Sustainable Urbanism, a talk by Professor Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez, architect and urban planner.
Sustainability encompasses the whole human activity so when it comes to place making a holistic approach must guide the analysis and provide the necessary frame that takes into account both tradition and innovation to create healthy places with economic balance and social integration. It must reconcile human needs with ecological imperatives. Three projects by the author –one in Spain and the rest in Cuba- are displayed as case studies to show some urban planning and urban design tools and strategies. A Master Plan for 21st Century Havana aimed at preserving the city’s historic, urban and architectural legacy and also at encouraging its future urban and economic development expresses the author’s vision for the future of the only Caribbean Metropolis with a European influence.
Professor Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez became the one and only Cuban Loeb Fellow at Harvard University Graduate School of Design during 2001-2002 in Advanced Urban and Environmental Studies and he received his degree from the School of Architecture of Havana, Cuba in 1982, where he was an Adjunct Professor from 1998 to 2006. He has lectured widely in the US, Canada and Europe about Cuban architecture and he’s also taught courses in the US and in Europe. He’s the author of a major book about Cuban architecture ‘Inside Cuba’ published by Taschen Editions, 2006, and also of ‘A Master Plan for 21st Century Havana’, a comprehensive urban plan registered at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. He is the founding Chairman of the Cuban chapters of C.E.U and INTBAU and a member of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba and the recipient of several international and national awards. His writings have been published in Progressive Planning, the New York Times, Alinea Editrice, Caleidoscopio Ediçao The Journal of the Royal Institute of the Architects in Ireland, Arquitectura Cuba and Arquitectura y Urbanismo. He is currently writing the book ´The Magic Landscapes and Urban Design of Havana´, a comprehensive essay about the history and evolution of the capital city of Cuba to be published in 2011.
He organizes and leads the Havana International Charrette every Spring, an urban planning and design workshop aimed at the regeneration of the city of Havana, its harbor and its waterfront.
6:30pm in Porter Hall 100 (Gregg Hall) at CMU. Co-sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture and the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education & Research (SEER).
For more information on the project, please take a look at our film’s fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.com: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1686680197/sust-enable-the-metamentary
PIIN Public Action Meeting will seek action on transit funding and other regional problems
The Port Authority’s current funding crisis (with a 35% service cutback planned for next March) will be among issues addressed at a Public Action Meeting of the Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN). The public is urged to attend—no admission charge.
1000 PIIN members and supporters—committed to working together for greater justice and equity in this region, state, and nation—are expected to attend. They will challenge local, state, and national public officials, as well as candidates for public office, to agree to specific remedies to the transit funding shortage; poor school performance; racial profiling; need for immigration law reform; and gun violence.
PIIN is an interracial alliance of more than 40 congregations representing many faiths working to realize their shared values through civic engagement on issues identified by their members.
7 - 8:30 pm, at Rodef Shalom, 4905 Fifth Avenue, (Oakland). Doors will open at 6:15. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact: PIIN at (412) 621-9230 or firstname.lastname@example.org; www.piin.org
REACH stands for REaching A Clean & Healthy Mon Valley, a.k.a. the Mon Valley Bucket Brigade; it formed around bucket sampling for air toxics a few years ago.
Author Jane Kirkland will speak at The Environmental Charter School at Frick Park. 829 Milton Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15218 about the importance of getting children outside and ideas to make it happen. This free event sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators (PAEE) is open to the public, everyone interested in children and the environment. Join us for this important opportunity! Jane will have books for sale and an opportunity to have them autographed. Visit www.paee.net for further information.
Jane Kirkland is a bestselling author, the recipient of the National Arbor Day Foundation’s Education Award, two Teacher’s Choice Awards, a Writer’s Magazine Book Award, and her books have been finalists in Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year, and USA BookNews Best Books. Jane has been featured on Animal Planet, PBS, and Comcast’s CN8 TV and is a regular guest on WXPN’s Kids Corner radio program in Philadelphia. She is a popular keynote speaker at national conferences on children and nature and visits schools, colleges and universities throughout North America.
7 p.m. at the Environmental Charter School at Frick Park, 829 Milton Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15218. Books will be for sale and there will be time for autographs. Free and open to the public; please come early to make sure you have a seat.
The program will start with a 15-minute overview of two current agriculture-related AID projects in India: Kisan Swaraj Yatra, co-organized by AID, in which activists are traveling all over India and spreading awareness about sustainable practices in agriculture; and Low External Input Sustainable Agriculture, a project on sustainable non-chemical farming, supported by AID Pittsburgh. The 1-hour documentary will be screened following these presentations.
Nearly 200,000 farmers have committed suicide in India over the last 10 years, but the mainstream media hardly reflects this. Nero´s Guests (www.nerosguests.com) is a story about India’s agrarian crisis and the growing inequality seen through the work of a renowned journalist P. Sainath. Through his writings and lectures, Sainath makes us confront the India we don’t want to see, and provokes us to think about who the ‘Nero’s Guests’ are in today’s world.
About P. Sainath
P. Sainath, Rural Affairs Editor of The Hindu, is the 2007 winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award, Asia’s most prestigious prize (and often referred to as the ‘Asian Nobel’), for Journalism Literature and Creative Communications Arts. Winner of over 35 global and national awards, his work on the problems faced by the rural farming communities is the largest
work on the current agrarian crisis in India. His writings go far beyond the realm of journalism and reports, capturing the complex and fundamental issues of the Indian agriculture system and society which have been overlooked by the academicians and policy makers. Through sustained level coverage, Sainath and his colleagues have created a national agenda through this film, compelling the government to take notice and act.
About Deepa Bhatia
Deepa Bhatia is a filmmaker based in Mumbai. She has worked with acclaimed directors like Govind Nihalani & Jahnu Barua. She has been the editor of many popular works like 'My name is Khan', 'Rock On' and 'Taare Zameen Par'. Deepa has also been involved in research on several documentaries & films. Nero's guests is her first independent documentary.
The Association for India's Development is dedicated to promoting grass roots development efforts in India that organize communities for health care, education, small enterprise, alternate energy, environmental action and people's rights. AID is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Visit http://pittsburgh.aidindia.org for details on the activities of the Pittsburgh chapter.
The day will culminate with keynote speaker, Jane Kirkland. Jane is a dynamic and knowledgeable author whose books are directed at taking students outdoors. Her website is www.takeawalk.com .
Building a Stronger Movement: Statewide Conference on Natural Gas Drilling for community groups, activists, and residents concerned about the effects of drilling in the Marcellus Shale.
Participating organizations: ACLU, Campaign for Clean Water, Common Cause, Clean Water Action, Protecting our Waters, Democracy for America, Responsible Drilling Alliance, Sierra Club, Trout Unlimited, Delaware Riverkeepers Network, Penn Future, Penn Environment, and many more.
The extraction of natural gas in Pennsylvania has been going on largely with minimal state and federal oversight. This conference is an opportunity to exchange information about natural gas drilling or "fracking" and learn how to make our voices heard in the Marcellus Shale debate.Conference topics include:
* Best practices of how to wage a winning campaign
* Training on organizing and getting your message out
* How to build an organization, fundraise, and do outreach
* Success stories from different regions of the state
* And lots more.
Who Should Come? Community and organizational leaders, activists, concerned individuals and individuals who have leased their land or have been approached about a lease. Republicans, Democrats, Independents, home and business owners, farmers, hunters and fishermen - anyone who cares about protecting our property rights, air quality, drinking water, farmland and Pennsylvania's natural beauty.
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg: 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA 17011
Continuing the regional dialogue, immediately following conclusion of the October 15 Smart Growth Conference, a Power of 32 Community Conversation will be held from 4:30 - 6:00 pm in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center Ballroom. This regional visioning session is open and free to residents of the 32 county region. Pre-register by calling 866-431-3622 and refer to the post Oct. 15 Smart Growth Conference Community Conversation. Attendees of the Smart Growth Conference are encouraged to stay and apply insights from the day. The public at large is welcomed too. Power of 32 is a regional visioning initiative engaging residents across 32 counties in