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01.30.18 – WATCH: Fadi Masoud discusses how new visualization tools can help cities better plan for climate change

Two lectures that Assistant Professor Fadi Masoud (MLA 2010) recently participated in are now available to view online.

The first, a panel discussion titled "Imaging the City," explored how new visualization technologies are helping shape our cities. Hosted on December 4 by the National Capital Commission's Urbanism Lab and Carleton University, the event brought together Masoud along with Emma Greer, Project Manager/Senior Architect at Carlo Ratti Associati; and Stephen Fair, Associate Professor and Director of the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University.

Masoud spoke about his work in collaboration with MIT's Urban Risk Lab to raise awareness about climate change in Broward County, Florida. By developing new imaging technologies — ones that take into account that cities are ever-changing and much more complex than traditional zoning maps depict — he and his collaborators are helping municipalities make better-informed planning decisions that engage the public.

Watch the video on YouTube here. (Masoud's presentation starts at 43:20.)  

The second recorded event was a panel discussion entitled "Resiliency Innovations: Science, Tools, and Projects" — part of the 9th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit that took place in Fort Lauderdale Florida December 14-15.

The summit focused on “The Business of Resilience” to engage the business community and beyond in critical discussions on adaptation, climate and energy solutions, and resilience. Business leaders; local, state, and federal government officials; and other experts discussed plans to ensure that the region not only survives, but thrives, in the face of sea level rise and other consequences of climate change.

The panel that Masoud participated in can be viewed here.

Masoud’s research and design work engages the landscape and its underlying environmental systems as operational forces in shaping urbanism. His current work focuses on establishing relationships between large-scale dynamic environmental systems, design, and the instrumentality of planning frameworks, policies, and codes.