Friday, September 17, 2010

Cameron Sinclair and Will Wynn to Speak at TSA Convention

General Session One: Cameron Sinclair, co-founder of Architecture for Humanity
The Real Purpose of Design
Friday, Oct. 14, 2010, 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

In the past century, the ten deadliest natural disasters include floods, earthquakes, cyclones, and tsunamis, with death tolls ranging between 80,000 and well over two million. One of these top ten is the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti. Since January, Architecture for Humanity (AFH) has been in the field assisting the people of Haiti. Founded in 1999, AFH is a nonprofit that helps architects apply their design skills to humanitarian efforts. Sinclair will share the story of how AFH came into being and why he decided his purpose is in spreading and supporting social, cultural, and humanitarian design.

General Session Two: Will Wynn, former mayor of Austin
Leading Communities Toward a Shared Purpose
Friday, Oct. 14, 2010, 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Early in his political career, Will Wynn developed a strong sense of purpose related to reducing carbon emissions. As Mayor of Austin, Will Wynn worked to raise awareness of the problems associated with climate change and link effective public policies needed to deal with the challenge. Wynn will present his observations and experiences joining sound urban planning with effective climate protection, demonstrating how electric utility policies and development regulations can compliment each other to dramatically reduce CO2 emissions.

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