What is the Energy Revolution? A Conversation with Doug Farr
Join us for a special introduction to CAC’s Energy Revolution exhibition with architect and co‐curator Doug Farr. Learn how each of us can combat the climate crisis by dramatically transforming how we use energy in the built environment.
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NOTE: This is a hybrid program with simultaneous virtual and in-person viewing options. Please make sure to double check that you are choosing your preferred viewing method from the ticketing drop-down menu. The in-person offering will be held in the CAC Lecture Hall (111 E. Wacker Dr.) and the virtual offering will be livestreamed via Zoom.
Explore the core tenets of the coming energy revolution—CONSERVE, ELECTRIFY, DECARBONIZE and OPTIMIZE—which together offer a blueprint for a carbon‐free future. Doug will call on his national expertise in sustainable design and his campaign for carbon‐free cities to highlight key areas of the exhibition and describe the meaningful changes that architects, urban planners, policy makers and everyday citizens can enact starting today. He will also share his own research looking at Chicago’s architectural legacy through a climate lens that compares energy use building to building across different architectural eras.
Historically architects have innovated to meet societal needs and must do so again during this climate crisis. The good news is that the tools already exist to effect dramatic change, and our personal actions are the building blocks of this bottom‐up energy revolution. Join this provocative and inspiring call to action.
CAC Director of Exhibitions Eve Fineman joins Doug in conversation.
One AIA/CES Credit
Presenter: Doug Farr, FAIA, LEED AP, CNU-A
Doug Farr is the founding principal and president of Farr Associates Architecture and Urban Design, a Chicago-based firm of optimistic architects and urban designers who plan and design lovable, aspirational buildings and places. He is a published author who lectures widely on the topics of urbanism and sustainability.
A native Detroiter, Doug was the founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED-ND Core Committee and has served on the boards of urban sustainability organizations including the Congress for New Urbanism, Bioregional EcoDistricts, and Elevate Energy. Doug is the author of Sustainable Urbanism, an urban planning best-seller, with a new follow-up, Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future. To implement the ideas found in Sustainable Nation, he launched The Pattern Project in 2018, a Farr Associates initiative to accelerate change and promote decarbonization strategies. In 2017, Planetizen readers named him one of “the 100 most influential urbanists of all time.”
Presenter: Eve Fineman
Eve Fineman is a curator, designer, educator and scholar. As Director of Exhibitions at the CAC, Eve oversees the planning and design of public exhibitions. Eve was formerly an Adjunct Professor at Columbia College Chicago and SAIC, and was an Associate Professor of Interior Architecture at The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago for over a decade. She has an undergraduate degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and was a full merit scholarship recipient at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received an MFA in Interior Architecture. Eve has won numerous awards and has exhibited and been published widely, through her own collaborative, multi-disciplinary design practice.