While climate change, sustainable architecture, and green technologies are increasingly written about in the media and becoming more widely understood, issues surrounding the sustainability of the city may be less so. To address issues surrounding the sustainability of cities, the Harvard Graduate School of Design will host Ecological Urbanism: Alternative and Sustainable Cities of the Future, a conference to be held at the Harvard Graduate School of Design on April 3-5, 2009 at the GSD, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In promoting “alternative and sustainable forms of urbanism,” Harvard’s Ecological Urbanism conference will focus on questions such as:
- What are the key principles of an ecological urbanism?
- How might they be organized?
- And what role might design and planning play in the process?
According to Harvard, the event is organized around the idea that an ecological approach is urgently needed both as a remedial device for the contemporary city, and an organizing principle for new cities. “Ecological urbanism represents a more holistic approach than is generally the case with urbanism today, demanding alternative ways of thinking and designing.”
Keynote speakers include Rem Koolhaas, Principal of Office for Metropolitan Architecture and Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design at the GSD, and Homi Bhabha, Anne T. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities and Director of the Center for the Humanities at Harvard University. The conference will bring together design practitioners and theorists, economists, engineers, environmental scientists, politicians and public health specialists. Participants will engage in a series of lectures, roundtables and discussions.