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Solar Biophilia: Ecosystem Services for High Density Communities
AIA San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
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Solar Biophilia: Ecosystem Services for High Density Communities
The Architecture at Zero competition, sponsored by AIA San Francisco and PG&E in 2011, raises a number of provocative ideas about creating low carbon urban environments.  At the core:  how do we create high-density transit accessible urban landscapes that also meet essential requirements for solar access, and biophilic landscapes?

We have assembled an exceptional panel of architecture and urban planning practitioners to discuss the ideas raised by the competition, and real world case studies pushing the limits of optimal urban form.  Please join us for an engaging evening looking at policies that will shape California's 2030 Zero Net Energy commercial building challenge moving forward.

Isaac Brown, ASLA, Project Manager/ Associate, AECOM, is a planner and ecologist at AECOM in San Francisco.  Isaac specializes in analysis, planning, and design techniques that help projects maximize the benefits of their ecological and landscape resources.  His work typically addresses disciplines including climate change adaptation/mitigation, landscape carbon cycling, climate/heat island control, biodiversity, urban agriculture, water resources, renewable energy resources, and cultural enrichment.  Isaac applies these strategies within multi-disciplinary project teams in a variety of national and international sustainability, community, and landscape planning projects. Isaac has contributed to several of AECOM's recent innovations including the Sustainable Systems Integration ModelTM, the Landscape Biodiversity Planning System, and the award winning AECOM publication, Climate: Design.

Chris Parlette, Principal of WA Design, was the lead principal, in WA Design's winning entry for Architecture at Zero.  His special fascination with solar power and sustainability stem from his childhood interests in technology and nature.  Spending his time either skiing or mountain biking far off the beaten trail continue to inspire the endless possibilities for the connection between architecture and sustainability.  He is a graduate of University of California. Berkeley, Architecture.

Joseph Scanga, Principal, Calthorpe Associates, is a partner and urban designer with two decades of diverse experience at Calthorpe Associates.  His business acumen has helped shape the firm's network of partnerships and maintain a meaningful relationship with project clients.  He has managed projects in countries worldwide and has served clients in the public, private, and educational sectors.  Mr. Scanga's expertise is diverse, and his work has focused on urban design, station area planning, urban revitalization, and architecture of housing and mixed-use prototypes.



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