Living Future 2021, Online: Inclusion + Unity, April 20 - 23

  • 20 April 2021 To 23 April 2021
  • Event Host : International Living Future Institute (ILFI)
Living Future 2021, Inclusion and Unity
Event Description

Now in its 15th year, the Living Future "Unconference" continues as a mission-driven nonprofit event and has grown into the International Living Future Institute's flagship event and a leading global event especially for resilient design professionals working toward ecologically restorative, socially just, and culturally rich communities. Attendees who might plan to come for the technical experties found in educational sessions often leave with lifelong friendships and professional connections that leverage the transformation the built environment.

We see firsthand the threats of the continued warming of the earth’s atmosphere from burning fossil fuels as well as the rapid depletion and degradation of our natural world. Now more than ever, the Living Future unConference is needed--is mandatory in these critical and time-sensitive years. Fortunately, the spirit of the inaugural conference remains the same: We believe there is a solution, and our goals remain intact and achievable: we convene this event to allow you to learn from this community, connect deeply with others, and to push yourselves to change the status quo though bold, visionary transformation.

The Living Future community is a unique and made up of practitioners, alligned nonprofits, educators, developers, manufacturers, builders, architects, sustainability professionals, artists, and individuals spanning all industries--all devoted to deep green sustainability and creating transformative and scalable impact. These visionary leaders, committed manufactuers, and passionate individuals convene at Living Future  to explore opportunities, expand their vision, and to create collaboratively with one another toward the goal: to be part of the solution.

Choose from over 40 sessions (with the ability to watch all recorded content), including case studies, tours, and networking meetups. Sample sessions:

  • Confronting Power and Privilege: Centering Equity through an Integrative Design Process
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Renewable Energy Future 
  • Reserva Santa Fe, Living Community Challenge project in Mexico
  • An Indigenous Holistic Paradigm Shift
  • Turning the Heat: Resiliency in New York City's Heat-Vulnerable Neighborhoods
  • Centering Equity to Meet Today’s Resilience Challenges
  • Embracing Equity & Inclusion in the Design of Community Buildings
  • Weaving Biophilia: Inspiring Equity and Culture in Urban Communities
  • Inclusive Engagement in a Time of Physical Distancing
  • Natural Buildings: Integrating Earthen Building Materials and Methods Into Mainstream Construction
  • Contractor Contributions to Embodied Carbon Reduction
  • Transforming the Material Supply Chain: from the Lab Bench to the Job Site
  • Harnessing Meaningful Change: Integrating Embodied Carbon in the Design Process
  • PFAS & Materials: Tracking Down Chemicals in Building Products & Seeking Healthy Alternatives
  • The Elephant in the Room - Embodied Carbon in Practice
  • High Rises + Humans: The Pursuit of Net Positive Energy
  • From Trash to Change: Uniting around Material Reuse for a Zero-Waste & Zero-Carbon Future
  • Energy & Time: Scaling Up Resilient Networks of Clean Energy
  • Taking the Plunge: Water Petal Lessons from the Field
  • Advocacy in Action: Unifying a Multi-Faceted Approach to Solving the Housing Crisis at Scale
  • Thermal Comfort in the Southeast: A One-Year Check-in on the Georgia Tech Kendeda Building
  • Let the Artists Have a Say, Forget the Construction Companies: DPR Construction’s Sacramento Office

    and several sessions in Spanish:
  • Alcance del International Living Future Institute en Latinoamérica, hacia el Futuro
  • Diseño Regenerativo en Latinoamérica
  • Asentamientos Informales: Retos y Oportunidades para el Siglo XXI
  • Enan ts'in Inna (Go Forward in a Good Way)
  • Visión Feminista para Cambiar el Curso del Ambiente Construido


To learn more and to register, visit Living Future 21!


  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • International Living Future Institute (ILFI)
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Keynotes TBA!
  • Event type
    • Online conference

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