BAC Public Lecture :: Daniel Overbey (8.12)

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BAC Public Lecture :: Daniel Overbey - Can Zoological Facilities Be Sustainable? Exploring Trans-Species Design at the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center
Wednesday 8.12.15, 5:30pm
Cascieri Hall

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The Boston Architectural College invites the community to join us for a public lecture by Dan Overbey, AIA, on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 5:30 pm in Cascieri Hall.

Abstract: The biodiversity of the Earth is declining at an alarming rate. The rapid loss of species we are experiencing today is estimated by experts to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the historic natural extinction rate. This rapid rate of decline further compounds the need for sustainable practices and mandates new approaches to conservation that communicates to the global community the crucial interdependence of plants, animals, people, and the environment.

Photo Credit: Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf

In particular, Orangutans may become the first Great Ape species to become extinct in the wild within the next decade. Their population has declined 92% over the past century due to habitat loss and a slow reproductive cycle. In response, the Indianapolis Zoological Society has pursued a vision to address these conservation concerns. They hired the former Director of Orangutan Research at the Great Ape Trust and secured funding to realize a state-of-the-art Orangutan research and exhibit facility.