School of Architecture, CUHK

Albert Pope: Carbon 2065

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18:00 - 19:30


Exhibition Zone F, 1/F, AIT Building, CUHK


Lecture by Albert Pope

This lecture will show recent work to demonstrate a new model of urban density. Capable of being realised over the next 50-year building cycle, this model is designed to cut per capita energy consumption in North America by 75%. This reduction is the amount required to keep surface temperature warming within 2 degrees Centigrade. Built on spine-based urban development, this model combines rewilded green corridors, carbon plantations and cross-laminated timber construction in order to integrate urban development into the carbon cycle. Beyond its immediate response to the ecological crisis, the project deploys wood in various states in an attempt to create a broad-based material culture capable of replacing vernacular practices that were abandoned over half a century ago.

Albert Pope is a Houston-based architect and the Gus Sessions Wortham Professor of Architecture at Rice University. He has won design awards from the national and local chapters of the American Institute of Architects and has received funding for design work from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rice University Shell Center for Sustainability. He is the author of Ladders (Principal Architectural Press, 2014) and a Fellow at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

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