Topics: College of Architecture and Planning, Indianapolis Center, Speakers

February 9, 2007

The Ball State Indianapolis Center will host the broadcast of the 2010 Imperative Global Emergency Teach-In Feb. 20 addressing global warming and climate change.

A live webcast from New York will bring thousands of students, faculty, deans and practicing professionals in the architecture, planning and design communities in North and South America together to discover how they inadvertently fuel global warming through design, and what they can do to change this.

In addition to addressing climate change, participants will also learn about "The 2030 Challenge," which calls for all new buildings and major renovations to immediately reduce their energy consumption by 50 percent and all new buildings to be "carbon neutral" by 2030, "The 2010 Imperative," a challenge and strategy for transforming design education.

"Since we are located in the heart of Indianapolis, the center is an excellent location for this event," said Kelly Favory, center director. "This is one of the first opportunities for Ball State to showcase the center. We will be able to allow visitors to use our conference and meeting rooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology and wireless Internet access."

During the event, participants also will be able to interact with leaders at the forefront of design and climate change. Panelists include Susan Szenasy, editor in chief of Metropolis Magazine; James Hansen, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies; Edward Mazria, AIA, Founder of Architecture 2030; and Chris Luebkeman, director of Arup's Global Foresight and Innovation Initiative.

The event will feature presentations by the panelists and an extensive question and answer session, where participants around the world can query the expert panelists in real time. There will also be a discussion on implementing The 2030 Challenge and The 2010 Imperative.

The Global Emergency Teach-in, which is free, is sponsored by The American Institute of Architects (AIA), U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), New York Academy of Sciences, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, AIA Large Firm Roundtable and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Supporters include Metropolis magazine, AIA Committee on the Environment, Campus Climate Challenge, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, American Institute of Architecture Students, the Jonathan Rose Companies and the Society of Building Science Educators.

About 50 people have already registered, which is close to capacity. The Ball State Indianapolis Center is located at 50. S. Meridian St.

Ball State's College of Architecture: Indianapolis Center is hosting the event. More information may be found at