BASF & Terreform One: Innovative Design & Resilient Infrastructure

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BASF & Terreform One: Innovative Design & Resilient Infrastructure

June 23, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

Free – $95

DesigningInfrastructure Series

Please plan to join Green Building Worldwide on Thursday, June 23, 2016  for an Executive Leadership discussion designed to bring stakeholders from different sectors together to have a solid discourse on building design, energy, infrastructure, and public private partnerships.

This roundtable will take a close look at building design and the incorporation of resilient infrastructure.


Michael R. Fletcher, Commercial Segment Manager, BASF – Center for Excellence in Building.  Michael Fletcher was promoted to serve as the manager of the commercial market segment for The Center for Building Excellence, a dedicated construction resource for strategic partners to tap into BASF‘s global network and expertise. Michael leads a team that works with architects, engineers, and construction professionals, leveraging applied building science and chemistry to accelerate the adoption of sustainable, affordable solutions for design and construction challenges. He is actively engaged in industry initiatives focused on disclosure and transparency as it relates to chemistry in building materials and has been nationally recognized for his efforts to promote sustainable development.

Chemical giant BASF has been a supplier to the construction industry for most of its 150-year history.

Brooke Weizmann, Manager of  Sustainability, North America for BASF.Brooke oversees internal and external relations for BASF’s North American sustainability program. It is her work to both promote BASF as a key value chain partner for more sustainable products and catalyze engagement and sustainability knowledge internally. Brooke manages strategic partnerships with key stakeholders, external sustainability consortia, consumer brands, retailers and professional sports teams, building awareness of the BASF brand and its innovations. Brooke is frequently a speaker and sustainability advocate, participating in external sustainability events around the globe and representing BASF. In addition, she oversees all North American employee engagement activities for sustainability in the region.

Vivian Kuan, Executive Director, Terreform ONE.   Vivian is an architect with a unique interdisciplinary background in art, architecture, entrepreneurial marketing, internet startups and a strong interest going forward in improving our environment through impactful ecological design and education.  Prior to Terreform One, Vivian was a Launch Director at the internet incubator, idealab! and later directed the online strategy and ecommerce business units for the Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. and for The L’Oreal Group Inc. Before that, Vivian worked as an architect in Taiwan, Hong Kong, as well as in New York City for Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

Changing the face of architecture and the process of design, Terreform ONE, Inc. is a New York City premier architectural design office. Through their creative projects and outreach efforts, they are illuminating the environmental possibilities of New York City and inspiring solutions in areas like it around the world.  Terreform ONE is also a unique laboratory for scientists, artists, architects, students, and individuals of all backgrounds to explore and advance the larger framework of green design. The group develops innovative solutions and technologies for local sustainability in energy, transportation, infrastructure, buildings, waste treatment, food, and water.

Terreform Co-Founder and Director of Research. Mitchell Joachim, was chosen by Wired magazine for The Smart List, and selected by Rolling Stone for The 100 People Who Are Changing America. Mitchell won many awards including; AIA New York Urban Design Merit Award, 1st Place International Architecture Award, Victor Papanek Social Design Award, Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability.

Michael, Brooke, and Vivian will share case studies on Red Hook Brooklyn and Sustainable|Resilient Venues.


L. Charlie Oliver, CEO and Chief Analyst, Green Building Worldwide|ForeFront2050 Magazine. Described as a “force of nature,” L. Charlie Oliver, Founder and CEO of Green Building Worldwide combines an understanding of the intricacies of the sustainable built environment and a history of fostering global public private partnerships.

Charlie is charged with directing GBW’s research and development, advocacy, educational, consulting and publishing components. All focused on filling gaps in the marketplace required to meet 2050 targets, which includes forming strategic partnerships to ensure resilient and equitable infrastructure.

Infrastructure and Design Case Studies:

Our audience of industry professionals impact diverse sectors locally, nationally and globally. Their focus is on continually integrating products, services, technologies and methodologies into their sustainability strategies. Working as trusted partners to numerous stakeholders, we are looked upon to organize and continue to be on the frontline of the strategies which eradicates carbon emissions, inform stakeholders, and speak to the best methodologies and technologies.

Case Study One:  RED HOOK, BROOKLYN, NY (a foreseeable blueprint for urban coastal communities)

Red Hook is a peninsula between Buttermilk Channel, Gowanus Bay and Gowanus Canal at the southern edge of Downtown Brooklyn.  Participants will examine the dynamics within the neighborhood, including single and multi- family residences, commercial structures, public spaces, civic infrastructure and green space.  Resilience applications will be explored.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Strategies and recommendations for a resilient Red Hook which would foreseeably serve as a blueprint for urban coastal communities.
  • The speakers will share the proposed vision,  a conceptual solution focused on improving Red Hook from a social, transportation, habitat, and design standpoint.

Red Hook in Perspective:

Red Hook, Brooklyn is a sliver expanding from the New York Harbor. Red Hook’s views are spectacular, but within its boundaries lies severe poverty. Red Hook Houses is among the largest New York City Housing Authority developments in New York City.  This development accounts for 5,000 of 11,000 Red Hook residents with an median household income of $17,000. New York City’s average median income is $57,000.

As reported in the Nation, Red Hook isn’t the only community flooded by record storm surges, but what happened there represents a troubling trend. Roughly 2.5 million people live in the New York City/Greater Jersey Area Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) Flood Zone.  About 66 percent of the most vulnerable populations live within a half mile from the FEMA Flood Zone, while 29 percent of the most vulnerable populations live in the Flood Zones.

Case Study Two:  SPORTS STADIUMS and Sustainable Advancements

Sports and entertainment facilities can take a leadership position in environmental stewardship within their communities, fostering the sense of togetherness and team play that make real change happen.

Topics to be discussed include:

The incorporation of the latest in sustainable advancements related to design, construction and operations.  How sports stadiums are becoming a model of sustainability and healthy environments.

(New Construction) Mercedes Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA.  The stadium is one of the World’s Most Spectacular Venues  and BASF is on the design and construction team. The Mercedes Benz Stadium is one of the largest and arguably most iconic projects of 2015.

Upon its completion in 2017, the world-class sports and entertainment facility will be home to the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United.

In addition to serving as an anchor for the downtown  and entertainment district, the stadium will catalyze changes in neighborhoods surrounding the development. The project team’s focus on sustainable design, construction and operations extends into the community through the creation of urban farming and open recreation spaces.

Met Life Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey: BASF and the New York Jets will create “Team Chemistry” for the five remaining games of the 2015 Jets football season. Jets fans will have the opportunity to tailgate with BASF and discover innovative solutions for a more sustainable future in energy and material efficiency and water conservation.

Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York: BASF Corporation teamed up with the New York Yankees to knock waste out of the park by tackling zero waste.

About Green Building Worldwide:

Green Building Worldwide is a strategic development firm focusing on sustainable policy and the subsequent economic and social impact.  The stakeholders we reach deliver resilient and sustainable infrastructure globally and require market knowledge of technologies and methodologies which raise the bar.  As a focused and committed proponent of resilient infrastructure and energy equality, we educate through research and both public and private forums.

Where, When, Time, Event Type

Place: 110 Wall Street, New York City

Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Event Type: Business Roundtable


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