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The United Nations Addresses Resilient Design

first_imgThe conference last week was one of a number of events leading up to Habitat 3, and it reflected a growing interest by the UN in climate change, rising sea levels, and the impact these changes will have on urbanization. Sea level is rising and storms are becoming more intenseThere is much to do in addressing the multiple challenges of rising seas, more intense storms, and other impacts of climate change. But the UN’s leadership with climate change, not only with science (see the just released 5th Assessment Report from the International Panel on Climate Change) but also initiatives to do something about these challenges, gives me hope that progress can be made.Sequestered in the U.S., where Fox News does a highly successful job at foisting its fringe perspectives on politicians and a significant portion of the public, one can lose sight of just how seriously most of the rest of the world is taking climate change. UN-Habitat addresses resilienceThe United Nations Human Settlements Programme, or UN-Habitat, is a UN agency focused on human settlements. It was launched in 1978 following a meeting in Vancouver known as Habitat I, and it is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. A follow-up conference, Habitat II, was held in Istanbul, Turkey in 1996, and Habitat III is planned for 2016. Wrapping up an intense month of travel, I’m just back from New York City, where I spoke last Friday at the UN World Habitat Day conference, “Resilient Design for Sustainable Urbanism.” The event was cosponsored by the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanism, AIA New York, and the NJIT Center for Resilient Design.It was an amazing opportunity to see the United Nations; I think I was last there over 40 years ago. The UN Headquarters Complex is going through a major $2 billion facelift that includes many exciting green features that are supposed to achieve 50% energy savings, 40% water savings, and a 45% reduction in the carbon footprint… But that’s not the focus of this column. Ban Ki Moon opens the eventThe day started off with an all-star cast. UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon from South Korea opened up the program and described the UN’s deeply held concerns about climate change and commitment to both sustainability and resilience. Ban Ki Moon was followed by John Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda, president of the UN General Assembly; Néstor Osorio, the Colombian Representative to the UN and president of the UN Economic and Social Council; and Dr. Joan Clos of Spain, the Executive Director of UN-Habitat.Shaun Donovan, the Secretary of HUD in the U.S. and chair of the federal Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, was supposed to deliver the keynote address, but could not due to the federal government shutdown. (How embarrassing to see such a poignant display of American dysfunction on the international stage!) In his place was Henk Ovink, the former director general for Spatial Planning and Water Affairs for the Netherlands — and currently on loan to the U.S. for the above-mentioned task force.Morning and afternoon panels dug more deeply into various aspects of resilient design. In the morning panel I described how our vulnerabilities extend well beyond sea level rise and coastal flooding to such issues as more intense storms, inland flooding of valleys (as we saw with tropical storm Irene here in Vermont), tornadoes, ice and snow storms, drought, wildfire, solar flares, and such anthropogenic issues as terrorism and political upheaval. I described a number of secondary impacts of these events, including prolonged power outages, interruptions in gasoline supply, or an inability to pump gasoline. Finally, I presented the Resilient Design Principles that have recently been published by the Resilient Design Institute. Solutions are elusiveWhile all of us on the podium did a reasonable job articulating the challenges we face from sea level rise and climate change, effective solutions remain elusive.Some solutions were offered, surprisingly, by Dawn Zimmer, the mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, just across the Hudson River from Manhattan. I say “surprisingly,” because I remember the photo of perhaps 100 taxis submerged by Sandy’s storm surge. I had been under the impression that Hoboken was far less prepared for flooding than New York, where Mayor Bloomberg has been at the forefront of disaster preparedness. But she told us of some amazing planning underway in the city, such as efforts to provide for safe bicycle commuting through the Lincoln Tunnel and other strategies to get cars off the streets.Henk Ovink noted that simply building things back to what they had been in the aftermath of storms like Sandy or Katrina is a lost opportunity. We need to learn from these disasters and respond appropriately. “Let the past be an inspiration for the future,” he told us in the afternoon.One of the most inspiring presentations was by Nancy Kete, the managing director of the Rockefeller Foundation, which just announced a $100 million program to support 100 cities around the world in developing and implementing plans for urban resilience over the next three years. The foundation will provide technical support and financial resources in this remarkable program.The full presentations from the conference are available online on the NJIT Center for Resilient Design website in three video segments. Resilient Communities Designing Homes and Communities That Can Survive a DisasterResilient Design: Passive Solar HeatResilient Design: Dramatically Better Building Envelopes Designing Houses and Communities To Be Smarter and More ResilientResilience: Designing Homes for More Intense StormsMaking the Case for Resilient DesignBuilding Resilience for a ‘Close Encounter’ with DisasterGreen Building Priority #9 – Create Resilient HousesMaking Houses Resilient to Power Outages RELATED ARTICLES Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.last_img read more

PBA: San Miguel ends slide, clobbers Blackwater

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Things were still neck-and-neck in the early parts of the third quarter with both teams trying to wrestle control from a 50-50 tie.That was when the defending champions kicked it to high gear with quick 8-0 run that Terrence Romeo capped off with a three-point play to give the Beermen a 58-50 lead halfway through the third period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Beermen then took a 21-point lead, 87-66, after a 13-2 run ending on Alex Cabagnot’s layup with 5:51 left in the game.“It was a good win for us and this will serve as a morale-booster for us,” said San Miguel head coach Leo Austria. “Every game for us is important and we all know that there are only two teams who’ll get a twice-to-beat advantage and right now, mathematically, we still have a chance.” Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIEScenter_img June Mar Fajardo was flat out dominant for the Beermen with 20 points, 21 rebounds, five assists, and four blocks.Alex Cabagnot, who’s still not at peak condition after having nasal surgery, had 19 points and five assists while Terrence Romeo added 17 points, five boards, and four dimes.Chris Ross also filled up the stat sheets for the Beermen with 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals.“I’m happy to see the players prevail, well their pride was the one that prevailed here,” said Austria. “Even though the game was already decided the effort was still there.”Roi Sumang led the Elite, who dropped to 1-4 record, with 17 points, five rebounds, and six assists.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Frustrations mount for CJ Perez, Columbian as losses start to pile up Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting San Miguel’s Terrence Romeo vs Blackwater defenders. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—San Miguel got out of its slump and flexed its championship muscle on Blackwater, 93-79, in the PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Beermen, who are gunning for a fifth straight Philippine Cup, snapped their two-game skid to get to a 3-3 record and jump from eighth all the way to a share of the fourth spot with TNT.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Love going on long bike rides: Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli, it seems, is making the most of his time away from the cricket field. The India captain was rested for the recently-concluded T20I series and the last two matches in a five-match ODI series between India and New Zealand.Virat Kohli’s love for cars, especially the ones from German luxury brand Audi, is a well established. Kohli’s car collection is quite enviable as he owns quite a few powerful limited edition machines from Audi.As it turns out, Kohli has revealed he is interested in riding and loves going on longish bike rides.”Feels great. It’s been a few months since the last time I was on a bike. It’s good fun to ride. I quite like going for longish ride on a bike. I am quite keen on trying out this one,” Kohli said in a video on his official mobile application during what appears to be an advertisement shoot for a popular Indian motorcycle brand.Kohli, much like his predecessor MS Dhoni, is a motoring enthusiast. While Dhoni’s garage has some of the best superbikes going around, Kohli has a prized collection of cars. Notably, Kohli had told a news daily last year that he would want to ride pillion with Dhoni.Kohli, who has time and again stressed on road safety, was accused of promoting reckless driving after a television commercial of the leading Indian manufacturer released last year.In the commercial, Kohli can be seen riding the brand’s flagship bike and overtaking an SUV in a multi-storey car park. Kohli can also be seen attracting the attention of a woman by doing a wheelie after which he races out of a tight gap between two trucks.advertisementMeanwhile, Kohli is expected to be back from the break and lead Team India in the upcoming limited-over series against Australia. India will play two T20Is and five ODIs at home from February 24.Also Read | Why India need MS Dhoni’s experience at 2019 World Cup: Former CSK teammate explainsAlso Read | Virat Kohli head and shoulders above the rest in world cricket today: Kumar SangakkaraAlso See:last_img read more

Petit criticizes PSG for their treatment of Emery

first_imgAccording to the former Arsenal star Emmanuel Petit, Paris Saint-Germain did not show respect for their ex-boss Unai EmeryFormer Arsenal superstar Emmanuel Petit has criticized French Ligue 1 club Paris Saint Germain.For him, PSG did not show any respect to former Gunners boss Unai Emery.“I’m happy for Unai Emery that he has been given this chance with Arsenal after what was two very frustrating years with Paris Saint-Germain,” Petit told Goal.“He won the French title at PSG, but they didn’t succeed in the Champions League and some players didn’t show respect to him.”Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…“Also, the president of Paris Saint-Germain [Nasser Al-Khelaifi] didn’t show him respect either,” he said.“Too many people are trying to be in charge at PSG and Emery was left alone. I think he was very sensitive about this.”“In his final weeks at PSG, you could see a change in his personality and a change in the way he was doing things. He knew he could not win the battles at this club,” he explained.“It was not just Neymar. It was other players who would try to influence things and if they didn’t like how something was being done, they didn’t go to the manager, they went to the president.”last_img read more