Ecocity World Summit Speakers Series, Part XIV

November 26, 2009

yeang_kenDr. Ken Yeang is the world’s leading architect in ecological and passive low energy design. He has delivered over 200 built projects and his ‘bioclimatic’ towers have had an impact around the world, fusing high-tech and organic principles. Born in Penang, Malaysia in 1948, Yeang was educated there, as well as in the U.S. and the UK, receiving his doctorate in Architecture from Cambridge University, and attending graduate courses at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard. His expertise in the field of green design originated from his early doctoral dissertation from Cambridge University (1971-1974) followed by his ongoing R&D work, which has since led to the publication of a number of his treatises on the topic of ecological design and planning, bioclimatic design and high-rise design. He is best known as the inventor of the Bioclimatic skyscraper (as a genre of low-energy skyscrapers based on bioclimatic design principles), and for his novel ideas on designing the high-rise building type as vertical urban design. Llewelyn Davies Yeang:


Ecocity World Summit Speakers, Part XIII

November 25, 2009

Today: Brent Toderian, Rusong Wang & Ken Yeang

Brent Toderian, Director of Planning, Vancouver, BC, CANADA
toderian_brentIn 2006, Brent Toderian was appointed the City of Vancouver’s Director of Cent Planning, succeeding celebrated Co-Directos Larry Beasley and Dr,. Ann Mcafee. his broad mandate involves current planning, including the many projects related to the 2010 Winter Olympics, and visioning/CityPlans, including the new “EcoDensity” citywide initiative recently adopted by the City. EcoDensity is based on the premise that strategically located, sustainably designed density can reduce the City’s ecological footprint while making vancouver more sustainable, livable and affordable. Since arriving, Brent’s been encouraging candid, city-wide dialogue around an evolving urbanism, with bold opportunities around sustainability, creativity and architectural risk taking. Vancouver Ecodensity:

Rusong Wang, President, Ecological Society of China, Co-convener, Ecocity World Summit 2008, CHINA
wang_rusongMr Rusong Wang is head of the Center for Ecological and Environmental Sciences at the Chinese Academy of Science and has been one of the pioneering leaders in ecological city theory and support of those practicing the sciences and arts of ecocity building. He is one of the founders of the Ecological Society of China and he has been one of the most accomplished ecologists and champion of solutions in waste treatment and pollution abatement for the health delivery systems in China. Internationally he is known as one of the founders of SCOPE – Scientific Committee on Problems in the Environment. Rusong has convend many conferences for SCOPE kindred to the International Ecocity Conferences. He expounds a theory based on ancient Chinese tradition and on remapping cities for reshaping them for minimum energy demand and maximum ecodiversity. He is also a member of the Peoples Congress of China. Ecological Society of China:

Ecocity World Summit Speakers, Part XII

November 24, 2009

Today: Hiroaki Suzuki & Sudarshan Tiwari

Hiroaki Suzuki, Lead Urban Specialist, Finance Economics & Urban Department, the World Bank
Hiroaki Suzuki has more than 20 years of the World Bank operational experiences in infrastructure sector and public sector management. Having worked in East Asia and Pacific Region, as East Asia Urban Sector Leader/China Urban Sector Coordinator for the last five years, he recently joined the World Bank’s corporate Finance Economics & Urban Department (FEU). He is the principal author of “Eco2 cities: Ecological Cities as Economic Cities (”. Eco2 cities initiative which helps cities in developing countries achieve ecological and economic sustainability is a World Bank’s new urban sector business line which has been adopted as an integral part of the World Bank’s new urban sector strategy which will be launched, soon.

Sudarshan Tiwari, Architect and City Historian, Katmandu, NEPAL
tiwari_sudarshanDr Tiwari is an architect and cultural historian and scholar of the Katmandu Valley of Nepal. Sudarshan earned degrees in architecture from the University of Delhi and the University of Hawaii. He has served in the faculty of Tribhuvan University’s Institute of Engineering for more than 25 years, and was Dean of the Institute between 1988 and 1992. His own interest drew him to the study of Nepali historical architecture, urbanism and conservation, which led to a PhD from Tribhuvan University, Katmandu, for his work on the ancient settlements of the Katmandu Valley. Sudarshan Tiwari:

Ecocity World Summit Speakers, Part XI

November 23, 2009

Today: Richard Register & Ambika Shukla

Richard Register, President, Ecocity Builders, Founder of the International Ecocity Conference Series, USA
register_richardMr. Richard Register is the world’s leading author, illustrator and theorist in ecological city design and planning. He is also an activist on local projects, from creek restoration and urban gardening to street and building redesign, working with environmentalists, developers and politicians to get a better city built and running. Mr Register is founder of Ecocity Builders, a California non-profit corporation. He convened the First international Ecocity Conference in 1990 and advised on all subsequent conferences in the series. These evens have involved approximately 5,000 people and 625 speakers to dates. His latest book is Ecocities – Rebuilding Cities in Balance with Nature. Ecocity Builders:

Ambika Shukla, Director, People For Animals, INDIA
shuklaAmbika Shukla of New Delhi is widely considered one of Asia’s leading advocates to protect animals and wildlife. Educated in the United States, she has worked with numerous global organisations such as the World Wildlife Federation in drawing attention to the subject of cruelty to animals. She runs a nonprofit, nonpartisan organisation called People for Animals, which operates animal shelters in virtually all of India’s 29 states. Ms Shukla is a popular speaker on the lecture circuit in India, South-east Asia, Europe and the United States.

Ecocity World Summit Speakers, Part X

November 20, 2009

Today: Andrew McKillop & Suha Ozkan

Andrew McKillop, energy expert and economic analyst, FRANCE
Andrew McKillop is a writer and consultant on oil and energy economics. Since 1975 he has worked in energy, economic and scientific organizations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America. These include the Canada Science Council, the ILO, European Commission, Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and South Pacific, and the World Bank. He is a founding member of the Asian chapter of the International Association of Energy Economics. He has published widely in journals including the Ecologist, the New Scientist and Le Monde Diplomatique. He writes and consults about the impact of oil prices on the economy and currently advises the ECOHABITAT sustainable housing and property development project near the French, Belgium and Luxemburg borders.

Suha Ozkan, Architect, Urban Planner, Historian, Theorist, Founding Chairman, World Architecture Community, TURKEY
ozkan_suhaDr. Özkan has undertaken extensive research on the theory and history of architecture, design, vernacular form, and emergency housing, and has published over 300 articles and numerous monographs. These have been translated into French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Bhasa. At METU, he taught architectural design and design theory for fifteen years, and became Associate Dean of the Faculty of Architecture in 1978. Then he was appointed as Vice-President of the university in 1979-1982. He taught and lectured extensively in North America, Europe, Central-, South-, and Southeast Asia, and throughout the Middle East. Presently he is the Founding Chairman of World Architecture Community {WAC} a Geneva and Istanbul based international consultancy company. WAC has established an internet based interactive World-wide architecture and planning community which has been breaking world records among architectural sites since August 2008. In 2008 he curated an exhibition on contemporary Turkish architecture entitled 7 Architects from 7 Hills which was displayed in Turin at Palazzo Bertalazone di San Fermo.

Ecocity World Summit Speakers, Part IX

November 19, 2009

Today: Janet Larsen & Beng Lee Ong

Janet Larsen, Research Director, Earth Policy Institute, Washington DC, USA
larsen_janetMs Larsen is Director of Research at Earth Policy Institute, the think tank founded by Lester Brown advocating for a “Plan B,” a systematic approach to planning at all levels of government, especially national, for conservation of resources, biology and climate via major government and education changes around the world. Janet manages the research program with Lester Brown, planning new projects and coordinating the efforts of the research team. She uses her interdisciplinary background in researching the Eco-Economy Updates, and the Eco-Economy Indicators, similar to her work at the Worldwatch Institute on the Issue Alerts, State of the World and vital Signs. Earth Policy Institute:

Beng Lee Ong, Director (Eco-city Project Office), Ministry of National Development, SINGAPORE
lee_ong_bengMr Ong Beng Lee was appointed to the Singapore Administrative Service in 1990. In his current appointment as Director of the Eco-city Project Office in the Ministry of National Development, he helps to formulate policies and programs for the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city, and oversees its smooth implementation in close partnership with the relevant Chinese authorities and Singapore agencies, and the joint venture company undertaking the development of the Eco-city. Mr Ong read Philosophy, Politics and Economics in Oxford University on an Overseas Merit Scholarship (Open) from 1985 to 1988, and attended the Programme for Management Development at Harvard Business School in 2001. Prior to his current appointment, he had served in various Government agencies, including the Ministries of Trade and Industry, Home Affairs and Defense.

Ecocity World Summit Speakers, Part VIII

November 18, 2009

Today: Walter Hood & Mitchell Joachim

Walter Hood, Principal, HOOD Design, Professor, University of California at Berkeley, USA

hood_walterThrough his pioneering work as an ‘urbanist,’ Hood has integrated architectural features such as playgrounds, plazas and squares into city sites whose pasts are vibrant but forgotten. By reflecting the shifting cultural composition and respecting the evolving nature of neighborhoods throughout San Francisco and Oakland, he has created an oasis in these areas, and through his close involvement with the local communities, he developed tailored solutions for Bay Area based parks while retaining a cohesive artistic vision. Hood is also professor and former Chair of the Landscape Architecture Department at the University of California, Berkeley, and principal of Hood Design in Oakland, CA. He has exhibited and lectured on his professional projects and theoretical works nationally and abroad. He is currently researching and writing a book entitled Urban Landscapes: American Landscape Typologies.” HOOD Design:

Mitchell Joachim, co-founder Terreform ONE, USA

joachimMitchell Joachim is acknowledged as an innovator in ecological design and urban design. He is also a researcher and architectural educator. Mitchell Joachim’s specific professional interest has been adapting principles of physical and social ecology to architecture, urban design, transport, and environmental planning. He is a Co-Founder at Terrefuge and Terreform ONE. Currently he is faculty at Columbia University and Parsons. Formerly an architect at Gehry Partners, and Pei Cobb Freed. He has been awarded the Moshe Safdie Research Fellowship, and the Martin Family Society Fellow for Sustainability. He won the History Channel and Infiniti Design Excellence Award for the City of the Future, and Time Magazine Best Invention of the Year 2007, MIT Car w/ MIT Smart Cities. His project, Fab Tree Hab, has been exhibited at MoMA and widely published. He was selected by Wired magazine for “The 2008 Smart List: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To”. Rolling Stone magazine honored Mitchell as an agent of change in “The 100 People Who Are Changing America”.