This fall, the Buell Center hosts a mini-series on green infrastructure as part of the GSAPP Conversations podcast. In the first episode of the A&E System mini-series, Laura Veit (‘19 MArch) and Alicia French (‘19 MArch) discuss their involvement in “The A&E System: Public Works and Private Interest in Architectural and Engineering Services, 2000–2020,” a publication developed by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia GSAPP from 2017 to 2020. Both French and Veit are practitioners in the field of architecture. French works for the New York City-based Montroy DeMarco Architecture and is a member of the AIANY Civic Leadership Program and Veit works at the Palo Alto-based office Field Architecture.
“The A&E System” project initiated at the Buell Center asked: Who will design and manage the green infrastructure needed to combat climate change? In the United States today, whether this infrastructure is financed publicly or privately, it would most likely be designed and managed by public-private partnerships led by large architecture and engineering (A&E) firms, or what we are here calling the “A&E System.” The resulting publication, a resource for students, teachers, and professionals in the arts and sciences of the built environment, is available on the Buell Center’s “Power: Infrastructure in America” website: www.power.buellcenter.columbia.edu