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“Low Carbon Pathways for Structural Design” at Stanford University

November 1, 2017 - Yang & Yamazaki Energy & Environment Building, 473 Via Ortega, Stanford, California 94305-4020

Catherine De Wolf (Structural Xploration Lab) has been invited by Prof. Michael Lepech for a seminar, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University. Her talk addresses low carbon pathways for structural design.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that substantial carbon reductions are needed now to avoid extreme climate catastrophes. In light of this urgent need, innovative structural designers play a critical role in lowering the life cycle impact of the built environment. Catherine De Wolf presents both the assessment and the design of low carbon building structures. At MIT, a database was established to collect material quantities from leading structural engineering firms such as Arup and Thornton Tomasetti. At EPFL, industry-wide strategies and pathways are developed for low carbon structural design. This research aims to inspire engineers and architects to contribute to a low carbon future.