Cesar and Rafael Pelli headline VERGE Salon

Cesar and Rafael Pelli headline VERGE Salon

Cesar and Rafael Pelli headline VERGE Salon

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Oct. 3, 2014) — Cesar and Rafael Pelli discussed their thoughts on sustainable design and urbanism at a recent New York conference on the future of buildings cities.

In a rare joint public speaking appearance by the father-son architecture team, the two headlined VERGE Salon: Next-Gen Buildings and Cities in New York City on Sept. 16. The event focused on how technology and data are transforming the future of our buildings and cities. The architects participated along with corporate sustainability and technology leaders. Cesar Pelli is the co-founder of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and Rafael Pelli directs the firm’s New York office.

In a lively discussion, the two talked about the potential of architecture to be a driver in the fight against climate change. Discussing the firm’s work over the past 37 years, they noted the increasing role of sustainable design. They also discussed how the increasingly global nature of architecture is changing the character of cities. Commenting on architects responsibilities to the environment, Cesar Pelli noted, “Buildings don't belong to the architect. They belong to the city where they are built.”

VERGE Salons, organized by GreenBiz Group, focus on the technologies and systems that accelerate sustainability solutions across sectors. Among the topics they explore are how green infrastructure, technologies and grid solutions create value for buildings and cities; leveraging data to accelerate greenhouse gas reductions and water efficiency; and the impacts of benchmarking mandates on building efficiency upgrades.

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