School of Environmental and Forest Sciences  |   College of the Environment

2014 Sustaining Our World Lecture
Kane Hall, 210. Seattle Campus

The UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences invites you to the 2014 Sustaining Our World Lecture: "PLANT CUT BUILD REPEAT: Natural solutions to complex problems," featuring Michael Green of Michael Green Architecture

When:  Thursday, April 10, 2014, from 6 to 7 p.m. 

Where: Kane Hall, Room 210, UW Seattle

Cost:    The lecture is free and open to the public.

About the Lecture

In a world searching for technical solutions to the complex challenges of climate change, development, shelter shortage and social and environmental degradation, sometimes the answers are found in the gorgeous simplicity of the nature that surrounds us.

Michael Green will talk about a future of building with natural materials in ways that suit the places we increasingly choose to live. Innovative wood design is challenging the conservative building industry to move away from the traditions of the Industrial Revolution into a new era of buildings of the Climate Revolution.

About the Speaker

2014_03_Sustaining Our WorldGreen lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia, and founded Michael Green Architecture in 2012. He is a fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and has been recognized for his award-winning buildings, public art, interiors, landscapes and urban environments. He has developed a wide range of projects from international airports and skyscrapers to Vancouver’s Ronald McDonald House, North Vancouver City Hall and modest but unique retail spaces and homes. His work extends around the globe, including current projects for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture designing a sustainable community in the mountains of Central Asia.

Green is dedicated to bringing attention to several of the overwhelming challenges in architecture today. The first is climate change and how the built environment is an enormous contributor to the factors damaging the very environment designers and architects are seeking to improve. The second is the profound reality that during the next 20 years, 3 billion people, or 40 percent of the world, will need a new affordable home. Green believes in championing a shift to new ways of building that will complement the intersection of our greatest building challenges.

Parking is available in the Central Plaza Garage below Red Square. There will be a $10 fee per vehicle. Please request disability parking at the gatehouse if needed. A detailed campus map may be viewed at

Kane Hall is located above the northeast corner of the parking garage. Elevators are available from multiple levels and will take you directly into Kane Hall.

From I-5, take the NE 45th Street exit (#169). Turn east onto NE 45th Street. Continue east about one quarter mile to 15th Avenue NE and turn right. Head south on 15th Avenue three blocks to NE 41st Street. Turn left at Gate #1 into the Central Plaza Garage. Stop at the gatehouse inside the garage.

Transit Information:
The University of Washington encourages you to join our efforts to improve traffic conditions and to protect the environment. Please consider using an alternative to driving alone to get to events on campus. There are more than 60 bus routes from all over King and Snohomish counties serving the University District— 35 come right to campus. Getting here by bus is easy and inexpensive.

Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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