Our planet is being polluted at an alarming rate and most would argue that the damaging effects of carbon emissions on the environment are irreparable. Global warming has already started to have a significant impact on weather patterns and sea level rise. Extreme storms including the recent Hurricane Sandy and flooding of cities like Venice, Italy, are occurring with more frequency. The engineering and architectural community has begun to develop new ideas that will help to mitigate the negative impacts on the environment through increased urban density, creative approaches to design, and sustainable district and city-wide developments.
Mark Sarkisian / SOM will contemplate the collaborative relationship between the science of the building and the city. Structure will be evaluated as a contributor to art, architecture, and the environment.