Practice + Design Conference 2020: Day 2


Just Architecture 2020 Practice + Design Conference Day 2 Recap: “Just Sustainability”

By Victor Gonzalez

Architects have great power, and with great power comes the great responsibility of preserving our environment. The greatest challenges not only face our current profession, but also the design field as a whole. These were just a few of the takeaways from day two of the 2020 Practice + Design Conference focusing on environmental stewardship.

As architects, we are clear leaders in climate action and must direct our focus on sustainability. Staying resilient is what creates environmental stewardship, and with more focus on education and outreach in supporting our communities, we can achieve a more sustainable future. The conference today showcased innovative and vibrant designs that highlighted today’s theme, “Just Sustainability.” From the benchmarking requirements for museums by Joyce Lee to understanding the sustainable features of timber by Thomas Knittel and the maximized use of sunlight by Lake|Flato Architects, all entailed the influential factors of maintaining, “Just Sustainability.”

Afternoons were filled with member networking—of the digital variety. Each speaker held intimate breakout discussions and all reconvened for a thoughtful panel discussion. And from Denver to Durango, connections were made over happy hours with each of the sections with playful activities and reunions with old friends.

Below are key takeaways and along with a special illustration documented by a live illustrator Ellen O’Neill.

PANEL DISCUSSION CAPTURE

SESSION NOTES

Joyce Lee | Just Culture

Thomas Knittel | A Just Future Through Carbon-Balanced Buildings

David Lake and Heather Holdridge | Vitality and Livability of Communities

HAPPY HOUR NETWORKING

NEGRONI WORKSHOP WITH THE DENVER SECTION

SKETCH COMPETITION WITH THE SOUTH SECTION

NOTECARD DESIGN COMPETITION WITH THE NORTH SECTION

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