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The Future of Energy
Core Series
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 9:00am
The Museum of Modern Art

Conference: The Future of Energy

Keynote addresses by Jeffrey Sachs, The Earth Institute, and Matthias Schuler, Transsolar

with

David Benjamin, Columbia University GSAPP
Anna Dyson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Juan Herreros, Columbia University GSAPP
Janette Kim, Columbia University GSAPP
Judit Kimpian, Aedas
Toni Kotnik, ETH Zurich
Forrest Meggers, Princeton School of Architecture
Scott Marble, Columbia University GSAPP
Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP
Craig Schwitter, Columbia University GSAPP
Jonathan Trent, University of California, Santa Cruz
Dean Whatmoor, Verdant Power

Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2, Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street
Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis
Doors open at 8:30am

Sponsored by Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®

What role should economic policy and technological innovation play in our thinking about energy? Are green building metrics such as LEED and ASHRAE still relevant? Are digital simulations and new building systems influencing our capacity to handle new challenges? How will we test out and scale up new solutions? What are the interdependencies between energy-efficient buildings, urban infrastructure, and natural ecosystems?

In this daylong conversation, leading thinkers and practitioners will grapple with these and other pressing questions related to the future of energy. They will describe their work with passive cooling systems, free-flow tidal power, offshore algae farms, abandoned petrochemical sites, geothermal energy, and the relationship of energy to the developing world. They also will explore how major shifts in technology can trickle down, and how incremental and personal changes can scale up. And finally, they will present new applications and definitions related to energy, and consider how these developments today may lay the foundation for imagining change in realms of energy production and consumption tomorrow.

Schedule

9–9:15: Welcome by Mark Wigley and Edwin B. Hathaway

9:15–10:15 Keynote Jeffrey Sachs

10:15–11:45 Panel 1
Kate Orff
Dean Whatmoor
Jonathan Trent
Moderated by David Benjamin

11:45–12:30 Lunch

12:30–2:00 Panel 2
Juan Herreros
Janette Kim
Toni Kotnik

Moderated by Craig Schwitter

2:00–3:30 Panel 3
Anna Dyson
Judit Kimpian
Forrest Meggers

Moderated by Scott Marble

3:30–3:45 Break

3:45–5 Keynote: Matthias Schuler and response by Mark Wigley



About The Future of Energy:

What is energy? Led by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) and Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, this multi-year initiative sifts historic and contemporary conceptions of energy to shape the conversation and debate of tomorrow. It looks at energy broadly, with special consideration of disruptive and revolutionary moments, and through interviews and public events, gathers an array of global thought leaders on the philosophy, pragmatics, and big-picture politics of the future of energy.


Click the links below to watch the full conference video:

Jeffrey Sachs keynote and Panel 1

Panel 2 and Panel 3

Matthias Schuler keynote



Photos by Samuel Lahoz