BOSNOMA’s Gerard Georges to Speak at MedEd

DSC03943_HeadshotGerard Georges will speak at the third annual MedEd Facilities Conference which will be held on April 26-27 at the Seaport Hotel in Boston, MA. Georges session, entitled “Designing for Rapid Response, Ebola and Future Infectious Diseases” will be on Tuesday, April 26 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

The recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa put in sharp focus the lack of a coherent strategy for addressing infectious disease outbreaks. Fear and confusion around the crisis resulted many potentially preventable deaths. It also highlighted the importance of a systematic approach for designing facilities that can quickly be constructed to support the rapid response necessary to address such outbreaks, specifically in resource-limited settings. Before contemplating possible solutions, it is critically important to assess existing clinical protocols, infrastructure and protective measures currently in place within a particular healthcare system. Likewise, it is important to understand local construction practices, available materials, regulatory requirements, procurement processes and security issues. Finally, a broad awareness of potential infectious diseases and general risk mitigation procedures should be determined.This session will discuss strategic responses to this crisis by healthcare providers, governments, and non-governmental agencies, detailing a prototype for a standardized Triage Unit that could be built with local labor and materials and implemented at multiple locations.

For more information about the conference, registration and events, click here.

Social Equity in the Built Environment

Social Equity has long been conceptualized as the third (and often last) leg of a triple bottom line sustainability stool.  While LEED has driven environmental concerns to have equal footing with economic ones, we are just at the beginning of developing tools that allow us to measure and examine social equity results in a similar way.

This special event will include presentations from Francis Janes – director of the JUST Organizations labeling program for ILFI, Shawn Hesse – co-author of the new LEED Social Equity Pilot Credits, and Tony Ransom – Past President of the Boston chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (BosNOMA) discussing the importance of a focus on social equity in design, construction, and operations of our buildings, communities, and our organizations.

When: April 4th, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:30

Where: Milk St, 15th Floor
                Conf Room “Aristotle”
                Boston, MA 02109
                United States

For more information and registration:

http://usgbcma.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=1028

Hack To Map The Gap

The Harvard GSD African American Student Union will be hosting the Hack To Map The Gap Hackathon on Saturday, April 2nd at Gund Hall from 1:30 to 6:30. Nancy Krieger, Professor of Social Epidemiology at Harvard University will be the keynote speaker. Registration is free and open to the public.

For more information and to register click here or see the flyer below.

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Social Injustice…Underrepresentation…Discovering Our Role

The Black in Design conference, organized by the African American Student Union (AASU) at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), seeks to simultaneously broaden the scope of what is included in the design discipline and to open a discussion about the historical, present and future contributions of African descendants to the field.

On October 9-10, 2015, the inaugural conference will align design students, architecture and urban planning faculty and an array of allied design practitioners with professional organizations from a broad range of discipline.  It is the pleasure of the Boston Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (BosNOMA) to assist in this effort, as the conference mission is congruent with NOMA’s strengths: promoting urban and other disenfranchised communities, highlighting excellence and achievements of Blacks and other minorities and wrestling with the dilemmas that face this nation.  Throughout the conference, thematic sessions regarding social, spatial and environmental justice highlight the imperatives placed on placemaking done responsibly.   

According to the conference organizers, the hope is that through an exploration of what it means to be Black and work in the field of Design in the past as well as today, to expand the definition of design beyond architecture, landscape architecture and planning. Among the numerous other industries that engage and make meaningful contributions to design we are most interested in exploring contributions from film, music, visual arts, publishing, fashion and technology, in addition to the disciplines already explored by the GSD.  

Please see more information about registration, sponsorship opportunities, and the conference schedule here: http://blackindesign.squarespace.com.
Vaughn Horn, member, co-author

Harvard GSD AASU Black in Design Conference

Join us for Harvard’s first

Black in Design Conference

October 9-10, 2015
Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), Gund Hall

Organized by the GSD – African American Student Union

Register before 9/15

Join us for a two day discussion of race, space and design in the Black community!

The Black in Design Conference, organized by the African American Student Union (AASU) at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) seeks to simultaneously recognize the contributions of African Descendants to the design field and to broaden our definition of what it means to be a designer. We believe that initial steps towards addressing social injustice within design are to include the histories of underrepresented groups in design pedagogy, and to implicate designers as having a role in our broken built environment.

Dedicated to the pursuit of just and equitable spaces across all scales, this conference has been organized to broach conversations in increasing orders of magnitude: the building, the neighborhood, the city, the region, and the globe. We hope that this conference will serve to more deeply ingrain compassion for human beings into the ethos of design more broadly, as well as to instill a sense of responsibility within those who pass through the doors of the GSD.

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