In New York City, extreme heat has everyone fired up, almost literally. The last decade was the hottest on record worldwide, and large cities are warming the fastest through the heat islands they create. The New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC), whose science drives the City’s climate policy and comprehensive resiliency program, has identified rising temperatures as a major public health threat to the city – comparable in risk level to sea level rise, intense precipitation, and humidity.
In November 2015, a crowd of architects and landscape architects, planners, engineers, and allied professionals in government, NGOs, research, academia, and more gathered together for Extreme Heat: Hot Cities – Adapting to a Hotter World, the first event of its kind. Panelists and audience members revisited prior extreme heat events such as the 1995 Chicago and 2003 Paris category-defining heat waves, considered what has changed since then, and explored what can be done today to counter this increasing threat.
Thanks to the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY), the full symposium is now available for viewing online for free:
Extreme Heat: Part 1
Extreme Heat: Part 2
Extreme Heat: Part 3
Please also stay tuned for a Conference Report, which will be released in 2016. To be advised of this report and other related materials as they become available, please contact DfRR Secretary Jack Suben, AIA, at email@example.com
“Extreme Heat: Hot Cities – Adapting to a Hotter World” was created and developed by the Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfRR) of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY).
The symposium is presented in partnership with the AIANY Building Enclosure Council, AIANY Building Codes Committee, AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE), AIANY Design for Aging Committee, AIANY Health Facilities Committee, AIANY Housing Committee, AIANY Planning and Urban Design Committee, AIANY Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, American Society of Landscape Architects — New York Chapter (ASLA-NY), NYCCT Department of Architectural Technology, NYCCT Department of Construction Management and Civil Engineering, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery & Resiliency, NYC Office of Emergency Management, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, NYC Urban Heat Island Working Group, Rockefeller Foundation, Nature Conservancy, and Urban Green Council.
This event would not be possible without support from Autodesk, BASF and their Center for Building Excellence, Big Ass Fans, Pizzarotti IBC, Con Edison, Lance Jay Brown, and Perkins+Will.