Public Lecture: Andy van den Dobbelsteen, 'Fossil-free Cities: Towards intelligent cities ready for the energy crisis'
Speaker: Prof Andy van den Dobbelsteen
Professor of Climate Design & Sustainability
Summary: Due to various reasons a global energy crisis is imminent within the coming 15 years. Western society has become so dependent on non-sustainable, mostly fossil energy resources, that hampering provision of these will have a devastating effect on society, best notable in cities. From merely being a collection of individual buildings all hooked on centralised provision from outside, cities need to become much more intelligent interactive systems. Andy van den Dobbelsteen presented ways to approach sustainable cities that are independent from fossil fuels, thereby ready for the expected energy crisis, based on studies he conducted in the Netherlands.
Our speaker: Andy van den Dobbelsteen is a full professor of Climate Design & Sustainability, at the Faculty of Architecture of the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. At TU Delft he is the coordinator of the Green Building Innovation research programme and Delft Energy Initiative theme leader for the built environment.
Andy lectures and leads research projects in various areas of sustainability in the built environment, most notably on sustainable energy systems for neighbourhoods, cities and regions. He is also an expert author to the national website on sustainable building (www.duurzaamgebouwd.nl) and chaired various national and international conferences, among which the award-winning SASBE2009 (www.sasbe2009.com).
From 26 February to 31 March Andy will be a visiting fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI), building connections between his university and Melbourne.
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