Columbia University GSAPP
Fall 2009 - Fall 2011
It is crucial to understand now that we are all designers. Every square millimeter of the planet and its terrestrial, aquatic, and climactic systems has been made and remade by human hands. The question becomes, what is your design expertise? The Earth Institute / Columbia GSAPP Forum on the future of the Built Environment explores ideas of sustainable design and the future of the city, drawing from the deep and diverse experience of the Earth Institute and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. The aim of the forum is to bring together the realms of science and design to address complex questions of environment and development with fresh thinking and a creative approach grounded in research, experimentation, and pilot projects. We will ask how to address sustainability on global, regional, and local scales – with a focus on the role of cities and on ideas that work.