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Canadian Architecture and the Climate Crisis

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Halifax Central Library

5440 Spring Garden Road

Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1E9

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The construction and operation of buildings accounts for 39% of global carbon emissions – more than industry and almost double the transportation sector. Some keys to building more sustainably may be found in Canada. Back in the 70s, Canada pioneered the prototype “Passive House” in Saskatchewan – a home with no furnace that captured energy from occupant activities and the sun for heating – as well as the PEI Ark, a self-sufficient home including solar heat, a wind turbine, and a large greenhouse with indoor fish ponds for food.

Today, architects are figuring out how to build net-zero energy and net-zero carbon buildings. The world’s largest near-zero energy community centre is set to open in Surrey BC, and architects across the country are vying to build ever taller highrises out of carbon-capturing wood, instead of steel and concrete. Some architects are moving beyond technology to embrace community-engaged design and build approaches, including food and energy cooperatives.

This event will include presentation of research from the new book Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967 to the present (Princeton Architectural Press), and a discussion with panelists Peter Busby, Susan Fitzgerald, and Steven Mannell, moderated by Elsa Lam.

This event is part of the fall lecture series for Dalhousie University’s College of Sustainability. It will be recorded by CBC Ideas for possible broadcast.

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Peter Busby, Perkins and Will, Vancouver

Susan Fitzgerald, FBM Architecture | Interior Design, Halifax

Elsa Lam, Canadian Architect magazine, Toronto

Steven Mannell, College of Sustainability, Dalhousie University

Co-hosted by Canadian Architect, Halifax Public Library, Dalhousie University College of Sustainability, Dalhousie University School of Architecture, Dalhousie University Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Dalhousie Architectural Press, Nova Scotia Association of Architects, and CAGBC Atlantic.

Copies of the book Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967 to the present will be available for purchase at the event.

Please note that this event is general admission, first come, first served. Reserving a ticket does not guarantee a seat at the event.

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