Digital Design Series 11.11.20 – Climate Change and Wildfires as Catalysts for New Forms of Architecture and Land Use

Jesse M. Keenan, Ph.D., J.D., LL.M. School of Architecture, Tulane University This presentation will examine the scope and scale of the Oregon’s wildfires through the lens of the state’s robust history of growth management and environmental regulation. Through an exploration…

Digital Design Series 11.11.20 - Climate Change and Wildfires as Catalysts for New Forms of Architecture and Land Use

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Jesse M. Keenan, Ph.D., J.D., LL.M. School of Architecture, Tulane University

This presentation will examine the scope and scale of the Oregon’s wildfires through the lens of the state’s robust history of growth management and environmental regulation. Through an exploration of normative forms of land use, risk classification, material specification, and risk transfer, the presentation provides a pathway for contextualizing novel forms of architecture that may accommodate future settlement patterns and consumer preferences that are shaped by climate mitigation and adaptation goals.

About the presenter:
Jesse M. Keenan, Ph.D., J.D., LL.M. is a globally recognized thought leader, whose research focuses on the intersection of climate change adaptation and the built environment, including aspects of design, engineering, regulation, planning and financing. He is an Associate Professor and social scientist within the faculty of the School of Architecture at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

From 2018-2020, Keenan served as a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (FRBSF) where he led the bank’s first major research initiative in climate adaptation. This research culminated in the edited volume, Strategies to Address Climate Change Risk in Low- and Moderate-Income Communities (FRBSF, 2019), which The New York Times described “one of the most specific and dire accountings of the dangers posed to businesses and communities in the United States…”(October 17, 2019).

Keenan is the author of NYC 2040: Housing the Next One Million New Yorkers (Columbia University Press, 2014) and Climate Adaptation Finance and Investment in California (Routledge, 2018), which was awarded Amazon’s ‘Best Of’ Award for “The Best Business and Leadership Books of 2018.” Keenan is the co-editor of the books, Blue Dunes: Climate Change by Design (2nd Edition) (Columbia University Press, 2017) and North American Climate Adaptation: Fostering Resilience and a Regional Capacity to Adapt (Springer, 2017).

From 2019-2020, Keenan served as a Special Government Employee Advisor to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) where he co-led research efforts evaluating the impacts of climate change on financial stability. In this capacity, he served as an elected co-editor of the publication, Managing Climate Risk in the U.S. Financial System (CFTC, 2020)—the first major climate change publication by a U.S. financial regulator.

With colleagues from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Keenan is the co-editor of the forthcoming book, COVID-19, Systematic Risk and Resilience (Springer, 2021). Keenan is the also the co-author of a variety of design research monographs, including, Mobility Oriented Design: The Case for Miami’s Metrorail (Office of Urbanization, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 2019); Adapting Miami (Harvard Graduate School of Design, 2020), and Multiple Miamis (Harvard Graduate School of Design, 2020).

Keenan holds degrees in the law (J.D., LL.M.) and science (M.Sc.) of real estate and the built environment, including a Ph.D. from the Delft University of Technology.

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