A world-wide webcast on climate change and green architecture was broadcast on February 20th - an archived version is available from the website. There were three 30-minute presentations by:
- A Threat to the Planet by Dr. James Hansen (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies)
- Resuscitating a Dying World by Edward Mazria (AIA, Architecture 2030)
- Doing is Believing by Chris Luebkeman, Global Foresight and Innovation Initiative, ARUP)
Dr. Hansen described the current state of research on global warming, the expected impacts on a global, regional and local scale, and the positive economic benefits of taking action now.
Edward Mazria graphically described both the massive amounts of energy we consume as well as the impacts of a 1 to 6 meter rise in sea levels. Architecture has a pivotal role to play, consuming 48% of all energy (construction and operations), with 78% of electricity used by building operations. His 2030 challenge cuts greenhouse gas emissions by 50% of regional averages for all new buildings and major renovations, increasing in a phased manner until 2030 when buildings will be carbon-neutral. His 2010 initiative challenges design schools to add reductions in fossil fuel to all design studio projects, achieve ecological literacy in design education by 2010, and achieve a carbon-neutral campus by 2010.
Chris Luebkeman described the working assumptions that underlie his approach to sustainable design. He then reviewed significant green architecture projects such as Dongtan (China) and BedZED (UK). He ended with a quote from Winnie the Pooh about "Edward Bear, coming downstairs ... on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. ... sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it."