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Eric Corey Freed: Healthy Buildings for Everyone

January 30, 2018, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm | Free
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Healthy Buildings for Everyone: Tapping into Biology to Grow the next Generation of Buildings
Lecture by Eric Corey Freed

The way buildings are built today has remained relatively unchanged for nearly two hundred years. The $9 trillion a year global construction industry is responsible for nearly 60% of climate change emissions, a third of landfill waste and a shocking array of negative health effects.

Even the most advanced construction projects in the world continue to use ancient techniques of modular assembly, relying on painstaking human effort to construct dead & ancient materials of wood, steel and concrete. Construction is driven by standards and codes to ensure economy and safety, but in the process fail to protect people from larger risks.

In 2016, the XPRIZE Foundation set out to establish a “moonshot” for construction by creating the XPRIZE for Healthy Buildings. In this talk, you’ll learn how the team approached this unique opportunity to develop a way to (literally) grow buildings by fusing synthetic biology, genomics, parametric modeling and 3D printing to create a disruption and paradigm shift that could switch us from a PETRO-chemical world, to a BIO-chemical one.

Objective #1:
learn the value of exponential thinking in approaching your design problems

Objective #2:
discover the methodology to the XPRIZE for Healthy Buildings and how such innovations were formulated

Objective #3:
uncover new ways to approach healthy materials that avoids trying to be less bad, and into something regenerative

Objective #4:
develop a roadmap for your own projects and the future of Living Buildings


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About Eric Corey Freed
Eric Corey Freed is an award-winning architect, 11-time author, global speaker and notorious comedian. As Sustainability Disruptor for Morrison Hershfield, a North American Building Science firm that helps thousands of teams achieve high-performing buildings, he identifies solutions to problems most teams didn’t know were holding them back. Today, Eric continues the tradition of “Organic Architecture”, first developed by Frank Lloyd Wright.


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