School of Building Construction Fall 2019 Lecture | Spiro Pollalis | Harvard Graduate School of Design

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Lecture Topic | Planning Sustainably: An Infrastructure-based Approach  

The lecture will address the sustainability of infrastructure and the Envision® rating system, developed at Harvard University. Then, sustainable infrastructure will be introduced as the starting point and a prerequisite for sustainable cities and an inextricable part of urban planning and configuration. The proposed systems approach emphasizes the synergies and interconnections between infrastructure processes, including physical structures and operations, natural processes, and the end-user. Each system is decoded, addressing (a) the main demand or consumption that must be covered by the system, (b) the strategic approach and resources to meet the demand, and (c) the facilities and networks required. When a system is relevant to the needs or performance of another system, the connection is highlighted supporting the development of multifaceted, integrated plans.

About Professor Spiro Pollalis

Spiro Pollalis, a Harvard University professor of 34 years, is an expert in the sustainability of infrastructure and cities. At Harvard, he has developed the Envision® sustainability rating system.

Professor Pollalis consults governments and the private sector on sustainability, and he is the chief planner for several sustainable cities, including a new city in Pakistan for 600,000 people, now under construction.

Professor Pollalis collaborates on sustainability with the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, IFC, the United Nations, and the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). 

Prof. Pollalis has three degrees from MIT, including his Ph.D., and an MBA.


Professor Spiro Pollalis
Graduate School of Design
Harvard University

About the Envision Rating System


About the Zofnass Program at Harvard





Event Location
School of Building Construction
Caddell Building
College of Design | Georgia Institute of Technology
280 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA 30332-0680
Location Details: https://bc.gatech.edu/visit-us 


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