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10/3/19, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Center for Architecture
2.5 LU / 2.5 HSW

Across the world cities are trying to tackle the increasing health impacts from air pollution and the urban heat island effect. 

Every year, New York City experiences an average of 450 heat-related emergency department visits, 150 heat-related hospital admissions, and 13 heatstroke deaths. The City also averages about 115 excess deaths from natural causes exacerbated by extreme heat annually.

From an urban design perspective much can be done to mitigate and to adapt to climate change related health impacts – not least in terms of developing solutions that are co-beneficial and aesthetic at the same time.

During the summer of 2019, the City of New York teamed up with Access Cities, a global alliance for sustainable urban development, to organize an Open Innovation Call on Air Quality and Urban Heat Island Effect as a call to action.

Contestants were requested to propose solutions for a specific neighborhood in NYC with some of the highest rates of heat-related illness and mortality and known air quality vulnerability issues.

This Archtober-affiliated event will highlight and celebrate the winner of the Open Innovation Call together with other innovative initiatives in New York, and internationally, which are tackling these challenges.

Join us for an enlightening evening featuring curated expert discussions and exhibitions.

5:30 pm Registration & Refreshments

6:00pm Welcome

6:10pm Opening keynote – State of international research on urban Air Quality and Urban Heat Island Effect
Urban Climate Change Research Network by  Jeffrey Raven, FAIA, LEED BD+C, RAVEN A+U / Director – Graduate Urban Design, New York Institute of Technology; Urban Climate Change Research Network

6:20pm NYC specific initiatives

6:20-6:50pm Access Cities Open Innovation Call Track 2 Winner presentation of NYC site specific proposal

6:50-7:10pm Findings from ULI study: A Vision for a Greener, Healthier, Cooler Gowanus: Strategies to Mitigate Urban Heat Island Effect

7:15pm Curated panel discussion with Andrew Rudd, Urban Environment Officer, UN Habitat, Fernando Ortiz, Sustainable Designer & Climate Preparedness and Resiliency Organizer, The Point, and Dr. Christian Braneon, NASA Goddard, Columbia Earth Institute

7:45pm Call to action – Costa Constantinides, Council member 22nd District of the City of New York

7:55pm Exhibition by Access Cities Open Innovation Call Finalists & Reception

About Access Cities
Access Cities is a Global Alliance for Sustainable Urban Development. Currently running in New York City, Munich, Singapore, and the two Danish cities of Copenhagen and Aarhus, the program aims to solve city problems through multi-stakeholder challenges and open innovation, as a way of accelerating technology and solution knowledge sharing between cities, and to offer better testing opportunities for vendors.

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Organized by
Danish Cleantech Hub
10/3/19, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Center for Architecture
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