an extensive, real-time question and answer session, and an action-oriented implementation session.

Focusing on professionals and academics in planning, engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, industrial design, and other design disciplines, this free Teach-in will address how designers have inadvertently contributed to the crisis of global warming and focus on steps towards affecting a rapid, and imperative, transformation of the entire design and design education community.

The global reach of the Teach-in will challenge designers and professionals to implement climate-change science, and mitigation and adaptation strategies into their offices and design solutions. This highly interactive exchange will allow all involved, participants and presenters, to educate and enrich their understanding, and underscores the global necessity for immediate action.

The Teach-in is open to all and will take place on February 20, 2007 from noon to 3 p.m. EST. To register for and/or participate in the Global Emergency Teach-In, the “2010 Imperative,” visit www.2010imperative.org. More information is also available by contacting Architecture 2030 Director, Kristina Kershner, at kershner@architecture2030.org.

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