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EARTH: Saving Our Soils

April 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

CEU Approved for 1.5 Learning Units
Cost: Free to AIA MB Members, Allies, Associates, Sponsors, and Architecture Students

The AIAMB COTE is pleased to bring you the final lecture on earth’s 4 elements; EARTH: Saving our Soils. The webinar will feature local ecologist and landscape designer, Paul Kephart, of Rana The Cohabitat Co..

Paul will speak on the following:

  • Define the term “environment” (e.g. water shed, health, microbiome soils, animals and plants that depend on the soil etc.).
  • Soil preservation and provide examples.
  • Drill down further in the conversation to speak about what happens to the hydrologic cycle – how does soil store not only carbon but also water.
  • Discuss “planning elements” and the connectivity to soil and water, how can we plan for soil preservation and minimize soil disturbance during the design process – this is rarely in the vernacular of the planning process for a new home for example.

In addition, we will be joined at the end of the webinar with John Kasunich, of Haro Kasunich Engineers, to offer another point of view on the inherent issues and creative solutions to the problems that arise between what is necessary to keep buildings intact on the land and what is necessary to develop a thriving landscape.  

To get a preview into some of the subjects covered, we recommend watching an intriguing documentary  called “Kiss the Ground,” on Netflix.


April 23
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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