Free Webinar: The New Frontier of Design: Materials and Human Health, September 20, 1-2 pm EDT

  • 20 September 2023
  • Start time : 01:00 PM
  • End time : 02:00 PM
  • Event Host : The New School
Free Webinar: The New Frontier of Design: Materials and Human Health, September 20, 1-2 pm EDT
Event Description

We spend 90% of our time indoors surrounded by materials that often contribute much more to the spaces The New School design than we realize. At this current moment, in prioritizing human health and our carbon footprint we need to look beyond aesthetics and performance in the materials we specify. Toxic chemicals in building materials are well documented, the correlation between carbon and chemicals is less so. As designers we can address two of the major issues of current design and construction practice in the materials we specify. 

In this presentation we will look at materials throughout their life cycle to identify risk and opportunities for healthier, low-carbon alternatives and learn how to evaluate different materials and products. We will also discuss vulnerabilities in different communities and how not everyone is impacted in the same way. The presentation will culminate with a series of healthy design strategies we have developed that can be implemented immediately into your practice.

  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • The New School
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Catherine Murphy, Senior Researcher, Education
      Catherine had led educational programming at Parsons Healthy Materials Lab since 2017 and she holds a Master of Fine Art in Interior design from Parsons School of Design and an hons degree in Fine Craft Design (Embroidery) from University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is from Sligo in the west of Ireland.

      Leila Behjat, Senior Researcher, Design & Practice
      Leila D Behjat is an Architect, Dipl. Ing. (Master) in Architecture from the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Germany (now Hafencity Universitaet), she has worked on both residential and commercial projects including interior design and light design in Germany, Austria, Zambia, Botswana and the US.
  • Cost
    • FREE Event
  • Event type
    • Online/Webinar

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