Extreme Heat : Hot Cities – Adapting to a Hotter World

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.

Host­ed at the Cen­ter for Archi­tec­ture in Man­hat­tan and live streamed in Brook­lyn at the New York City Col­lege of Tech­nol­o­gy, this day-long sym­po­sium addressed crit­i­cal top­ics rang­ing from urban cli­ma­tol­ogy to build­ing mate­ri­als, case stud­ies to rec­om­men­da­tions for the future. We 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

Over 30 of the most informed pro­fes­sion­als, design prac­ti­tion­ers, and offi­cials cur­rent­ly work­ing in this area con­tributed to this event, includ­ing:

  • Porie Saikia-Eapen, AIA, FCIOB, Char­tered CM, Direc­tor, Sus­tain­abil­i­ty & Envi­ron­men­tal Com­pli­ance, MTA HQ
  • James Rus­sell, FAIA, Archi­tec­ture Crit­ic and Jour­nal­ist
  • Cyn­thia Rosen­zweig, PhD, Senior Research Sci­en­tist, Cli­mate Impacts Group, NASA God­dard Insti­tute for Space Stud­ies
  • Wolf­gang Rieder, CEO and Founder, fibreC
  • Jef­frey Raven, FAIA, Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor and Direc­tor of the MS in Archi­tec­ture, Urban and Region­al Design pro­gram, NYIT
  • Amy Patel, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Com­mer­cial Key Account Man­ag­er, BASF Cen­ter for Build­ing Excel­lence
  • Emi­ly Nobel Maxwell, NYC Pro­gram Direc­tor for Urban Sus­tain­abil­i­ty, The Nature Con­ser­van­cy
  • Sab­ri­na McCormick, PhD, Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor, George Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­si­ty and Senior Fel­low, Whar­ton Risk and Deci­sion Cen­ter
  • Tom Mat­te, Assis­tant Com­mis­sion­er for Envi­ron­men­tal Sur­veil­lance and Pol­i­cy, NYC Depart­ment of Health and Men­tal Hygiene
  • Eric Kli­nen­berg, PhD, author of Heat Wave and Pro­fes­sor of Soci­ol­o­gy and Direc­tor, Insti­tute for Pub­lic Knowl­edge at NYU
  • Lau­rie Kerr, FAIA, LEED AP, Direc­tor of Pol­i­cy, Urban Green Coun­cil
  • Richard Keller, PhD, Pro­fes­sor, Uni­ver­si­ty of Wis­con­sin, Author, Fatal Iso­la­tion
  • Rus­sell Hot­zler, PhD, Pres­i­dent, CUNYNYCCT
  • Lind­say Gold­man, Project Direc­tor for Age-friend­ly NYC, NY Acad­e­my of Med­i­cine
  • Anna Dyson, Pro­fes­sor and CASE Direc­tor, School of Archi­tec­ture at Rens­se­laer
  • Kizzy Charles-Guz­man, Deputy Direc­tor, New York City Mayor’s Office of Recov­ery and Resilien­cy
  • Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, DPACSA CCNY, Found­ing Co-Chair, DfRR
  • Pip­pa Bras­hear, Direc­tor of Plan­ning and Resilience, SCAPE Land­scape Archi­tec­ture
  • Regi­nald Blake, PhD, Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor in bio­log­i­cal sci­ences, CUNYNYCCT
  • Chris Bene­dict, Prin­ci­pal, Archi­tec­ture & Ener­gy Ltd.
  • Illya Azaroff, AIA, Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor in Archi­tec­tur­al Tech­nol­o­gy, Founder, +LAB archi­tect PLLC, Found­ing Co-Chair, DfRR
  • Kurt Shick­man, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Glob­al Cool Cities Alliance
  • Dmit­ry Smirnov, PhD, Project Meterol­o­gist, Dew­ber­ry
  • Anne Marie Sow­der, Asst Pro­fes­sor in Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment – Civ­il Engi­neer­ing, CUNYNYCCT, DfRR Extreme Heat Pro­gram Chair
  • Bri­an Stone, PhD, Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor and PhD Pro­gram Direc­tor, Geor­gia Tech Uni­ver­si­ty School of City & Region­al Plan­ning
  • Ed Toth, Direc­tor, Green­belt Native Plant Cen­ter Seed Col­lec­tion & Bank­ing Pro­gram, NYC Parks
  • Juli Trtanj, M.E.S., Pro­gram Direc­tor, NOAA Oceans and Human Health Ini­tia­tive
  • Melis­sa Umberg­er, Haz­ard Mit­i­ga­tion Project Man­ag­er, NYC Emer­gency Man­age­ment
  • Jason Vollen, PhD, AIA, Prin­ci­pal, High Per­for­mance Build­ing Group, AECOM
  • Neil Weisen­feld, Direc­tor of Strate­gic Plan­ning, Con Edi­son of New York
  • Andrew Whal­ley, AIA, RIBA, Deputy Chair­man, Grimshaw Archi­tects
  • Rae Zim­mer­man, PhD, Pro­fes­sor of Plan­ning and Pub­lic Admin­is­tra­tion, NYU

“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.