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Book Launch and Round-table Discussions: Sustainable Architecture Between Measurement and Meaning

Thursday, November 25, 2021
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Izabel Amaral, Ted Cavanagh, Anne Cormier, Laura Coucill, Carmela Cucuzzella, Tom Jefferies, Brian R. Sinclair, Nada Tarkhan, Sherif Goubran


This event is free





This book takes a step back to reflect on how sustainability in the built environment can be theorized and practiced critically. It highlights that architecture remains a human and social science that lies at the intersection of measurements and meanings by asking: Can sustainable architecture still operate in a dialectic space of expression, where the human intuition, senses and skills may hold the key to unravelling alternative futures of sustainable built spaces?

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Red book cover with white illustration of city buildings and their black shadows

Round table 1: The meaning of measurement in sustainable architecture

Authors begin the conversation by introducing the main thesis of their chapter in 2-3 minutes.


  • Can a purely quantitative sustainable architecture exist? What about a purely qualitative sustainable architecture?
  • What human or even architectural dimensions are being overlooked in current green practices?
  • As architects and architecture educators, how can we bring meaning to measurement?

Round table 2: Can it count even if it cannot be counted?

Authors begin the discussion by expressing their views on how qualitative dimensions of sustainability contribute to the quality of the built environment.


  • Comments of the mainstream discourse of sustainable architecture – where is it going and the forces shaping it?
  • How can social, community and contextual dimensions produce locally significant sustainable architecture?
  • What types of pathways into a sustainable architecture project justify that countability of impacts is not a true measure of success?

Featuring (in alphabetical order)

  • Izabel Amaral, Laurentian University
  • Ted Cavanagh, Dalhousie University
  • Anne Cormier, Université de Montréal
  • Laura Coucill, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Carmela Cucuzzella, Concordia University
  • Tom Jefferies, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Brian R. Sinclair, University of Calgary
  • Nada Tarkhan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Moderated by: Sherif Goubran, The American University in Cairo
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