Architects producing panel on Zero Cities Project


The Woodbridge N. Ferris Building in downtown Grand Rapids is part of the Kendall College of Art and Design campus. Courtesy Ferris State University

A local association of architects is hosting an event this week on the Zero Cities Project.

AIA Grand Rapids’ Committee on the Environment, or COTE, will produce the panel discussion on Thursday at the Kendall College of Art and Design Woodbridge N. Ferris Building in downtown Grand Rapids, at 17 Pearl St., Room 217.

The panel will begin at 6 p.m., preceded by networking with drinks and appetizers at 5:30 p.m.

Alison Waske Sutter, City of Grand Rapids Sustainability Manager, will introduce the Zero Cities Project.

A panel will be held afterward to discuss what can be done to assist the initiative.

Panelists include Sutter, Mike Corby, FAIA, principal of Integrated Architecture, Brian Craig, AIA, director of the graduate architecture program at Kendall College of Art and Design, Dick Temple, AIA, project administrator of human medicine at Michigan State University and Maurice Townsend, developer of MoTown Square.

The event is free, and participants are encouraged to participate in the break-out session following the panel.

COTE serves as the community and voice of AIA architects regarding sustainable design.

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