BNIM at Greenbuild 2015: Blue is the New Green

Steve McDowell, Director of Design for BNIM, will speak about the growing complexity of water issues for architects, planners, and engineers. The panel of distinguished presenters will explore water infrastructue through case studies of current projects and policy. McDowell will use several BNIM projects to discuss the significance of water in reshaping how we think about design: the Omega Center for Sustainable Living in Rhinebeck, NY; Odum School of Ecology in Athens, GA; and BNIM's proposed headquarters in Kansas City, 1640 Baltimore. Water is the next currency and "blue" will replace "green" in our future discussions about sustainability.

Session A08 - Blue is the New Green: Designing Towards Net Zero Water
Wednesday, November 18 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM | 146B
2015 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, Washington DC

Water is the next currency.  Fresh water is necessary for life — and there’s not nearly enough of it for the world. As this resource becomes more and more scarce, it’s essential for leaders, urban planners, architects, and engineers to develop conservation strategies and techniques to get to net zero water across the city, campus, and building scale. The buildings industry has led the way in recent years in the green building movement, however these changes are not coming fast enough to address the challenges that face our cities’ water infrastructure.

The diverse speakers—an architect, a landscape architect, an engineer and an owner will—bring their backgrounds together to share with the audience new innovative water conservation strategies across all different project scales, as well as the challenges and opportunities associated. The hope is that as we share more about the world’s water problem, this too will catch on and become a major driver in projects both by the designers and the owners.

Steve McDowell 
Director of Design at BNIM
Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Skip Graffam 
Partner, Director of Research at OLIN
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Julian Parsley 
Associate Principal at BuroHappold Engineering
Los Angeles, California, United States

Susan Cline 
Interim Director of Public Works at Santa Monica
Santa Monica, California, United States