October 30, 2009

Ecology Friendly Urban Designer will speak for Campen Lecture in Architecture and Sculpture

Urban designers realize the increasing importance to be environmentally sensitive. Douglas Farr, urban planner and president and CEO of Farr Associates Architecture and Urban Design, will explore that topic at Case Western Reserve University when he gives the 2009 Richard N. Campen Lecture in Architecture and Sculpture.

The free, public lecture begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, November 5, in Ford Auditorium in Allen Memorial Library, 11000 Euclid Ave. on the Case Western Reserve campus. The lecture is sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University.

Douglas Farr
Douglas Farr

Farr is well known as a leader for ecologically sensitive, sustainable urban constructions. His Chicago-based and award-winning architecture and planning firm has recently been named by the New York Times as the “most prominent of the city’s growing cadre of ecologically sensitive architects.”

Farr Associates became the first firm to design three buildings certified as “platinum,” the highest distinction from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a Green Building Rating System, which provides criteria for sustainable construction. These buildings include Christy Webber Landscapes, the Chicago Center for Green Technology, and the Center for Neighborhood Technology. They are considered models of urban architectural sustainability.

In his highly acclaimed book, Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature (2007), Farr and contributing authors introduce models for sustainable urban design that pay equal attention to urban planning and architectural design. They call for developing more housing and car-free urban areas, environment-friendly walk-to open spaces, neighborhood storm-water systems, waste treatment and food production, as well as high-performance infrastructure and buildings.

The architect’s work has been featured in Architectural Record, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the PBS documentary “The Green Machine.”

Farr serves on the board of the Congress for the New Urbanism and as an advisor for various sustainability initiatives. He was also the founding chair of the LEED Neighborhood Development project (LEED-ND).

He is the founder of the 2030 Communities Campaign, which proposes to reduce total vehicle-miles traveled by 50 percent and aims to have 100 percent of public and private development projects achieve LEED-ND Platinum certification by 2030.

For information, call 368-8961 or visit http://www.case.edu/humanities.

Posted by: Gina Prodan, October 30, 2009 01:48 PM | News Topics:

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