Architecture Dept. hosting INFEWS: Innovations at the Nexus of Food + Energy + Water Symposium, Jan. 21-23

The Department of Architecture is hosting INFEWS, an event that will bring distinguished researchers and design professionals from across the U.S. together with faculty and students from many KU departments, starting Thurs. evening, Jan. 21, ending at 2:00 p.m. Sat., Jan. 23. The third annual Water Charrette for students is part of the Symposium, as is a three- workshop on green roofs sponsored by Tremco. It is the third year in a row the Department has put on an event related to these topics.

Innovation at the Nexus of Food + Energy + Water Symposium 
INFEWS, which has been underwritten by a grant from the National Science Foundation, will address issues related to the health of our interrelated food, energy and water systems, which have been subjected to increasing pressure from climate change, population growth, and resource depletion. The symposium will help galvanize research collaboration among faculty across multiple disciplines and facilitate applied research with design professionals. This interdisciplinary network of scholars and designers will interact in panel discussions and small group break-out sessions.

Associate Professor of Architecture Steve Padget, and INFEWS organizer, said the symposium will support integrated experimental research toward what he calls a "food-energy-water socio-technical systems model" that fosters safer and more efficient management of these resources. "Besides awareness, one outcome we hope for is that we can create an integrated approach to building up the next generation of professionals who can work with INFEWS-related issues."  

Third annual Water Charrette Student Design workshop
Students attending the event will also have an opportunity to participate in the Water Charette. This third annual 24-hour design exercise will give them the opportunity to seek solutions to an assigned design problem related to food, water, and energy. Students begin to design at 9:30 a.m. on Friday and will begin presentations of their final designs on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Tremco Green Roofing Seminar for Professionals
On Friday, Tremco, a roofing manufacturer, is offering a seminar for professionals that focuses on the importance of controlling storm water runoff, and proactively addressing water conservation. Green roofs will be reviewed in depth as a viable means to address these concerns. This seminar is eligible for AIA Continuing Education Credits.

To find out more about the INFEWS, the Water Charrette, and Tremco seminar, see a schedule and speaker bios, and to register please visit the INFEWS page


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