Calling all architects and design students!

Buildings consume 40% of the world’s energy every year and generate almost half of the carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming. Immediate action in the building industry is essential if we are to avoid hazardous change to our climate.

Today a critical event is taking place in downtown Manhattan to discuss architecture’s impact on climate change:

The 2010 Imperative Global Emergency Teach-In is a free interactive web-cast broadcast live from New York, reaching more than 500,000 students, faculty, deans and practicing professionals in the architecture, planning and design communities in both North and South America. All design schools, professional design firms and governmental entities (planning departments, city officials, etc.) are being asked to substitute the Teach-in for classes/work today, February 20th, 2007, from Noon to 3:30pm EST. Many schools and offices are even planning day-long activities around the event…

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And for Columbia students, I have personally organized an event up at Columbia’s GSAPP to tune into the webcast and hold a student/faculty panel to discuss the issue of global warming and the built environment. Susan Szenasy, the Editor-in-Chief of Metropolis magazine, has graciously agreed to rush up from the webcast downtown to participate in our panel discussion with Reinhold Martin, Laura Kurgan, Kate Orff and Davidson Norris of the GSAPP faculty and Chris Small, from Columbia’s Earth Institute. If you are a Columbia student or faculty, please come and join us in Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall, from 2-6pm. Here’s the schedule for our event:

GLOBAL EMERGENCY: The Architecture of Global Warming
Tuesday, February 20th

12:00 – 2:00 2010 Global Imperative Webcast in Studios, 500 South, 600 North
2:00 – 3:45 2010 Imperative Q&A in Wood Auditorium

4:00 Student/Faculty Panel Discussion:
Design After An Inconvenient Truth

Susan Szenasy, Editor-in-Chief, Metropolis magazine
Reinhold Martin, GSAPP
Laura Kurgan, GSAPP
Kate Orff , GSAPP
Davidson Norris, GSAPP
Chris Small, Columbia’s Earth Institute.

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Are you being trained for the world you will inherit?
Come find out.