Extreme Heat: Hot Cities – Adapting to a Hotter World

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Extreme Heat: Hot Cities – Adapting to a Hotter World

November 12, 2015 @ 8:30 am - 7:00 pm EST

Extreme Heat Hot Cities. (Courtesy AIANY)
Extreme Heat Hot Cities. (Courtesy AIANY)

The threat of extreme heat will intensify. Even President Obama has told us that the planet’s temperature is rising and that we must come to grips with that inevitability. The last decade was the hottest on record worldwide, and large cities are warming faster than the planet.Scientists predict that extreme heat events – already more deadly than all other weather-related events combined – will become more frequent. Extreme heat reduces productivity, exhausts greenery, compromises infrastructure, destroys property, and strains the economy and resources alike.

Extreme heat is here, in our region and city. The New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC), a full-spectrum independent body that officially advises the Mayor, considers higher temperatures to be as great a risk as coastal flooding. NPCC projects up to a 5.7°F rise by mid-century, and anticipates that by the 2080s, there will be a rise of up to 8.8° F plus 50 days/year above 90°F.

“Extreme Heat: Hot Cities – Adapting to a Hotter World” is a unique, day-long symposium. A broad constituency involved in building and urban design, science, research, policy, innovation, mitigation, and adaptation will come together to discuss how to address this growing risk through planning, design, and construction.

“Extreme Heat” invites architects and landscape architects, planners, engineers, and allied professionals, government, foundations, scientists, researchers, and students – in fact, all interested stakeholders – to discuss essential information and insights. The symposium will cover topics ranging from urban climatology to building materials, case studies, and recommendations for the future. It will revisit prior extreme heat events such as the 1995 Chicago and 2003 Paris category-defining heat waves, and what has changed since then.

Nearly 30 of the most informed professionals, design practitioners, and officials will draw on their experience to explain the current situation and present challenges and opportunities. They will bring research findings, case studies, and best practices from lab to design, manufacturing to installation, policy change to implementation, new construction to comprehensive urban retrofitting. There will be four keynotes, four panels, and a wrap-up “What’s Ahead?” session. CityTech President Dr. Russell Holtzer will open the event.

8:30 – 9:00 AM: Welcome and Introductions
9:00 – 10:00 AM: Keynote – Where Things Stand, NYC
10:10 – 11:40 AM: Panel 1 – Urban Heat: From Region to Building
11:45 – 1:15 PM: Panel 2 – Urban Heat & Urban Landscapes
1:15 – 2:00 PM: Lunch
2:00 – 3:30 PM: Panel 3 – Urban Heat & Health
3:30 – 5:00 PM: Panel 4 – Urban Heat & Infrastructure
5:00 – 5:15 PM: Coffee Break
5:25 – 7:00 PM: Plenary Session: Lessons Learned and Looking Forward

Illya Azaroff, AIA, Associate Professor in Architectural Technology, Founder, +LAB architect PLLC, Founding Co-Chair, DfRR
Chris Benedict, Principal, Architecture & Energy Ltd.
Reginald Blake, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, CUNY – NYCCT
Pippa Brashear, Director of Planning and Resilience, SCAPE Landscape Architecture
Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, DPACSA CCNY, Founding Co-Chair, DfRR
Kizzy Charles-Guzman, New York City Program Policy Director, The Nature Conservancy
Anna Dyson, Professor and CASE Director, School of Architecture at Rensselaer
Lindsay Goldman, Project Director for Age-Friendly NYC, NY Academy of Medicine
Russell Hotzler, PhD, President, CUNY – NYCCT
Richard Keller, PhD, Professor, University of Wisconsin; Author, Fatal Isolation
Laurie Kerr, FAIA, LEED AP, Director of Policy, Urban Green Council
Eric Klinenberg, PhD, Author, Heat Wave; Professor of Sociology and Director, Institute for Public Knowledge, NYU
Tom Matte, Assistant Commissioner for Environmental Surveillance and Policy, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Emily Nobel Maxwell, NYC Program Director for Urban Sustainability, The Nature Conservancy
Amy Patel, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Commercial Key Account Manager, The BASF Center for Building Excellence
Jeffrey Raven, FAIA, Associate Professor and Director of the MS, Architecture, Urban and Regional Design, NYIT
Wolfgang Rieder, CEO and Founder, fibreC
Cynthia Rosenzweig, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Climate Impacts Group, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
James Russell, FAIA, Architecture Critic and Journalist
Porie Saikia-Eapen, AIA, FCIOB, Chartered CM, Director, Sustainability & Environmental Compliance, MTA HQ
Kurt Shickman, Executive Director, Global Cool Cities Alliance
Anne Marie Sowder, Assitant Professor in Construction Management – Civil Engineering, CUNY – NYCCT, DfRR Extreme Heat Program Chair
Brian Stone, PhD, Associate Professor and PhD Program Director, Georgia Tech University School of City & Regional Planning
Ed Toth, Director, Greenbelt Native Plant Center Seed Collection & Banking Program, NYC Parks
Juli Trtanj, M.E.S., Program Director, NOAA Oceans and Human Health Initiative
Melissa Umberger, Hazard Mitigation Project Manager, NYC Emergency Management
Jason Vollen, PhD, AIA, Principal, High Performance Building Group, AECOM
Neil Weisenfeld, Director of Strategic Planning, Con Edison of New York
Andrew Whalley, AIA, RIBA, Deputy Chairman Grimshaw Architects
Rae Zimmerman, PhD, Professor of Planning and Public Administration, NYU

$100 for AIA, ASLA, Nature Conservancy, and Urban Green Council members; $120 for non-members; Free for New York City College of Technology Faculty
Afternoon Session only $50 for AIA, ASLA, Nature Conservancy, and Urban Green Council members; $60 for non-members


November 12, 2015
8:30 am - 7:00 pm EST
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