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ZOFNASS PROGRAM WORKSHOP: THE BUSINESS CASE FOR SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE
April 3rd & 4th, 2017
Harvard Graduate School of Design and Harvard Business School

This Zofnass Workshop is dedicated to the discussion of the Business Case for Sustainable Infrastructure. The Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure considers critical to focus on the economic benefits of sustainable infrastructure. This workshop is geared as a platform to discuss the perspective of all relevant stakeholders involved in infrastructure about the Business Case for Sustainability and better understand opportunities for collaborative action when developing and operating new projects.

Decision-makers need to identify and understand the economic benefits of sustainability. The returns on sustainable investments represent an opportunity to contribute with applied research to this knowledge area, which is currently vague to stakeholders. It is widely known that sustainable projects avoid impacts, risks, costs and negative externalities, but these are rarely measured and shared with public officials and taxpayers. Understanding the types of costs, risks, and probability of risks allows stakeholders to deliver informed project designs that anticipate and withstand or adapt to these risks, minimizing their overall vulnerability. Through the Business Case for Sustainable Infrastructure, the Zofnass Program intends to articulate, in terms of productivity gains, how sustainable infrastructure contributes to social, business, and safety resilience. Illustrating the costs and vulnerabilities to hazards avoided through sustainable projects is the necessary first step for decision-makers to identify and understand the economic benefits of sustainability.

The Zofnass Program considers crucial to follow a multidisciplinary approach that considers the perspective of all stakeholders involved in infrastructure projects on the economic benefits of sustainable infrastructure. More often than not infrastructure projects are implemented through a heavily siloed approach, wherein there is no communication among different sectors. In addition, engineering is divided from finance and investment. Disparate training and research programs exist for each sector, which do not communicate with each other. Uncoordinated efforts in turn hamper collaboration and the implementation of best practices.

The main goal of this workshop is to provide a forum for all stakeholders to give perspectives on what is the value of sustainable infrastructure for them, what are the critical changes needed, and what would be the role of academia in the development of the Business Case for Sustainable Infrastructure. Each stakeholder group brings a unique perspective on how sustainability adds financial value and facilitates competitive returns. By combining each group’s unique decision-making processes and understanding of sustainability challenges, the workshop will shed light on how sustainable projects enhance competitiveness, resilience, and facilitate long-term economic growth.

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Poster Zofnass Conference 2016

PLANNING SUSTAINABLE CITIES CONFERENCE
November 3rd & 4th, 2016
Harvard Graduate School of Design

The Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure is pleased to host the Planning Sustainable Cities Conference. The conference aims to present an infrastructure-based approach to city planning, an analytical framework for urban sustainability, focusing on the services and performance of infrastructure systems. This conference will serve as the launch of the latest Zofnass Program publication ‘Planning Sustainable Cities. An Infrastructure-based Approach,’ directed and edited by Prof. Spiro Pollalis.

Infrastructure is understood as a series of systems that function in synergy, directly linked to urban planning.  The conference aims to decode in different sessions the key infrastructure systems of Energy, Landscape, Transportation, Waste, Water, Information and Food, to explore their synergies through land use planning, engineering, economics and policy. The conference sessions are modeled according to the key infrastructure systems delineated in the Planning Sustainable Cities book.

This event will convene city planners, leaders in infrastructure development, designers, engineers, experts, academics, and public officials to share perspectives on sustainable city planning as well as to discuss the proposed infrastructure-based planning approach for sustainable cities.

More information on the Planning Sustainable Cities here

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SUSTAINABLE PLANNING: FOLLOWING DOXIADIS’S LEGACY
by Prof. Pollalis
November 1st, 2016, 6pm

The Harvard Mahindra Humanities Center and the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure would like to invite you to the following seminar:

Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University
Seminar on Modern Greek Literature and Culture

Sustainable Planning: Following Doxiadis’s Legacy
Prof. Spiros Pollalis, Harvard University GSD
Tue., Nov. 1, 2016, 6 p.m.

Room S020, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Abstract:

Constantinos Doxiadis’ Ekistics theory, the science dealing with human settlements and drawing on the research and experience of professionals in various fields, proposes an integrated approach, consistent with the contemporary notion of sustainability. Ekistics and its masterpiece application in planning Islamabad will be presented, leading to the most recent master planning of the Defense Housing Authority’s City Karachi, a city for 600,000 people under construction, and the master planning for the development of the former Athens airport.

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HARVARD CHINA FUND ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM
May 17th and 18th, 2016
Harvard Center Shanghai

Building Leadership for Healthy Urban Sustainability

led by
Prof. Jack Spengler
Center for Health and the Global Environment
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
and
Prof. Spiro Pollalis
Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure
Harvard Graduate School of Design

This symposium is jointly organized by the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard Graduate School of Design with generous sponsorship from the Harvard China Fund.

The goal of this symposium is to build capacity in healthy urban sustainability by framing urban expansion as the opportunity for well-designed, spatially integrated development with sustainable urban infrastructure at its core. Sessions will showcase premier research, methodologies, and implementation of sustainable design and planning projects for healthy future cities, drawing on expertise from Harvard University and from research in China, as well as global leaders in sustainable infrastructure development. Input from symposium-goers will further expand upon the scope and possibilities for designing urban environments in China and other rapidly expanding regions. Attendees will hail from professional and academic fields of urban planning, architectural design, infrastructure development, public health, and government not just from within China, but also from elsewhere in Asia.

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ZOFNASS LECTURE SERIES
May 11th, 2016 at 1pm
42 Kirkland st., Room 1A

Re-Learning Main Streets: Machine Learning Approach for Interpreting Urban Morphology
by Jie-Eun Hwang, Associate Professor at the University of Seoul, DDes 07′

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ZOFNASS PROGRAM WORKSHOP
April 4th and 5th, 2016
Harvard Graduate School of Design (Day 1) and Harvard Business School (Day 2)

Infrastructure Resilience II: Advancing Planning and Design Tools

This Zofnass Workshop continued our exploration of the intersection of Envision®, resilience, and infrastructure finance.

Day 1 at GSD (Gund Hall Room 112):

– Session 1: The Use of Envision® in Infrastructure Projects (Part I)
– Session 2: The Use of Envision® in Infrastructure Projects (Part II)

Day 2 at HBS (Cumnock Hall Room 102):

– Session 3: Application and Next Steps of the Zofnass Economic Process Tool
– HBS Case Study Session: Financing Resilience: Property & Casualty Insurance by J. Macomber
– Lunch Session: Tools Advancing Resilience
– Session 4: Climate Impact Adaptation Assessments and Planning

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ZOFNASS LECTURE SERIES
February 17th, 2016 at 1pm
Gund Hall 124

Improving Safety for Bicyclist and Pedestrians: Lessons from Boston and San Francisco
by Dahianna Lopez RN, MSN, MPH, PhD Candidate Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Learn about the strategy that the city of Boston is following for the prevention of injuries resulting from bicycle collisions, as well as the important role that urban design plays in creating a safer city.

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ZOFNASS PROGRAM SYMPOSIUM
November 2-3 , 2015

Infrastructure Resilience: Planning for Urban and Regional Resilience

This symposium focused on urban and regional resilience, as the next step of sustainable planning. It brought together public officials, infrastructure engineers, planners, design professionals and academics to share next generation perspectives on urban resilience, focusing on infrastructure planning at the urban and regional scales.

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ZOFNASS LECTURE SERIES
October 23, 2015 at 12pm
42 Kirkland Room 1G

Civic Technology + Urban Planning: The State of the Landscape
by Cristina Garmendia, HKS MPP ’12

Learn about the current state of the civic technology and its influence on urban planning, and future opportunities for open data and digital engagement to change the shape of our cities.dot-line

ZOFNASS PROGRAM SYMPOSIUM
February 26-27, 2015

Water Infrastructure: Next Generation Planning Perspectives on Urban Water Management

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ZOFNASS WORKSHOP ON COLLABORATIVE PLATFORMS FOR INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING
October 27-28, 2014

Energy Infrastructure: Next Generation Planning Perspectives

This symposium was a collaborative platform that brought forward thinking minds of public officials, infrastructure engineers, planners and design professionals and academia to share “next generation” perspectives on sustainable Energy Infrastructure. The Zofnass methodology and application examples on Energy Infrastructure Planning was also presented as a prospective framework for integrative planning and collaboration.

Please click here for more information on the topic and the agenda. Download the full program of the symposium in PDF format here.dot-line

ZOFNASS SIAB WORKSHOP
May 19-20, 2014

This workshop covered topics on Zofnass Economic Process Tool, IDB Infrastructure 360° Awards, Zofnass Planning Cities through an infrastructure based approach, and Introduction of Next Generation Infrastructure Research (Surdna Foundation Grant).dot-line

SIAB MEETING: REVIEW OF CURRENT RESEARCH
January 23-24, 2014

The meeting with SIAB members took place at Harvard Business School. The agenda concerned the detailed review of Zofnass Economic Process tool online version and the detail review of Zofnass Infrastructure Planning Guidelines & Publication.dot-line

ZOFNASS WORKSHOP
September 16-17, 2013

Zofnass Sustainable Planning Guidelines workshop & Envision metrics working group meeting.
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HOW FOOD SYSTEMS SAPE CITIES: ECOLOGICAL AND ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVES
May 2, 2012

This inaugural event took an in-depth look at the ecological and economic issues of food systems in the urban built environment, from the micro to the bioregional scale. Agriculture and food systems represent a potent force for shaping city infrastructure, improving public health, feeding growing populations, rebuilding communities, reconnecting people to nature, restoring degraded environments, and revitalizing economies.
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A ROAD MAP TO SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE & GREEN CITIES CONFERENCE
September 14 – 16, 2011

Measuring impacts on the environmental, social, and economic aspects of our cities and infrastructures is only a first, albeit essential, step towards a sustainable future. With limitless moving parts, and many stakeholders with varying degrees of interest, incentives, and motivation, making a compelling case for sustainable infrastructure projects requires a clear and well-structured road map.
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THE ZOFNASS PROGRAM FOR SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE ISI SIGN LETTER OF INTENT
June 22, 2011

Envision™ is the product of a strategic alliance and collaboration of several organizations including the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), a nonprofit organization co-founded by the American Public Works Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Council of Engineering Companies, and the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
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WORKSHOP: SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE: WHO PAYS & WHO BENEFITS?
April 21, 2011

This workshop took place at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Areas of discussion focused on the balance between socio-economic and environmental priorities in large scale infrastructure projects and how to evaluate and communicate the costs and benefits of sustainable infrastructure development.
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INFRASTRUCTURE SUSTAINABILITY AND DESIGN CONFERENCE
April 21 – 23, 2010

The conference will identify many challenges of sustainability, including the need for infrastructure rehabilitation in developed countries. Through the introduction of the Zofnass Rating System, sustainability metrics will be discussed as well as the branding of sustainability through the adoption of certification and rating systems. Industry experts will address the specific challenges of sustainability for infrastructure projects of varying types.

 

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