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Trottier Symposium: Planning for Resiliency in the Face of Climate Change

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The 5th annual Trottier Symposium on Sustainable Engineering, Energy and Design

PLANNING FOR RESILIENCY IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Engineering and design for sustainability are an essential part of a multi-faceted response to climate change particularly in urban centres, which may include increasing our resiliency in the face of extreme weather events, changing our water management practices, or adapting our cities and infrastructure to an unpredictable future. There is a need to identify robust strategies for responding to the challenges brought by climate change through adaptation, reorganization, and evolution. Our response to climate change must include solutions that allow our socio-ecological systems to not only survive, but thrive.

The 2018 5th Annual Trottier Symposium on Sustainable Engineering, Energy, and Design will focus on resilience and human responses to the threats brought on by climate change, while considering the following questions:

  • What is resilience and why is it so important to ensure sustainability in the context of urbanization and climate change?
  • How can we be more resilient to disruptions such as extreme weather events, floods, drought, sea level rise, and heat waves? What solutions are being imagined, developed, and implemented?
  • How can infrastructure be protected and self-renewed following extreme weather events or other stresses exacerbated by climate change?


Speakers

The symposium is a free, public event, featuring prominent speakers on each day of the 2 day event.

April 4th - Day 1 - 6pm to 8pm

Guy Nordenson, Professor of Structural Engineering and Architecture, Princeton University School of Architecture

TITLE OF PRESENTATION TO BE ANNOUNCED


Pippa Brashear, Director of Planning and Resilience, SCAPE

DESIGNING FOR RESILIENCE: ECOLOGY + ENGINEERING + ENGAGEMENT

Translating the ideas of resilience into realizable actions and implementable designs can be challenging. We are forced to design with uncertain and incomplete information for an environment that is changing around us. However, the need for action and innovation is urgent, and success requires collaborative and interdisciplinary action. This presentation explores the process that has taken one innovative coastal resilience project from conceptual idea to the later stages of design and the lessons learned about integrating and implementing physical, ecological, and social resilience on the way.


Alan De Sousa, Borough Mayor of Saint-Laurent and City of Montreal Councillor

TITLE OF PRESENTATION TO BE ANNOUNCED


April 5th - Day 2 - 6pm to 8pm

Karen Seto, Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

HOTTER, WETTER, DRIER: GLOBAL TRENDS IN URBANIZATION AND CHALLENGES FOR RESILIENCE

This talk will focus on global trends in urbanization and exposure to climate change impacts. It will highlight extreme climate events around the world - bomb cyclones, wildfires, floods, droughts - and how future urbanization may increase risk and vulnerability to these hazards.


Philippe Gourbesville, Professor Hydroinformatics and Water Engineering, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis

RESILIENCE: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR CITIES

During the last decade, urban development has reached new submits with generation of mega cities that concentrates several millions of inhabitants. Those new urban environments represent unknown challenges for modern societies that are still using – implicitly or explicitly – the same concepts for urban development since millennia. Sustainability of urban centres is today a major priority that has to be approached in a holistic way. The size of cities requests to rethink and review some of the engineering concepts that are currently used and to shift from the centralized approach to the distributed and connected paradigm. At the same time, gradual sophistication of urban environment has generated a significant increase of global vulnerability regarding extreme weather events that are frequently affecting urban communities.


More Information: http://www.trottiersymposium.org/





5e Symposium Trottier annuel sur l’ingénierie, l’énergie et la conception durables

Vers une Stratégie de Résilience Face aux Changements Climatiques

En matière de développement durable, l’ingénierie et la conception sont des éléments essentiels à une réponse multidimensionnelle au changement climatique, particulièrement dans les centres urbains. Il pourrait s’avérer nécessaire d’augmenter notre résilience dans le contexte des phénomènes climatiques extrêmes, de changer nos pratiques de gestion des ressources en eau ou d’adapter nos villes et nos infrastructures pour faire face à un avenir imprévisible. Nous devons donc définir de solides stratégies pour répondre aux défis entraînés par les changements climatiques, grâce à l’adaptation, à la réorganisation et à l’évolution. Notre réponse aux changements climatiques doit comprendre des solutions qui permettront non seulement à nos systèmes socio-écologiques de survivre, mais également de prospérer.

Le 5e Symposium Trottier annuel sur l’ingénierie, l’énergie et la conception durables, édition 2018, porte principalement sur la résilience et les réponses humaines aux menaces qui découlent des changements climatiques, tout en se penchant sur les questions suivantes :

  • Qu’est-ce que la résilience et pourquoi est-il si important d’assurer la durabilité dans le contexte de l’urbanisation et des changements climatiques?
  • Comment pouvons-nous faire preuve d’une plus grande résilience aux perturbations comme les phénomènes climatiques extrêmes, les inondations, les périodes de sécheresse, l’élévation du niveau de la mer et les vagues de chaleur? Quelles solutions sommes-nous en train de concevoir, d’élaborer et de mettre en œuvre?
  • Comment pouvons-nous protéger les infrastructures et comment celles-ci peuvent-elles s’autorenouveler sous le coup des phénomènes climatiques extrêmes ou des autres stress aggravés par le changement climatique?


Conférenciers

Événement public gratuit, le symposium présente des conférenciers de renom durant les deux jours du symposium. Les présentations seront données en anglais.

4 avril – 1re journée – de 18 h à 20 h

Guy Nordenson, professeur, ingénierie structurale et architecture, école d’architecture de l’Université Princeton

Pippa Brashear, directrice de la planification et de la résilience, SCAPE

Alan de Sousa, Maire d’arrondissement Saint-Laurent et conseiller de la ville ensemble Montréal

5 avril – 2e journée - de 18 h à 20 h

Karen Seto, professeure, géographie et études en urbanisme, école de foresterie et d’études environnementales de l’Université Yale

Philippe Gourbesville, professeur, hydro-informatique et ingénierie de l’eau, Université Nice-Sophia-Antipolis

Pour en savoir plus : http://www.trottiersymposium.org/


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Centre Mont-Royal

2200 Rue Mansfield

Montréal, QC H3A 3R8

Canada

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