Why is Climate Change THE defining issue of our times: And what can we do at ND to mitigate it.
Krupali Uplekar Krusche, Associate Dean for Research, Associate Professor of Architecture
Abstract: The built environment constitutes urban and rural infrastructures of cities, towns, and hamlets. Land use planning along with a wide array of design and planning decisions on various scales and expertise impact the way in which we are treating the planet and through it upsetting the delicate balance within our climate conditions and biospheres.
Prof. Krusche has been a leader in the field of advanced digital documentation of historic properties and urban settings using the latest technology in the field. Her research now combines urban studies with the knowledge gained through lidar and satellite studies of sites that are facing climatic hazards and in need of urban interventions that can help mitigate the issue of climate change.
With predicted values of increase in global population and simultaneous increase in global warming levels the situation is complex and has demanded the collaboration of scientists on various fronts. The talk will concentrate on some of these existing threats, the role of cities in exacerbating the issue and the need to integrate scientific study with advanced applied mitigation strategies.
Bio - Krupali Uplekar Krusche, PhD is the Associate Dean for Research at the University of Notre Dame and teaches Urban and Architectural Design studio and Documentation of World Heritage. In 2007, she founded the Digital Historic Architectural Research and Material Analysis (DHARMA) Lab, which specializes in 3-D documentation of World Heritage Sites like Mughal tomb sites in India (since 2008) and the Forum Romanum (since 2010), Taj Mahal (since 2015), and the Vatican Belvedere (since 2015). She has published, Rediscovering the Hindu Temple, the sacred architecture and urbanism of India, (Oct. 2012) and From Pen to Pixel - Studies of the Roman Forum and the Digital Future of World Heritage (Jan 2021).