Arid Lands Institute

Arid Lands Institute

Burbank, CA

The Five Thousand Pound Life: Water

Sat, Feb 7 '15
New York, NY, US

Hadley and Peter Arnold of The Arid Lands Institute will be speaking at the February 7th installment of The Five Thousand Pound Life: Water

The Five Thousand Pound Life is an initiative of The Architectural League of New York on new ways of thinking and acting on architecture, climate change, and our economic future. The February 7th symposium will be focused on issues of water supply in the context of climate change.


Speakers include: Al Appleton, Hadley Arnold, Peter Arnold, Maria Arquero de Alarcón, Ila Berman, Kevin Bone, Rosalie Genevro, Henry L. Henderson, Jen Maigret, Peter Mulvaney, Josh Newell, Stephanie Pincetl, and James Wescoat

Full details via The Architectural League:

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The Five Thousand Pound Life: Water considers how the energy intensity of providing a clean and adequate water supply can be minimized, and how planning and design, including regional planning, urban design, landscape design, architecture, and engineering, can contribute to that goal.  Los Angeles, the Great Lakes, and New York will provide case studies for the symposium.

The Architectural League launched The Five Thousand Pound Life—an initiative of public events, digital releases, and a major design study—in September 2013 to address the intertwined challenges of reimagining the American way of life to address climate change and to rebuild a robust economic structure that offers viable livelihoods across the income spectrum. The League brings the perspective of the design professions to these issues, as its contribution to what must be a broad collective effort spanning geographies, generations, occupations, disciplines, and ideologies.

Introductory remarks
1:00 p.m.
Rosalie GenevroExecutive Director, The Architectural League of New York

Opening Lecture
1:05 p.m.
James Wescoat

James Wescoat is a landscape architect and geographer and Aga Khan Professor in the Department of Architecture at MIT. Wescoat has carried out research in the Colorado, Indus, Ganges, and Great Lakes basins, and is the co-author (with Gilbert F. White) ofWater for Life: Water Management and Environmental Policy and co-editor of Political Economies of Landscape Change: Places of Integrative Power.

Case Study: Los Angeles
1:45 p.m.
Hadley Arnold
Peter Arnold
Josh Newell
Stephanie Pincetl

Architects Hadley and Peter Arnold are founders and co-directors of the Arid Lands Institute at Woodbury University. The Arid Lands Institute briefly describes its mission as “design innovation at the nexus of water, energy, and climate change.” The Institute is an “education, research, and outreach center providing site-specific, data-intensive modeling, planning, and design services to partner communities, urban and rural.”

Geographer Josh Newell, a faculty member in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, leads the Urban Sustainability Research Group at the University of Michigan. He is co-author, with Joshua Cousins, of the recent paper “A political-industrial ecology of water supply infrastructure for Los Angeles.”

Stephanie Pincetl is director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities and Professor in Residence at the Institute of the Environment, and Sustainability at UCLA. She is the author of Transforming California: The political history of land use and development, and has written extensively on planning, institutional, and regulatory aspects of environmental issues.

Case Study: The Great Lakes
2:30 p.m.
Maria Arquero de Alarcón
Henry L. Henderson
Jen Maigret
Peter Mulvaney

Maria Arquero de Alarcón and Jen Maigret are partners in MAde-studio, a research-based design practice that uses data and geographic analysis and visualization techniques to make vivid the complexity of the constructed environment and its effect on water resources. Recent projects include Liquid Planning Detroit; Great Lakes Dynamic Shores; and Water + Sheds. Maigret and Arquero de Alarcón both teach at the Taubman College of Architecture at the University of Michigan.

Henry Henderson is Midwest Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council. He leads NRDC’s work to advance clean energy, protect the Great Lakes and clean water resources, build sustainable communities, and safeguard our natural resources in eight Midwestern states. Henry served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois, and was the founding Commissioner of Environment for the City of Chicago.

Peter Mulvaney leads the sustainable water resource strategies in the Chicago offices ofSkidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM), where he designs solutions for a healthy and sustainable world. Previously Pete held roles as a water resource consultant, a water utility leader in Chicago, and an investment strategist in the water industry.  He is a contributing author to the SOM project The Great Lakes Century, a 100 Year Vision.

3:45 p.m.

Case Study: New York City
4:00 p.m.
Al Appleton
Kevin Bone

Al Appleton is an international environmental and infrastructure consultant with interlocking expertise in water resource and water utility management, infrastructure economics, public finance, land use, and landscape preservation. During the first half of the 1990s, Appleton was Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and Director of the New York City Water and Sewer System.

Architect Kevin Bone is director of the Institute for Sustainable Design at The Cooper Union, where he teaches design studios and advanced courses on sustainability. Professor Bone is a principal at Bone/Levine Architects. He was the editor and contributed to Water-Works, The Architecture and Engineering of the New York City Water Supply.

Closing panel discussion
5:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

Time & Place

Saturday, February 7th, 2015
1:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Rose Auditorium
The Cooper Union
41 Cooper Square
New York

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