Climate ABC Urban Sequoia


Learn about Urban Sequoia, an innovative concept that asks what if buildings could act like trees—capturing carbon, purifying the air, and regenerating the environment? Taking inspiration from natural processes and ecosystems, Urban Sequoia envisions “forests” of buildings that create a new carbon-removal economy and a resilient future for cities. Yasemin Kologlu, RIBA, LEED AP BD+C, design principal, SOM; Christopher Neidl, co-founder, OpenAir; Kira Gould, Hon. AIA, writer/consultant at Kira Gould CONNECT and senior fellow at Architecture 2030; and Wil V. Srubar III, PhD, associate professor, University of Colorado Boulder, founder and managing director, Aureus Earth, discuss this concept and the central proposition that the built environment can become a solution to climate change—radically rethinking how buildings and cities are designed and constructed to absorb carbon. The program is moderated by Chris Cooper, FAIA, LEED AP, design partner, SOM.

Climate ABC (Action/Building/Community) focuses on three essential aspects to addressing climate change: Actions by individuals, businesses, non-profits, policy makers, and civic entities; Building — examples of both physical structures and landscapes, as well as coalitions of stakeholders; and Communities at every scale that are working to slow climate change.


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