August 7, 2020
Tools and Resources from the Metropolis Perspective: Sustainability Symposium
The Metropolis Perspective: Sustainability Symposium yielded deep conversations and plenty of insight into deepening the practice of sustainable design.
This year Metropolis’s Perspective: Sustainability Symposium was held virtually, allowing for members of the architecture and design community across North America and around the world to participate in deep, forward-looking conversations around sustainable design.
The three conversations, held on July 27, 28, and 29, tackled the emergence of new technologies for sustainability, the power of reuse, and strategies for designing with water. Leaders from BNIM, CannonDesign, DPR Construction, HKS, ILFI, Mithun, Perkins and Will, SmithGroup, The Miller Hull Partnership, WRNS Studio, and other organizations offered their insight and thought leadership. They also shared resources useful for deepening the practice of sustainable design.
Below we have compiled a selection of the tools, resources, and opportunities for further reading that arose during our discussions.
Technologies for Sustainability
Sustainable architecture, design, and construction today is supported by software at every stage. New tools are constantly being developed to address specific needs, like sustainable specification, embodied carbon calculations, and building performance analytics. What types of digital technologies are most useful right now, in the fight against climate change, and where might future opportunities lie?
Reuse and Renovation
Existing buildings are an enormous potential sustainable resource. With the right design and construction decisions, they can be improved and adapted at very little cost to the environment and can then be operated at a high level of efficiency. What are the best strategies for sustainable adaptive reuse and renovation?
Working with Water
Water is a fundamental element of sustainable architecture and design. While different parts of the United States deal with droughts and floods, communities in other areas lack access to clean water. The building sector accounts for 12% of all the water consumed in the United States, so how can we use architecture and design to bring both efficiency and equity to water use?
AIA’s “Designing for Water”:
The July 2020 Metropolis Perspective: Sustainability symposium was sponsored by Armstrong Ceiling and Wall Solutions and Tarkett
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