Temperatures are rising.

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 jack.suben@subendougherty.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.