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DesignDC 2019
September 17th, 2019

LAB principal Joseph Chambers, ASLA presented alongside designers and scientists from Hickok Cole Architects, The Nature Conservancy, and the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) at this year’s DesignDC conference. DesignDC, sponsored and hosted by the District’s chapter of the American Institute of Architects, is a 3-day conference that invites architects, landscape architects, contractors, and engineers to lead discussion panels and exhibitions relating to urban design in Washington, D.C.

Their talk “Counting Up: Another Way of Getting to Net Zero” covered topics relating to the conservation of DC’s urban ecology, using a productive process of “counting up” the ways in which new and restored urban habitat can positively contribute to the health and vitality of cities.

The discussion began with an introduction to the implications of widespread urban population growth on D.C.’s urban life and ecology. The panel then discussed examples of best practices and precedents that aim to improve the relationships between urban infrastructure and ecological corridors. These case studies highlight sites that utilize various forms of green infrastructure, including green roofs and bio-retention facilities. 

Each panelist’s unique and diverse perspective contributes to a more comprehensive dissection of D.C.’s urban expansion and it’s consequences on ecology. The result is an interdisciplinary examination of new design practices that have the potential to contribute to the health and well-being of all the District’s human and non-human inhabitants.

Listen to an audio recording of “Counting Up: Another Way of Getting to Net Zero” here.