A Critical Climate Change Debrief: COP21, Paris

Center for Architecture, New York January 25, 2016

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This past fall, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21, was held in Paris, France. More than 190 nations – an estimated 40,000 people – met to discuss our global situation and seek unanimity on how to secure our future on Planet Earth. What happened there and why does that matter to us – globally, in the US, our city, our work?

This program featured panelists who were in Paris during COP21 and local leaders discussing the best ideas and implications of COP21 for the planning and design communities.

This program, hosted by the AIANY Design for Risk & Reconstruction and Planning and Urban Design Committees, along with the UN Consortium for Sustainable Urbanism/CSU, addressed implications and actions for policy, research, finance, design, and metrics.

Topics discussed include: How will the global and our own design and planning community build capacity and work with policymakers? How and where do we begin? Which sectors will be affected? How do we define success? Where will we obtain the funds? What will forward-thinking cities like New York do to become laboratories of visionary design and planning solutions? How are we already fighting the effects of extreme weather?

Joan Capelin, Hon. AIA, Co-Chair, AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstrction Committee
Carol Loewenson, FAIA, 2016 AIANY President

Welcome: Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, DPACSA, Founding Co-Chair, AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee

Tom Vonier, FAIA, 2017 AIA National President-Elect
Tom Dallessio, AICP, PP, FRSA, President, CEO, and Publisher, NextCity
Laura Jay, Network Manager/Sustainable Urban Development, C40
Jeffrey Raven, FAIA, Principal, Raven A+U; Director, Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Design, NYIT; Co-Chair, AIANY Planning and Urban Design Committee
Andrew Revkin, Writer, Dot Earth Blog, New York Times; Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding, Pace University
Maxwell Young, Vice-President,100 Resilient Cities
Dan Zarrilli, Senior Director, Climate Policy and Programs, NYC Office of the Mayor and Office of Recovery and Resiliency

Moderator: Benjamin Prosky, Executive Director, Center for Architecture/AIANY

Organized by: AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee, AIANY Planning and Urban Design Committee, and the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanism


Price: Free for AIA members and students with Valid ID; $10 for non-members