Workshop (afternoon):
Modeling the 2050 Net Zero (Smart) City

Time: 13:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10 May, 2015
Fee: $195 (includes light lunch)

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Conference participants will develop skills in modeling and developing the renewable and appropriate infrastructure of a sustainable metropolitan region, c 2050. Participants will explore:

a) Net-zero energy
b) Net-zero water infrastructure
c) Food production
d) Water and waste streams
e) Land use and transport

In the first hour, experts will present their visions of the net-zero 2050 community, including concept, assumed technologies and metrics.

In the ensuing three hours, participants will break out into different groups, each devoted to design of a net-zero community along a transect of declining density - from a block in a city center that may contain the tallest building in the world, to a disadvantaged ex-urban tract where conservation development may take primacy. The planning and design process will involve numerous opportunities for cross-fertilization of ideas.

The workshop will end with presentations by each group to the assembled participants.


cathcartColin Cathcart founded Kiss + Cathcart with Gregory Kiss in 1983 based on high standards of design, economy, ecology. Cathcart’s many successful green projects include Stuyvesant Cove Environmental Learning Center (2010), Pitt Street Residence on Houston Street, New York (2008), Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, NJ (2002), New Museum of Contemporary Art in Soho, New York City (1997), feasibility and urban planning studies for the Regional Plan Association, Photovoltaic production facilities for Chronar Corporation in New York and Alabama, among many others. Mr. Cathcart is an associate professor at Fordham University, where he has served on the executive committee of the Urban Studies program, as Associate Director of the Environmental Studies Program, and developed cross-disciplinary Pre-Architecture program.

kissGregory Kiss has designed and consulted on many ground-breaking high performance building projects in the Americas, Europe and Asia. His ongoing research into the functional and aesthetic improvement of photovoltaics for buildings has led to several new products and systems. He has authored numerous technical manuals for the Department of Energy, and lectures frequently on recent advances in solar technologies and their potential for integration into architectural design. Recent projects include Bushwick Inlet Park in Brooklyn, and the Bronx River Greenway River House, both for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Other projects include solar and sustainable housing in the Netherlands, the PV system at 4 Times Square, the Bocas del Toro Station for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, the photovoltaic glass train shed for New York City Transit’s Stillwell Avenue Terminal in Coney Island, and a photovoltaic manufacturing facility for Heliodomi in Greece. In addition to his work at Kiss + Cathcart, Greg Kiss is cofounder of Native American Photovoltaics (NAPV), a non-profit venture on the Navajo reservation in Arizona.

despommierDickson D. Despommier is an emeritus professor of microbiology and Public Health at Columbia University. In recent years, Despommier has received considerable media coverage for his ideas on vertical farming. He developed his concept of vertical farming over a 10 year period with graduate students beginning in 1999, with work continued by Ontarian eco-architects like Gordon Graff from the University of Waterloo's School of Architecture. Ultimately, Despommier is concerned about protecting food crops from severe weather events such as floods and droughts.

Jeff Miles is a registered architect and a graduate of Yale School of Architecture who has been researching, designing, writing on and lecturing about green design, particularly for urban areas, for more than 30 years. In the 2000 book Green Architecture, author James Wines described Jeff as “an ecological advocate and Leondardoesque green theoretician who has proposed using design and engineering to attack the problems of pollution”, as typified in his many ecologically-based design work. Some of these explorations include the Ozone Maker, Biotecture, Pumped Hydroelectric Architecture and even genetic engineering to create living, zero-footprint buildings and cities that contribute to sustainable feedback cycles in the biosphere. He has won several competitions and his work has been exhibited internationally.

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