Winona LaDuke, Keynote, Environmentalist, Political & Climate Activist (47 minutes)
Healthy Materials Lab, Welcome (6 minutes)
Maya Halden, Climate Activist (14 minutes)
Air & Toxicity (78 minutes)
Laura Vanderberg, Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director, University of Massachusetts
Aaron Dorf, Director and Senior Architect, Snøhetta
Ginger Krieg, Dosier Co-Founder and CEO, BioMASON
Moderator: Jonsara Ruth, Design Director, Healthy Materials Lab
Carbon (72 minutes)
Andrea Lipps, Associate Curator of Contemporary Design, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
Charlotte McCurd, Global Security Fellow & Interdisciplinary Designer
Julia Lohmann, Professor of Contemporary Design, Aalto University & Founder, Department of Seaweed e.V.
Moderator: John Bruce Director, MFA Transdisciplinary Design and Assistant Professor, Design Strategies, Parsons School of Design
Equity (81 minutes)
Maida Galvez Associate Professor of Environmental Medicine, Public Health and Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Samantha Josaphat, Architect and Founder, Studio 397 Architecture
Ana Baptista, Chair of Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Program, The New School
Moderator: Alison Mears, Director, Healthy Materials Lab
Waste & Circular Economies (73 minutes)
Kate Daly, Executive Director, Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners
Lasse Lind, Architect, Partner, Head of Consulting, GXN
Seetal Solanki, Founder and Director, Ma-tt-er
Moderator: Jen Van Der Meer Assistant Professor, Strategic Design & Management, Parsons School of Design
Ecosystems (80 minutes)
Franca Trubiano, Associate Professor in Architecture, University of Pennsylvania
Martha Lewis, Senior Architect & Head of Materials, Henning Larsen Architects A/S
Anthony Neron, Founder of DuChanvre, and Plasterer
Moderator: Amanda Kaminsky Founder, Building Product Ecosystems LLC
The New School
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As architects and designers, we often design without considering the complex environmental implications of our important decisions. An unwillingness to understand the consequences of all of our actions is having a profound impact on the planet’s ecosystem and on human health. Design decisions affect the construction and manufacturing industries and have an adverse impact on the planet and on our health. We must do things differently. We need to identify viable alternatives to our current carbon-intensive construction products and practices.
We are the first generation to spend approximately 90% of our time indoors. Building materials, furniture, and products in places where people live, work and play dictate what we breathe, absorb, and ingest. Evidence shows that indoor air may be three to five times more contaminated than outdoor air and exposure is even more likely for those living in substandard housing. Risks increase for pregnant mothers, children, and seniors whose bodies are particularly vulnerable to the effects of toxic chemicals.
These issues are not confined to living indoors. Low-quality building materials also have adverse health impacts on people and the environment during their processing, manufacturing, and all stages of a product’s life cycle.
Who designs the future? Who shapes it? Who teaches it? How does an understanding of these fundamental issues change the way we teach and launch the next generation of architects and interior designers for this new era? What does the future look like if we make radical changes now? What are the problems we will have to confront if we don’t make a change?
- Alison Mears, Parsons Healthy Materials Lab
- Jonsara Ruth, Parsons Healthy Materials Lab
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