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Adil Sharag-Eldin Lecture | April 7 | 5:30 PM

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We will be hosting a special Thursday night lecture as part of our Spring Lecture Series, April 7th at 5:30 PM, featuring Adil Sharag- Eldin. His talk is titled, Resilient Cities: Learning from the Chicago Heatwave.

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In essence, resilience at the city level is the ability of its citizens to overcome immediate crises, learn their lessons, adapt to new realities, and succeed. It is inevitably a function of its readiness for potential calamities. One of the tenants of Resilience is “Reflection”, or learning from the past. In his presentation, the College of Architecture and Environmental Design will draw lessons from a 20-year old disaster that occurred in the Midwest. The objective is to understand the series of events and the conditions (environmental and social) that have happened and avoid re-occurrence of what we claim to be a preventable disaster. In 1995, a heat wave struck the Midwestern area in the United States causing 739 deaths in five days. Despite the large impact, very few studies were conducted focusing on the urban environment and its design. His presentation will share with the audience a comprehensive analysis of the existing built environmental conditions that occurred in July of 1995 and to which heat-related fatalities could be attributed. The research took advantage of the advanced computational methods available to us to recreate the microclimatic conditions that occurred at the time. Simulation programs were used to evaluate the indoor conditions where some of the victims lived. The research has identified and established causality between the building and urban design failures and heat-related deaths. Dr. Sharag-Eldin will emphasize on the likelihood of reoccurrence of similar incidents in extreme heat episodes unless certain building codes issues addressed and city response plans modified to prevent a repeat. The discussion will also include the impact of climate change, Urban Heat Island (UHI) and the strategies cities implement to reduce its effect.

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Dr. Sharag-Eldin is a professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State University. He has over 25 years of experience as a building scientist in the area of green and high-performance architectural and urban design, and over 17 years of teaching experience. He published extensively on topics related to building and urban design and their impact on performance and health. As a consultant, he worked with some major universities and governments on sustainable building projects in the Middle East. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and his Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The lecture will be held at the CUDC from 5:30-6:30 PM. As always, free and open to the public.

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