Architecture, environment, international

Speaking in Boston, visiting NYC, NH, next month.

On November 18th, I’ll be one of the featured speakers at GreenBuild’s International Forum. GreenBuild is the US Green Building Council’s annual convention and expo. If you’ve heard of USGBC, it’s probably in relation to its work in administering LEED building standards for sustainable design. This year, Greenbuild is supposed to draw about 25,000 attendees to the Hub of the Universe.

I’ll be talking about my Frontline/World and Dwell pieces on Huangbaiyu, a Chinese village once slated to become a “Cradle to Cradle” village and a model of sustainable design. I’ll be on stage with the editor of Architectural Record and a developer who has created a green community in Victoria, B.C.

The conference is from the 18th to the 21st of November. Before that, I’m hoping to make it back to New Hampshire and Vermont, which I’ve not been to for many years. And after, I plan to head straight to New York City. If you’ll be in any of those places around then, let me know. That is, if you don’t hear from me first as I scrounge for spare rooms and open couches.

Here’s the schedule for the International Forum, which I think is $50 to attend.

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 10:00am – 5:30pm
Location: Boston Convention & Exhibit Center
Theme: Building Tomorrow: New Communities and Cities

Building a sustainable community
Interact with international experts in sustainable development who will showcase projects from both developed and developing countries – from redevelopment of decaying urban areas to the creation of new cities in the desert. These experts will discuss their approaches and lessons learned in design, construction, and operation, in the context of climate change reduction strategies, resource conservation, and the rebuilding of the social fabric of communities.

Hosted by USGBC, WGBC, and iiSBE, the Greenbuild International Forum is a unique opportunity to join a group of international experts and delegates in a discussion of experience and lessons from around the globe and to build contacts for working together after Greenbuild.

Emcee: Tony Arnel, Chairman, World Green Building Council


10:00am – 10:15am: Intro: Rick Fedrizzi, CEO U.S. Green Building Council, and Tony Arnel,
Chairman, World Green Building Council

10:15am – 11:00am: Opening Keynote: Governor Christine Todd Whitman

11:00am – 12:00pm: Session 1, New Community Interview Panel
-Dockside Green, City of Victoria, Canada: Joe VanBelleghem
-Village of Huangbaiyu, China: Timothy Lesle
-Interviewer: Bob Ivy, Editor-In-Chief, Architectural Record and GreenSource

12:00pm – 1:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm – 2:15pm: Session 2, New City Spotlight Interview
-New Songdo City, Korea: John Hynes, CEO Gale International
-Interviewer: Bob Ivy, Editor-In-Chief, Architectural Record and GreenSource

2:15pm – 4:00pm: Session 3, New Cities Panel Presentation
-Beijing Olympic Village, China: Ken Langer
-Nahkeel/Dubai: Dr. Rula Sadik
-Pedra Branca Community (Brazil): Valério Gomes
-Deutsche Bank (Germany): Holger Hagge

4:00pm – 4:30pm: Networking Tea and Coffee Break

4:30pm – 5:30pm: Closing


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