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The Committee on Design (COD) was founded to promote design excellence among members of the AIA, the broader design community, and the public at large, both nationally and internationally.

2022 COD Conferences

The next domestic conference is scheduled for Wednesday, October 19 thru Sunday, October 23 in Los Angeles.  An international conference is not planned for 2022 or 2023.

National Building Museum webinar on 28 June: Urban Sequoia & Design Leadership for Climate Action

  • 1.  National Building Museum webinar on 28 June: Urban Sequoia & Design Leadership for Climate Action

    Posted 06-22-2022 10:58 AM
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    I'm looking forward to joining a discussion on 28 June that is part of the National Building Museum's Climate ABC webinar series. We'll be talking about the Urban Sequoia concept developed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM).

    Taking inspiration from natural processes and ecosystems, Urban Sequoia envisions "forests" of buildings that create a new carbon-removal economy and a resilient future for cities. Remember William McDonough and Michael Braungart on "buildings like trees and cities like forests" (2002), and the scheme that McDonough and his team created for Fortune in 2005? This team, too, is inspired by the ingenuity of natural systems. And the conversation and technology has advanced since then -- and the urgency for climate action is greater. Schemes like this offer promise -- and a roadmap -- for buildngs of all scales. It's time for the built environment community to lead on climate action in a big way, including being a proactive part of the carbon removal economy.

    The concept will be discussed by Yasemin Kologlu, design director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); Christopher Neidl, co-founder, OpenAir; Wil V. Srubar III, PhD, associate professor, University of Colorado Boulder, founder and managing director, Aureus Earth; and me (writer/consultant/senior fellow with Architecture 2030), with moderator Chris Cooper FAIA, LEED AP, of SOM.

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    rendering: SOM | Miysis

    NBM Climate ABC sponsors include Holcim and C40 Cities

    Kira Gould Hon. AIA
    Kira Gould CONNECT
    Oakland CA
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