Utility Resilience: Lessons from Puerto Rico and Local Preparation
Nov
30
7:15 AM07:15

Utility Resilience: Lessons from Puerto Rico and Local Preparation

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Adapting utilities to be resilient to climate impacts, from extreme storm events to heatwaves, poses significant challenges and opportunities for providers and communities. Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017 and resulted in the longest blackout in U.S. History. The Forum welcomes Malu Blázquez Arsuaga, the Executive Director of the Resilient Puerto Rico Advisory Commission, and speakers from Resilient Power Puerto Rico to discuss lessons learned from Hurricane Maria and rebuilding resilient utility infrastructure.

We will then turn our focus to local climate impacts and hear what steps are being taken for regional utility resilience. Local utility providers and communities will discuss on-going projects and challenges for climate adaptation in New England.


Forum Co-Chairs

Julie Eaton, Lead Resiliency Engineer - Weston & Sampson

Alex Papali, Green Justice Organizer - Clean Water Action

Keynote Speakers

Malu Blázquez Arsuaga, Executive Director - Resilient Puerto Rico Advisory Commission

Jonathan J. Marvel, FAIA, President - Resilient Power Puerto Rico

Speaker Agenda

Panelists:

  • Yanel de Angel, Associate Principal, Perkins & Will

  • G. Paul Anundson, P.E., Principal Engineer, Electric Standards, National Grid

  • María Belén Power, Associate Executive Director, Chelsea GreenRoots

  • Stacey Kokaram, Director, Office of Public Health Preparedness, Boston Public Health Commission

  • Sam Woolard, Director – Distributing Engineering, Eversource Energy


Registration Information

EBC Member: $35
EBC Membership is corporate – all staff from our member companies can register as an EBC Member.
Not sure if you’re a member? Visit our online Member Directory.

Non-members: $45

Government/Nonprofit: $15
This rate is available for those employed by Government, Municipal, or Nonprofit organizations.

University of Massachusetts – If you are affiliated with the University of Massachusetts, please get in touch with Rebecca Herst, Director of the Sustainable Solutions Lab at UMass Boston, for registration information. All others affiliated with universities or colleges – please use the above Nonprofit rate for registration.

Fine Print: Cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 23 for a refund. No-shows will be charged.


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ABX2018 / ResilientSEE: Design Professionals for Disaster Relief
Nov
29
3:00 PM15:00

ABX2018 / ResilientSEE: Design Professionals for Disaster Relief

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Session: RC11

Title: ResilientSEE: Design Professionals for Disaster Relief

Abstract:

In the summer of 2017, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean Islands were devastated by a series of hurricanes, most notably by Hurricane Maria. Boston has a significant amount of design professionals practicing locally who are from the Caribbean or connected to the region. A group was formed; Resilient SEE is a global alliance committed to designing and rebuilding a resilient, sustainable Puerto Rico. Together, we’re creating opportunities for Puerto Rico to recover and thrive through thoughtful design and strategic planning. We’re donating our time and resources to raise global awareness about resilience, and to develop pilot programs aimed at protecting the island from future extreme weather events. There are concurrent initiatives underway addressing energy issues and an initiative to build roofs in conjunction with a program by MIT students is in the works. This session will focus on the opportunities and challenges of promoting and executing a disaster relief effort by local professionals. This effort could be a future blueprint replicable for other design professionals and experts wanting to help regions affected by catastrophic events and in need of resilient strategies for rebuilding.

Speakers:

Natasha Espada, STUDIO ENÉE

Yanel de Angel, Perkins+Will

Danniely Staback Rodriguez, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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ABX2018 / Post-Maria Puerto Rico: Defining Resilient Recovery
Nov
29
8:30 AM08:30

ABX2018 / Post-Maria Puerto Rico: Defining Resilient Recovery

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Session: TH03

Title: Post-Maria Puerto Rico: Defining Resilient Recovery

Abstract:

Co-sponsored by the BSA’s Global Practice Network and the Committee on Resilient Environments (CORE), this panel presentation and discussion will examine the state of recovery in Puerto Rico. Hurricanes Irma and Maria highlighted the long-term challenges of this Caribbean country at the frontlines of a changing climate. The initial disaster response exposed systems and processes that – while often not ideal – must be recognized and examined for their potential to influence long-term recovery. Pedro Sifre, who has documented conditions on the ground in 2018, will present historical context and the current state of recovery. Ramón Bueno, who has studied the links between climate change impacts and societal and economic conditions, will explore resilience as an equitable balance of social, environmental, and economic concerns, informed by the best climate science available. Dave Hampton, who has assisted in the recovery efforts in Haiti and elsewhere will frame a discussion around the central questions: what is resilient recovery? From what? For whom? And who decides? This interactive session is intended to spark further discussion on how design professionals can better impact recovery at home and abroad.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion, participant will be able to articulate and describe the profound and lasting impact of devastating events on the social, economic, and environmental fabric of a jurisdiction

Upon completion, participant will be able to identify critical challenges through the four lenses of: (1) built environment and infrastructure, (2) natural environment, (3) communities, and (4) governance

Upon completion, participant will be able to define "recovery" and distinguish different points along the recovery spectrum: immediate response, short-term, and long-term recovery

Upon completion, participant will be able to develop realistic action items for design professionals to bring resilient recovery to the mainstream and increase the adaptive capacity of these concepts

Speakers:

Dave Hampton, re:ground, LLC

Pedro Sifre, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Ramón Bueno, Independent Consultant

Mark Careaga, Payette

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ABX2018 / From the Ground Up: Grassroots Initiatives
Nov
29
8:30 AM08:30

ABX2018 / From the Ground Up: Grassroots Initiatives

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Session: WD01

Title: From the Ground Up: Grassroots Initiatives

Abstract:

How can we have a positive impact on our world? In recent years grassroots movements have increased as people seek to fill voids in social, policy, and implementation aspects of the built environment. Grassroots movements are often initiated in the public realm, with architects and designers playing a role alongside other professionals and members of the public to achieve a community, regional, or even national goal. Whatever the goal of grassroots movements- whether to change policy, to support disadvantaged groups, or to add physically to the built environment- there are common challenges. These include identifying a need, building support, growing effectively, and ultimately implementing measures to address the need. In this keynote discussion we bring together architectural practitioners, educators, and community engagement professionals to explore the genesis, execution, and growth of grassroots movements as they relate to the design community along with the skills that we as designers can bring to their success.

Speakers:

Yanel de Angel

Kristen Chin

Courtney Sharpe

Jennie Stephens

Jennifer Hardy

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ABX2018 / ResilientSEE: Design Professionals for Disaster Relief
Nov
28
3:00 PM15:00

ABX2018 / ResilientSEE: Design Professionals for Disaster Relief

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Session: RC07

Title: ResilientSEE: Design Professionals for Disaster Relief

Abstract:

In the summer of 2017, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean Islands were devastated by a series of hurricanes, most notably by Hurricane Maria. Boston has a significant amount of design professionals practicing locally who are from the Caribbean or connected to the region. A group was formed; Resilient SEE is a global alliance committed to designing and rebuilding a resilient, sustainable Puerto Rico. Together, we’re creating opportunities for Puerto Rico to recover and thrive through thoughtful design and strategic planning. We’re donating our time and resources to raise global awareness about resilience, and to develop pilot programs aimed at protecting the island from future extreme weather events. There are concurrent initiatives underway addressing energy issues and an initiative to build roofs in conjunction with a program by MIT students is in the works. This session will focus on the opportunities and challenges of promoting and executing a disaster relief effort by local professionals. This effort could be a future blueprint replicable for other design professionals and experts wanting to help regions affected by catastrophic events and in need of resilient strategies for rebuilding.

Speakers:

Natasha Espada, STUDIO ENÉE

Yanel de Angel, Perkins+Will

Danniely Staback Rodriguez, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Vivienda y Energía en Puerto Rico
Nov
13
2:00 PM14:00

Vivienda y Energía en Puerto Rico

  • La Terraza Administracion Central UPR (map)
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El INESI los invita al 15to Encuentro de Constituyentes de Energía.

Como invitados tendremos la participación del Dr. Fernando Abruña, quien estará compartiendo experiencias y experimentos de vivienda en Puerto Rico, así como recomendaciones para una vivienda resiliente.

Además, contaremos con la participación del Arq. Carlos Muñíz, quien con un enfoque social, compartirá diferentes diseños de vivienda y experiencias de residentes de las comunidades del Caño Martin Peña en San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Finalmente tendremos la participación de la Arq. Yanel de Angel, arquitecta de la oficina de Perkins + Will en Boston. Esta estará compartiendo con nosotros experiencias de ResilientSEE-PR, una iniciativa sin fines de lucro para brindar ayuda a largo plazo a las comunidades en Puerto Rico a través de diseños y planificación resilientes.

Le pedimos, por favor, confirme su asistencia a través del siguiente enlace

Si tiene alguna duda, no dude en comunicarse a este correo electrónico o al (939) 275-7836. 

Esperamos contar con su asistencia. *Evento libre de costo*

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OAC Boston 5K
Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

OAC Boston 5K

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Open Architecture Collaborative Boston 5K

Proceeds to benefit Puerto Rico recovery through the Boston Society of Architects

  • Start is adjacent to Track

  • Arrive early for limited parking in New Street parking lot

  • 15 minute walk from Alewife T

T-shirts for the first 100 entrants
Awards for top 3 Men & Women
as well as top age-group finishers
Awards to 3 Member Teams of Architectural Firms or Schools - Age & Gender Graded

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HUBweek 2018: Creating Resilient Communities Through War and Disaster
Oct
12
2:15 PM14:15

HUBweek 2018: Creating Resilient Communities Through War and Disaster

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Join HUBweek's Media Stage for a presentation looking at growing human migration and displacement due to violence, famine, and persecution, and in anticipation of the foreseeable migration of climate refugees, globally and nationally. Our aim is to make visible the voices, movements and activities of those living in at risk neighborhoods, temporary encampments, or other impermanent “permanent” shelters due to these factors in Boston, Haiti, Lebanon, and more. According to the UNHCR, the average stay of refugees in temporary encampments is now 27 years.

Moderator:

Michael McHugh
Open Architecture Collaborative (OAC)

Speakers:

Rob Freni
Director of Architecture, Build Health International (BHI)

Natasha Espada AIA, LEED BD+C
Principal, STUDIO ENÉE architects

Patricia Seitz AIA
Professor and Head of Graduate Architecture Program, MassArt

The Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA) is presenting this showcase between Open Architecture Collaborative Boston (OAC); resilientSEE; Syria Initiative for Refugee Children; and Build Health International (BHI)

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Metropolis Think Tank Discussion
Sep
26
4:00 PM16:00

Metropolis Think Tank Discussion

Join Metropolis' Susan S. Szenasy and Perkins+Will for a Think Tank discussion on The Role of Community in Designing for Resilience.

One year after Hurricanes Irma and Maria took their devastating tolls on Puerto Rico, the island is still struggling to recover. To respond, a new global alliance of designers, engineers, academics, nonprofits, and citizens promises to help Puerto Rico recover and thrive, donating time and resources toward a comprehensive resilient planning and design strategy. This Think Tank will explore that alliance—known as Resilient-SEE—and reveal how it and similar partnerships between private companies, public institutions, and individual community members can lead to social, environmental, and economic resilience—not just in Puerto Rico, but anywhere in the world.

For more information visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/it-takes-a-village-the-role-of-community-in-designing-for-resilience-tickets-49561810710

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