The session entitled, Urban vs. Suburban: What's Truly Sustainable?, will take place on Day Two of the three-day AIA 2017 Convention. The program code for this session is FR405.
Panelists of this session include CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood, Studio Associate Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT); CTBUH Expert Peer Review Committee Member Luke Leung, Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Natalia Quintanilla, Sustainability Specialist and Architect, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; and CTBUH China Office Director & Academic Coordinator Peng Du, Visiting Assistant Professor, College of Architecture, IIT.
Using the findings of the CTBUH research report "A Study of the Sustainability Implications of Differing Urban + Suburban Locations in Chicago" as its basis, this panel will challenge preconceived notions about what is considered "the most sustainable" urban form and the benefits of density. Attendees will subject their perceptions, knowledge, and assumptions to a thorough re-examination, and learn about new methodologies for evaluating density in the cities where they live and work.
This session will engage the audience in investigating and comparing the environmental and social sustainability of people’s lifestyles – both in downtown high-rise and suburban low-rise living conditions – in terms of embodied and operational energy use and overall satisfaction with their quality of life.
The session will then move from a brief presentation of the objectives and methodology of the study to an interactive survey in which the audience and panelists will answer some of the questions used in the study. This will then provide the framework for a panel discussion followed by a Q&A with the audience, covering the results of the study and comparing these with the audience survey.
Participants will also learn how to evaluate factors contributing to energy consumption, as well as the survey techniques used to directly assess perceptions of life quality, thus giving them tools to conduct such research in their own communities.