Year of Gathering: Extending the Life of Outdoor Campus Spaces
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Campuses have traditionally been exemplary spaces to gather – places of learning, collaboration, research, and collegiality. Under the current circumstances, all those wonderful places for incubation are fraught and yet, we have a deep desire to connect in person, while at a distance and benefit from shared experiences. This fall colleges and universities are welcoming students back to campus for in-person learning and are searching for additional places to teach, conduct meetings, and comfortable places to study alone or together that will allow for social distancing. How can the existing outdoor spaces on campus meet those needs? How can these spaces help solve the immediate crisis and how can they be designed to be more flexible and accommodating in the future?
Julie Bush, ASLA, Principal, Ground Reconsidered
Lee Alison Clark, AIA, Senior Associate, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Andrew J. Milne, PhD, Principal Consultant, Sextant Group
How Sustainable Are Covid-19 Mitigation Strategies for Buildings?
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 -
8:00am to 9:30am
A conclusion to our conversation series New Perspectives on Health & Well-being features a discussion between Dr. Joseph G. Allen (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) and the series’ building industry experts.
Over eight weeks of early Tuesday morning conversations, industry experts presented an overview of a specific COVID-19 mitigation topic, through a sustainability lens. The conversations with attendees that followed addressed issues like what building owners are asking for, which solutions are proving most effective, and how these strategies measure up against various sustainability imperatives. In addition to the priority of human health through reduced viral transmission, we discussed the long-term impacts on health (like ozone and UV exposure), the environment (like GHG emissions from increased energy use), and the economy (capital as well as operational cost).
Optimally, building industry professionals in practice look holistically at all aspects of impact when making decisions. So to close the conversation series, we are bringing back all of our industry expert presenters for a final 90-minute discussion. Dr. Allen will begin with an introductory 15-minute presentation to set the stage for over an hour of discussion with the previous presenters and the building engineering and design community at large. Please join us as we debate the merits of various COVID-19 mitigation strategies, their sustainability impacts, and suggestions for moving forward addressing health and sustainability in the built environment.
This Panel Will Feature…
Air Filtration: John Swift, Principal, Buro Happold Engineering
Fresh Air: Patrick Murphy, Director of Sustainable Design, Vanderweil Engineers