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The World’s Most Resilient City: Rome as a Laboratory for Sustainable Urban Design

September 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Tom Rankin, a practicing architect in Italy and an instructor for the ISU College of Design Rome Program, will discuss ways in which Rome has, over two millennia, provided examples of sustainable urban design practices, from passive solar buildings to sustainable agriculture, water management and material upcycling. Highlighting innovative public space projects, experiments in urban agriculture, car-free neighborhoods and extreme water conditions, he aims to make Rome’s history relevant to designers today.

“As the ‘eternal city’ faces the challenges of changing demographics and a changing climate, will its celebrated resilience help it transition to a new kind of urbanism which¬† might once again inspire global cities?” he asks.

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September 7, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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715 Bissell Road
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