Research & Teaching

Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor; Ruth and Frank Stanton Professor of Urban Policy and Planning [Emeritus]
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Harvard Kennedy School
Professor of Urban Theory
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture; Co-Director, Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology Program
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism; Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Senior Research Associate, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Research Professor of Advanced Environmental Studies
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Professor of Urban Planning
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Derek C. Bok Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Harvard Kennedy School
Visiting Professor in Landscape Architecture
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Associate Professor of Urban Planning
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Harvard Kennedy School
Lecturer in Architecture
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Professor of Landscape Architecture; Director, Center for Technology and Environment
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Hansjorg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering
Professor of Architectural Technology; Founding Director, Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Assistant Professor of Architectural Technology; Area Coordinator, GSD Master in Design Studies, Energy & Environments Concentration
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Associate Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Assistant Professor of Architecture
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture
Harvard Graduate School of Design
John E. Irving Professor of Landscape Architecture; Director, Institute for Urbanization
Harvard Graduate School of Design
A profile on Graduate School of Design Professor Ali Malkawi
May 27, 2015
Tiny flying robots are being built to pollinate crops instead of real bees
July 9, 2014

Confronting the reality of environmental degradation requires more than remote sensing, statistical analysis or institutional restructuring. As images of the changing planet become emblematic of our time, designers are responding with a scrutiny towards amplified scales and extreme events.

This foundation course surveys the intellectual development of resilience and adaptation in the social and natural sciences.

Landscape architecture projects, at all scales, can involve elements which add to our natural resources.  These restored areas are increasingly shown to provide ?ecological services,?

How can one optimize the benefits of environmental or social sustainability while generating a higher return on investment in buildings? Where are the opportunities for real estate initiatives that are highly functional, healthy, aesthetically pleasing and financially rewarding?

The primary focus of GSD 6125 is the study of ecological considerations in architectural design. These considerations include the thermal, luminous, and acoustic behavior of buildings.

The Envision tool for sustainable infrastructure can be used for infrastructure projects of all types, sizes, complexities, and locations to assist the project team achieve higher levels of sustainability.

Zero energy buildings, also known as net zero energy buildings are buildings (or a community of buildings) which produce with on-site renewables the same amount of energy as they consume, on an annual basis.

In the US, buildings and transportation each account for one third of our total carbon emissions. If we are to succeed in meeting our goals laid out by the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference and halting global climate change, our solution set must be both broad and comprehensive.

This course offers case studies on achieving higher sustainability performance from ecotourism businesses and policy leaders in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

The built environment has profound effects on both our daily lives and the human condition at large; it determines where and how we live, work, play, and dream. The built environment embodies concrete stances on a wide variety of material, spatial, and cultural issues within a society.

This introductory course surveys the historical foundations, economic logics and underlying physics that underscore the design, development and operations of sustainable buildings.

The best intent does not always lead to the best performing design, as intuition and rules of thumb often fail to adequately inform decision making. Therefore, designers of high-performance architecture increasingly turn to analytical tools to eliminate some of the guesswork.

Responding to contemporary urban patterns, ecological pressures and decaying infrastructures, this course brings together a series of influential thinkers and researchers from the design commons across North America to discuss different methods, models and measures of large scale, long range desi

It is well-known and oft-repeated in environmental health circles that we spend 90% of time indoors.

The world faces challenges stemming from rapid urbanization, increasing pressure on the environment and on basic resources, and the growing difficulty governments face in managing the confluence of these trends.

Extraction redefines our understanding of urbanism in the 21st century. If everything we build comes from the ground, then extraction is the process and practice that reshapes our assumptions about urban economies.

Provides an overview of the issues involved in transportation policy and planning, as well as an introduction to the skills necessary for solving the various analytic and managerial problems that are peculiar to this area.

Provides an overview of the issues involved in transportation policy and planning, as well as an introduction to the skills necessary for solving the various analytic and managerial problems that are peculiar to this area.

As a scarce and necessary resource, land triggers competition and conflict over possession, use, development, and preservation. For privately owned land, the market manages much of the competition.

This proseminar introduces MLA II and MDes Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology (ULE) students to a range of disciplinary theories and methods.

Selected topics in the history of the North American coastal zone, including the seashore as wilderness, as industrial site, as area of recreation, and as artistic subject; the shape of coastal landscape for conflicting uses over time; and the perception of the seashore as marginal zone in litera

The environment is the milieu in which designers and planners operate. It is a messy world of facts, meanings, relations and actions that calls them to intervene - i.e., to make a plan, solve a problem, create a product, or strategize a process.

This course offers a multidisciplinary exploration of the engineering, economic, and institutional principles involved in water system development and management. The course is divided into two parts:.

In recent years, high performance green buildings have gone from fringe to main stream.

This is an advanced sustainable design course with technical content that focuses on energy use reduction in existing buildings. Students learn to perform American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Level II Energy Audits.

Boston is full of green spaces such as the Emerald Necklace, bike trails, and smaller pieces of greenery that make ordinary spaces feel more special. Focusing on Boston and surrounding areas, this Freshman Seminar will explore the ideas behind making cities "green" in the first place.

Sustainable development includes not only a healthy economic base, but also a sound environment, stable and rewarding employment, adequate purchasing power, distributional equity, national self-reliance, and maintenance of cultural integrity.

North America as an evolving visual environment is analyzed as a systems concatenation involving such constituent elements as farms, small towns, shopping malls, highways, suburbs, and as depicted in fiction, poetry, cartography, television, cinema, and advertising and cybernetic simulation.

The connection between health, well-being, and place is a complex one with many dimensions.

This lecture course introduces students to energy and environmental issues, particularly those that must be faced by the discipline of architecture.

This course examines the ethical dilemmas faced by human cultures throughout history in their use of land and natural resources.

North America as an evolving visual environment is analyzed as a systems concatenation involving such constituent elements as farms, small towns, shopping malls, highways, suburbs, and as depicted in fiction, poetry, cartography, television, cinema, and advertising and cybernetic simulation.

Changing the paradigm of urban development to become more sustainable requires a common baseline understanding of sustainability principles, metrics, and decision-making tools.

This course will examine natural and anthropogenic processes affecting the coastal zone and nearshore environment. Ecological principles and their application to design and planning will be emphasized.

Recognizing that plants are one of the essential mediums of landscape architecture, this class seeks to introduce the student to two basic relationships; the relationship between plants and people (horticulture) and the relationship between plants and the environment (ecology).

Selected topics in the history of the North American coastal zone, including the seashore as wilderness, as industrial site, as area of recreation, and as artistic subject; the shape of coastal landscape for conflicting uses over time; and the perception of the seashore as marginal zone in litera

November 30, 2016
Williams Room, Spangler Bldg, HBS, Soldiers Field, Boston
Renowned real estate developer Jonathan Rose will lead an informal conversation about his new book at the Harvard Business School.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
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November 21, 2016
Room 518, GSD, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge
Join Harvard GSD for a screening of the documentary film AFTER THE LAST RIVER, followed by a conversation with Director Victoria Lean and Producer Jade Blair.
Monday, November 21, 2016 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
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October 20, 2016
Weld Hill Research Bldg, 1300 Centre St., Roslindale
Can nature—in all its unruly wildness—be an integral part of creative landscape design? With beautiful images, award-winning designer Margie Ruddick offers a set of principles for a more creative and intuitive approach that challenges the entrenched belief that natural processes cannot complement high-level landscape design. Hosted by the Arnold Arboretum.
Thursday, October 20, 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
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October 19, 2016
Science Center Hall B, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge
HUCE and National Geographic invite you to a special pre-release screening and discussion of the documentary film, Before the Flood. From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 5:30pm
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November 3, 2016 to November 4, 2016
Piper Auditorium, GSD, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge
The Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure invites students and faculty to their Planning Sustainable Cities Conference and book launch. The conference will be a great platform to discuss our infrastructure-based approach to city planning as it is presented in the book.
Thursday, November 3, 2016 (All day) to Friday, November 4, 2016 (All day)
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October 18, 2016
Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, GSD, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge
The Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC) hosts its 2nd Annual Lecture featuring Richard Rogers, a founding partner of Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 6:30pm
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November 21, 2016
100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford St., Cambridge
"Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi" with Gökçe Gunel (Columbia University).
Monday, November 21, 2016 -
12:15pm to 2:00pm
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November 14, 2016
100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford St., Cambridge
"Ruderal Ecologies: Re-Thinking Urban Infrastructure in a World of Rubble" with Bettina Stoetzer (MIT).
Monday, November 14, 2016 -
12:15pm to 2:00pm
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September 10, 2016
Starr Auditorium, Belfer 200, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
The aim of this conference is to map emerging technologies that could address global grand challenges, review their disruptive characteristics, identify potential sources of social concern, and outline business models and public policies on how to address the social concerns.
Saturday, September 10, 2016 -
8:30am to 5:30pm
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March 11, 2016
Stubbins Room, GSD, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge
This conference, hosted by the Graduate School of Design, investigates the impact of codes, concerned with mapping of environments, demarcation of legal territories, operational protocols of logistics and risk management, and codes of building and subtraction.
Friday, March 11, 2016 -
9:30am to 5:00pm
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March 10, 2016
FXB G-12, HSPH, 677 Huntington Ave., Boston
Dr. Joseph Allen and Dr. Memo Cedeno, both of HSPH, will discuss "Merging Building Science with Health Science."
Thursday, March 10, 2016 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm
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November 13, 2015
51 Brattle Street, 2nd Floor, Grossman Common Room, Cambridge
A Green Exchange event.
Friday, November 13, 2015 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
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November 17, 2015
Cruft 309, 15 Oxford St., Cambridge
Tom Graedel, Center for Industrial Ecology, Yale University, presents “The Periodic Table of Criticality and its Relationship to Product Design.”
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm
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October 27, 2015
CGIS Knafel, Bowie-Vernon Room K262, 1737 Cambridge St., Cambridge
A conference presented by the Harvard University Asia Center and the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 -
9:00am to 5:30pm
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October 27, 2015
Seminar Room 125, 22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge
Jonathan Thompson, Senior Ecologist, Harvard Forest, will discuss “Changes to the Land: Four Scenarios for the Future of the Massachusetts Landscape.”
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
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November 5, 2015
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
CGBC Inaugural Lecture featuring Lord Norman Foster
Thursday, November 5, 2015 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
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November 6, 2015
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge
The Harvard Graduate School of Design presents their fall conference, "Sustainability in Scandinavia."
Friday, November 6, 2015 -
9:00am to 12:30pm
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October 16, 2015
Harvard Forest Seminar Room, 324 N. Main Street, Petersham
Peter Del Tredici, Arnold Arboretum and Harvard Graduate School of Design, will discuss “Urban Nature: Human Nature.”
Friday, October 16, 2015 - 11:00am
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September 18, 2015
Harvard Forest Seminar Room, 324 N. Main Street, Petersham
David Buckley Borden, Artist & Landscape Architect, Cambridge, will discuss “Hybrid Vigor: Ecology x Art x Design.”
Friday, September 18, 2015 - 11:00am
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September 21, 2015
Weld Hill Lecture Hall, Arnold Arboretum, 1300 Centre St., Boston
Rosetta Sarah Elkin, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design, will discuss “Beyond Restoration: Planting Coastal Infrastructure.”
Monday, September 21, 2015 - 12:10pm
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October 7, 2015
Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge
Join a panel of thought leaders from Boston and beyond to examine how Boston will manage the impending impacts of climate change.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
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June 29, 2015
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston
The Wyss Institute's 6th annual international symposium will focus on the recent development and near-term impact of bioinspired robots that self-organize, respond and adapt to their environment, enhance movement, and interact in a seamless way with humans to improve health and society
Monday, June 29, 2015 -
8:15am to 6:30pm
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May 9, 2015
China Trade Center, 2 Boylston Street, Boston
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh invites you and your neighbors to "Help Shape the City's Transportation Future"
Saturday, May 9, 2015 (All day)
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April 1, 2015
Kresge G1 (Snyder Auditorium), Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Dr. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute of Columbia University, will speak on Food in the Age of Sustainable Development.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm
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March 24, 2015
HUCE Seminar Room, 24 Oxford Street 3rd Floor, Cambridge
Dr. Lipchin focuses his research and teaching on issues of conflict and cooperation on transboundary water and environmental problems facing Israel, Jordan and Palestine.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 -
10:30am to 12:00pm
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April 3, 2015
Tufts University, Behrakis Auditorium, Jaharis Family Center for Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences, 150 Harrison Avenue, Boston
The event will bring together water experts from across the country to discuss issues and solutions to today’s water challenges. This year, the event includes special guest and co-host, the ClearWater Initiative, an organization actively working to expand clean water access in Uganda.
Friday, April 3, 2015 (All day)
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February 27, 2015
Harvard Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street 1st Floor, Cambridge
The Symposium will feature 20 Harvard faculty members from 8 schools and a dozen departments giving 7 minute "speed presentations" on their current Food+ research
Friday, February 27, 2015 -
12:30pm to 4:30pm
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March 30, 2015
Calderwood Pavilion, Wimberley Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St, Boston
“The Future of the City: Can Cities be the Key to a Greener World?”
Monday, March 30, 2015 -
5:30pm to 6:30pm
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February 26, 2015
Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress Street, Fort Point Room, Boston
Join A Better City at the release of their new report: Enhancing Resilience in Boston: A Guide for Large Buildings and Institutions; and its compendium online resiliency toolkit.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 -
8:30am to 10:30am
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February 17, 2015
Land Hall, Fourth Floor, Belfer Building, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
This event features four short films that highlight innovative strategies for building disaster resilience in several major Asian cities (Bangkok, Da Nang, Phnom Penh, and Surat), followed by a panel discussion featuring academics and practitioners with expertise in disaster risk reduction and urban planning and policy.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
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April 28, 2015
Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston
An Arnold Arboretum lecture with Ann Forsyth, PhD, Professor of Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
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February 9, 2015
OCS Conference Room, 54 Dunster Street, Cambridge
Come to this discussion featuring diverse design professionals to learn more about this innovative career field. You'll learn about design-based thinking, and hear first-hand about career paths and opportunities with design firms.
Monday, February 9, 2015 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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April 27, 2015
Room 100F, Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Antoine Picon (Harvard, GSD), "Cities, Technologies and Political Imaginaries"
Monday, April 27, 2015 -
12:15pm to 2:00pm
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March 24, 2015
Sackler Museum Lecture Hall, 485 Broadway, Cambridge
With Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation. In conversation with Professor Jerold S. Kayden
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 6:00pm
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January 15, 2015
Pierce Hall 100F, 29 Oxford St., Cambridge
“Urban Water Supply-Demand Management Under Uncertainty: A Portfolio-Based Approach Applied to Melbourne, Australia and Kunming, China”
Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 3:30pm
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November 14, 2014
Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, 5 Harvard Yard, Cambridge
TED-style talks about engineering, technology, and innovation with a keynote speech by Hiroshii Ishii, Associate Director of the MIT Media Lab, and talks by Dr. Michael Aziz, Dr. David Keith, electroninks, Rayger, and more
Friday, November 14, 2014 - 6:00pm
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October 28, 2014
Room 112 (Stubbins) Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Energy Infrastructure: Next Generation Planning Perspectives
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 (All day)
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October 27, 2014
Room 112 (Stubbins) Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Energy Infrastructure: Next Generation Planning Perspectives
Monday, October 27, 2014 (All day)
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November 7, 2014
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
This event is the first of an annual series of conferences that convenes visionaries from diverse disciplines to articulate the global environmental challenge of climate change and new strategies for sustainable building and planning. President Drew Gilpin Faust and GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi will help frame these important discussions, and TED-like presentations will feature thought-leaders within academia and industry.
Friday, November 7, 2014 -
9:00am to 12:30pm
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September 13, 2014
Northeastern University, International Village, Room 022, 1155 Tremont Street, Boston
Just as Buildings can be LEED certified, people in the sustainable construction industry can become LEED Professionals. The LEED Green Associate (GA) credential is the only entry level sustainability designation and shows employers and clients that you have certified knowledge in the green building industry. A new LEED rating system (v4) was introduced last month and this training course is one of the few that has been updated to teach the current rating system.
Saturday, September 13, 2014 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm
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September 22, 2014
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Boston
With Paige Warren, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Monday, September 22, 2014 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
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July 22, 2014
Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
The program covers climate change basics that designers need to understand in order to address projects at the scale of buildings, neighborhoods, and communities.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
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July 9, 2014
Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
This course focuses on daylighting in an architectural context, stressing the integration of daylight with other sustainable design concerns such as solar gain control, electric lighting energy use, and occupant comfort, demonstrating how they can collectively act as form-givers for architecture.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
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July 14, 2014
Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
This course explores the use of computerized energy simulation in pursuit of high-performance building design.
Monday, July 14, 2014 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
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July 17, 2014
Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
This comprehensive two-day course addresses the most effective arguments, techniques, and tools for reshaping places in support of walking, biking, and transit. The course will focus in great depth on ten strategies for making better places, how to do a walkability plan, and a brief design charrette with a trendsetting local planning director.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
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Climate Week: "Building and Planning for Climate Change” with Kairos Shen

Wednesday, April 8 – "Building and Planning for Climate Change"
Kairos Shen, Director of Planning, Boston Redevelopment Authority

Future of Energy: Jonathan Rose

April 30, 2013 "The Well Tempered Planet"
Jonathan Rose, President, Jonathan Rose Companies

Anote Tong

September 22, 2008 "Climate Change: the Human Dimension"
President Anote Tong, President of Kiribati

The Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities aims to transform the building industry through a commitment to design-centric strategy that directly links research outcomes to the development of new processes, systems, and products. Through partnerships with cities, governments, and industry thought-leaders, the Center will both disseminate findings and continue to explore the role that building efficiency plays in the larger urban context of sustainability.

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Environmental Management, Design, and Planning

This multi-year ecological planning project is a collaboration among the Government of The Bahamas, the Bahamas National Trust, and Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). The goal is to facilitate the design and management of a more sustainable future for the Exuma archipelago, and The Bahamas more generally.

The Office for Sustainability at Harvard connects people across the University with information, tools, and inspiration for the challenge at hand: making Harvard sustainable for the long term.

In the Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education program, industry and academia’s foremost leaders join with accomplished design and real estate professionals from around the world. In this setting, complex challenges are addressed and innovative solutions are created. In our dynamic learning environment, participants emerge with practical insights and valuable lessons that can be put into action, right away.

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