Seven Materials to Change The World
Presented By: Pliny Fisk III, The Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems
This presentation focuses on a set of materials and building approaches that responds to two major issues of our time; a global humanitarian crisis and a climate change crisis. Together they offer a new ecosystem of how industry, science, nature and technology can work towards a positive future.
Pliny Fisk III is Co-Director / Co-Founder of Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, the oldest sustainable design, planning, research and educational firm in the US. With a background in architecture, landscape architecture, and the systems sciences, Pliny has made pivotal contributions to the sustainability movement for more than four decades
His prototypes challenge conventional wisdom about building system design, engineering, and materials, now adopted by a range of clientele from indigenous people to iconic designs; The State Demonstration Farm in Laredo, - The State Green Building Demonstration Home, recognized as one of the top 10 green buildings in the world in Architect Magazine.
The Center’s protocols and policies offer new models for economic development, landscape architecture and planning at site, to national scale. He helped shape the world’s first Green Building Program, the first nationwide IO/LCA/GIS model (12.5 M businesses). He has helped green the White House, the US Pentagon, a NIST building, The UT Health Science Center and helped establish the National Center for Appropriate Technology, as well as the USGBC -LEED rating system.
Pliny’s work has earned several national and international awards including the Lewis Mumford Award, The Earth Summit Award in Rio, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Sacred Tree award, and The Passive Solar Pioneer Award.
Pliny has served as an advisor to the MacArthur, Gates, and Enterprise Foundations and was chosen to serve on the GSA’s National Registry for Design Excellence peer review program.
His biography was recently published by Ecotone press the publication arm of Living Future.