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Resilient Design on the U.N Agenda As It Prepares for Climate Change

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Oct 12, 2013 01:01 AM
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by Alex Wilson last modified Oct 09, 2013

Author name:  Alex Wilson Blog Category:  Energy Solutions The United Nations, climate change , and resilient design: a day at the U.N. World Habitat conference The UN assembly hall where we met. Click to enlarge. Photo Credit: Alex Wilson The United Nations Human Settlements Programme , or UN-Habitat, is a UN agency focused on human settlements. It was launched in 1978 following a meeting in Vancouver known as Habitat I, and it is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. A follow-up conference, Habitat II, was held in Istanbul, Turkey in 1996, and Habitat III is planned for 2016. I had the honor of speaking last week at the UN World Habitat Day conference, “ Resilient Design for Sustainable Urbanism .” The event was cosponsored by the  Consortium for Sustainable Urbanism ,  AIA New York , and the  NJIT Center for Resilient Design . (What's resilient design all about? See  Resilient Design—Smarter Building for a Turbulent Future .) It was an amazing opportunity to see the United Nations; I think I was last there over 40 years ago. The UN Headquarters Complex is going through a major $2 billion facelift that includes many exciting green features that are supposed to achieve 50% energy savings, 40% water savings, and a 45% reduction in the carbon footprint…. But that’s not the focus of this column. read more






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