Building sustainability and resilience through chemistry

| June 21, 2018

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At the AIA Conference on Architecture this week, architects, designers, and firms are gathering in New York City to share their perspectives, and learn from others, about how to “build a blueprint for better cities” – with a focus on health, resilience, and sustainability. AIA states that “community sustainability goals are fulfilled in large part by an architect’s ability to create practical solutions to the challenges posed by climate change, population growth and the pursuit of more connected, healthier communities.”

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