POP-UP EVENT 8/9: More Sustainable Materials for Healthy Buildings (Dyer Brown)

Laurel Christensen

On August 9, Dyer Brown is hosting an educational event at their Boston headquarters with partner group and co-host mindful MATERIALS. The gathering for building industry professionals promotes the adoption of better, more sustainable methods, materials and solutions in the worlds of design, construction and commercial real estate.

Led by architect Laurel Christensen, project manager and sustainable design leader with Dyer Brown and director of outreach and engagement with mindful MATERIALS, “Pop-up Materials: from Why to How” features exhibitors, guided networking, presentations from local sustainability leaders and an update from mindful MATERIALS CEO Annie Bevan, followed by a happy hour for informal socializing.

“As awareness of the impact of the built environment on climate change, human health, and ecosystem degradation continues to grow, more and more building industry professionals are motivated to prioritize sustainability in their work,” says Christensen. “The fact that over 170 architectural firms have signed on to the Architecture & Design Materials Pledge underscores our profession’s sincerity, but ambiguities around what makes a sustainable material create fractures in what might otherwise be a united industry effort.”

She adds, “Every potential changemaker has a reason why – the mindful MATERIALS pop-up session will help align on the how.”

According to Christensen, the August 9 gathering presents practicable information that designers can use right away, including new options for materials and ways to identify and evaluate materials that support a circular economy and positively impact human health, climate health, ecosystem health, social health and equity.

EVENT: Pop-up Materials: from Why to How

WHEN: Tuesday, August 9, 2022, 5:00pm – 8:00pm Eastern

WHERE: Dyer Brown Architects One Winthrop Sq., Boston, Mass. 02110

Laurel Christensen, AIA, WELL AP, sustainable design leader, Dyer Brown
Annie Bevan, CEO, mindful MATERIALS
Barbra Batshalom, executive director, Sustainable Performance Institute
Alexandra Gadawski, AIA, WELL AP, LEED AP, associate, HMFH Architects

RSVP:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pop-up-mmaterials-show-boston-tickets-367579388847

“Pop-up Materials: from Why to How” features exhibitions, panel discussions, presentations, and guided networking, followed by a happy hour for refreshments and socializing. Leading companies making sustainable building materials showcase their work reducing or eliminating the negative environmental impacts of their products, and how designers and architects can help. Topics include the power of collaboration to scale individual work, the evolution of mindful MATERIALS as a movement and an organization, and creating opportunities for connections between attendees — helping everyone link the why of materials to the how.

5:00 – 6:00pm: Meet the exhibitors and tour Dyer Brown’s office and materials library
6:00 – 7:00pm: Presentations and guided networking
7:00 – 8:00pm: Happy hour!