Showing Up: Climate Justice Solutions in Design/Build Practices

A talk by Ace McArleton and Jacob Racusin
New Frameworks and New Frameworks

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About this talk

Climate change and social justice are interconnected and as designers and builders, we need to use an integrated approach to our projects to successfully transform our world. In this session, we will use a visual pattern of the elements of climate justice, supported by detailed case studies, to unpack tangible solutions (and mistakes) we have made in our design/build practices towards climate regeneration and social justice. We will examine how we can address issues surrounding climate impact, human health, ecosystem toxicity, race, gender, material supply chain, and economic class in the design and build of a project. Participants will leave this session with clear actions they can take to progress this work forward in their design and construction project delivery and practice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the interrelated nature of social, technical, and ecological problems and their solutions within our design-build project deliveries.

  2. Learn holistic, integrated approaches which includes a palette of solutions and resources to these problems using case studies as examples.

  3. Identify growth areas and “low hanging fruit” in their own practices.

  4. Leave with tangible ideas to Implement solutions in their own practices.

1 GBCI CEU (self-reported) 1 LFA CEU (pending)