Redefining Community Vitality
A true pioneer in regenerative design, Bob Berkebile’s goal is to integrate social, environmental, and economic vitality. This green building legend helped develop both LEED and the Living Building Challenge (LBC), and also created the first building to achieve both LEED Platinum and LBC certifications. At March’s Inspire Speakers Series, Bob will share his vision of Urban Acupuncture. “In this critical time for America, the human family, and the planet, can urban acupuncture provide the ‘new manner of thinking’ Einstein was requesting, and become the catalyst for community vitality and resilience?” Come find out!
More About Bob Berkebile
- Principal of BNIM Architects (Kansas City, MO)
- Founded the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) in 1989 and served as its initial chair
- Founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council; served on the national board
- Received a Heinz Award from Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation for his role in promoting green building design
- BNIM received AIA’s National Firm Award in 2011
Bob’s projects include:
- The Omega Center for Sustainable Living at the Omega Institute, the first building in the world to achieve the Living Building Challenge and LEED Platinum certifications
- Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus Master Plan, the university’s vision to build the nation’s first sustainable campus
- Bancroft School Apartments in Kansas City’s Manheim Park neighborhood, a collaboration with Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation to renovate an existing school into healthy, affordable, and LEED Platinum rental units with community amenities… the most beautiful place in Kansas City! Hear Bob talk about how this project embodies urban acupuncture!
- After the devastating tornado in Greensburg, Kansas in 2007, Bob’s firm contributed to the vision of creating a model green community around the principles of economic, social and environmental sustainability. Check out the Sustainable Comprehensive Master Plan!
- The integration of Generous Pragmatism into the firm’s many projects
- A recent article in Metropolis magazine as part of The Next Building Environment Today series, a collaboration between the magazine and Architecture 2030
How does urban acupuncture relate to Western Pennsylvania?
Joining Bob Berkebile on stage this Thursday will be local community champions Amy Piccirilli and Bill Pricener. These two leaders in the local pioneering branches of the YMCA will share inspiring stories of how the organization’s people, places, and programs are transforming hundreds of lives throughout the region.
As the first sustainability coordinator at any YMCA in the country, Amy works to create healthy spaces in which to foster healthy minds and bodies throughout the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh. Amy will share examples of her work, which include expanding the YMCA’s urban garden program, launching an aggressive utility monitoring system, creating a robust green building policy, and adopting the Materials Red List (which Bob Berkebile helped introduce through the Living Building Challenge).
Bill Pricener, executive director of the Allegheny YMCA, will share the moving story of his branch’s urban garden. With the help of Grow Pittsburgh, the Allegheny YMCA built a garden that is tended by its 105 male residents, offering them a sense of independence and purpose. See a preview here.