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Utzon Lecture: Changing the Storyline: From Green to Regenerative

Changing the Storyline: From Green to Regenerative
Dr Raymond J Cole
University of British Columbia, Canada

Changing the Storyline: From Green to Regenerative
Green building strategies, performance goals, and associated assessment methods currently emphasize the ways and extent that buildings should reduce the degenerative consequences of human activity on the health and integrity of ecological systems.  In contrast to this necessary but, as will be argued, insufficient ‘doing less harm’ approach, the emerging notion of ‘regenerative sustainability’ is garnering attention as a necessary and complementary aspiration. This more positive and engaging approach emphasizes a co-evolutionary, partnered relationship between humans and the natural environment that builds, rather than diminishes, social and natural capitals. A central argument though the presentation will be the storylines embedded in the ‘green’ and ‘regenerative’ approaches and their potency to affect significant sustainability advances through building design and neighbourhood development.
Dr Raymond J Cole
Ray Cole is a Professor and past-Director of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia and the Academic Director of UBC’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability. Although his education is in engineering and science, Dr Cole has spent the majority of his career in the field of architecture and is an Honorary Member of the Architectural Institute of BC and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.
Dr Cole has received numerous academic and professional awards and distinctions for his research, teaching and leadership activities in the field of green building. He holds the designation of North American Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor and UBC Distinguished University Scholar.  Dr Cole is a past Director member of the Canadian Green Building Council; a Cascadia Fellow; a recipient of the US Green Building Council’s Green Public Service Leadership Award, the AIBC’s Barbara Darymple Memorial Award for Community Service, the Sustainable Buildings Canada’s Life-time Achievement Award and the Canada Green Building Council’s Lifetime Leadership Award. Dr Cole was a recipient of the 2013 World Green Building Council Chairman’s Award.
Where: Law Theatre G04, Ground Floor, UNSW Law Building, UNSW Kensington
When: Wednesday, 29 April 2015 from 6:30 PM
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