1. Bridging the Gap
The AIA’s Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team (RUDAT) helps communities thrive in the face of economic downturns, unfocused suburban growth, environmental concerns, gridlock, and other snarls. The team is in Corpus Christi, Texas, (Aug. 14–18) this time to assess the iconic Harbor Bridge’s realignment, which will improve traffic interchanges in the area and also offer new opportunities to create public space, waterfront access, and programming. Learn more about past AIA RUDATs at aia.org/liv_rudat.
2. Space Is the Place
Title-creep aside, the report titled “Architecture for Sustained Climate Monitoring from Space,” issued by the Global Climate Observing System and the World Meteorological Organization, really is about architecture—in that systematic, collaborative design sort of way. It’s the 30,000-foot view (literally) of community resilience that outlines the predictive power of observation, which informs how communities can prepare for the worst while not compromising what makes them livable. The report and other topics will be the subject of the 2014 Climate Symposium in Darmstadt, Germany (Oct. 13–17). Learn more at theclimatesymposium2014.com.
3. Peak Resilience
Two summits at the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in New Orleans (Oct. 22–24) will bring issues centered on community resilience and public health into sharper focus: Affordable Homes and Sustainable Communities, and Materials and Human Health. Their joint goal? Expediting economic, social, and ecological health in design and in the products that we all use. Learn more at greenbuildexpo.com.
4. Protecting the Polity
The third annual UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy, at Yale University (Sept. 5–7), centers on human rights and ecology, and draws together policy and science experts for what organizers are calling “the future climate change regime.” Sponsored by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, the event’s proceedings will contribute to the forthcoming report of the U.N. Independent Expert on human rights and the environment, available in 2015. Learn more at unitar.org.
5. WHO Says?
The World Health Organization (WHO), which directs and coordinates health issues within the United Nations, has long advocated for community resilience as a platform to improve public health. To that end, its Conference on Health and Climate (Aug. 27–29) in Geneva will focus on combating climate change by identifying health benefits associated with reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more at who.int.