Craig Applegath and Antonio Gomez Palacio Present: Urban Resilience Community, Density and Ecosystems
“In both reducing our harm and repairing the damage we have caused, we need to be looking for ways to do so that recognize and leverage the important environmental and economic relationships between the urban and rural contexts.”
Craig Applegath, Principal
DIALOG principals Antonio Gomez Palacio and Craig Applegath both feel very passionately about how design affects our environment. At SBE16 they explore the topic from different perspectives. Be sure to catch their panel discussion, “Urban Resilience - Community, Density and Ecosystems”, on September 20th in Toronto. Antonio Gomez Palacio, lead Planning Principal at DIALOG, presents, “A Framework for Community Resilience Planning: the Moncton story” Witnessing floods, fires, economic downturns, demographic bubbles, cities and communities are increasingly preoccupied with becoming more robust and able to withstand devastating scenarios. More often than not, they seek to build heftier infrastructure, in an attempt to prevent change. Antonio will argue that resilience is not about preventing change, rather about managing change (adapting, responding, recovering, and adapting anew) by focusing not on infrastructure but rather on quality of life and community objectives. He presents a framework for planning resilient communities, illustrated through a case study: the city of Moncton, NB.
Craig Applegath is a founder partner of DIALOG’s Toronto studio. His work focuses on improving our environmental impact in design. In 2010 DIALOG partnered with Community Forests International (CFI) to develop an innovative Carbon Sequestration program. We’ve always been a leader in regenerative planning and design and it was important to us that we take responsibility for the carbon output of our own activities. By protecting and restoring endangered forests, DIALOG and CFI were able to offset the footprint of all four of our studios across Canada. The resulting program has been immensely successful and serves as a model for organizations and governments that can be scaled and replicated throughout the world. Currently, CFI is helping the province of NB develop carbon offset strategies for the future. For SBE16, Craig partners with Executive Director, Jeff Schnurr of CFI to present, “Strengthening Symbiotic Flows: Valuing Ecosystem Services and Natural Capital” Craig Applegath and Jeff Schnurr build regenerative relationships between the rural and urban. Since 2010, the speakers have pioneered an innovative carbon offset initiative, which has stored over 15,000 tons of CO2 equivalent through the restoration of 700 acres of endangered forests. Building on the belief that climate change mitigation and adaptation requires a holistic approach, this presentation will discuss how regenerative relationships can be built on a regional scale, impacting our economy, natural environment and culture. A regenerative urban and rural relationship can be built by recognizing symbiotic flows, such as the exchange of energy, food, forest products, people and information – this presentation will explore how we can strengthen symbiotic flows by valuing ecosystem services and natural capital.
SBE16 Toronto – September 19 & 20, 2016 Urban Resilience - Community, Density and Ecosystems
3:30-5:30 PM Tuesday, September 20th
Marriott Toronto Downtown Eaton Centre
525 Bay St, Toronto, ON CANADA
We’re proud to sponsor the SBE16Toronto Green Building Festival: this is an unparalleled opportunity to learn more about Resilient and Regenerative Urban Environments. View the complete program here: http://sbcanada.org/conferences/sbe16-toronto/sbe16-programming/sbe16-schedule/. Join us in Toronto on Sept 19-20, learn from leaders in industry, academia and government, and earn valuable CEUs including 9.5 GBCI & 14.5 OAA hrs: one and two day delegate passes and tickets for the fun Green Building Networking Reception are available at www.SBE16Toronto.com/register.
To learn more about Community Forests International, and how to get involved visit forestsinternational.org
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