Beyond Sustainability: Book launch and panel discussion

Celebrating the publication of “Beyond Sustainable” by Ryan Ludwig & “Climate Adaptation and Resilience Across Scales” by Nicholas Rajkovich and Seth Holmes


In 1987, the Brundtland report defined sustainable development as “meet[ing] the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” In the 35 years since, how have we made progress towards the aspirations of this definition? 

How has this definition evolved along with society? How must we redefine our roles and responsibilities as architects, planners, designers, and students of the built and natural environment?

Two new books seek out answers to these questions and their many iterations.

Beyond Sustainability book launch and panel discussion
April 30, 2022, 1 - 3 PM
Under the Trellis at Silo City in Buffalo, NY

In addition to brief presentations by the authors, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Zuzanna Drozdz with the authors as well as panelists Joyce Hwang and Jamie Vanucchi, the bat inspired music of Shawn Chiki, and a reception at Duende at Silo City at 3 pm, following the program.

Copies of the both books will be on sale at the venue courtesy of Talking Leaves Books.

Book launch

Beyond Sustainable, by Ryan Ludwig.

Beyond Sustainable, by Ryan Ludwig

The 1st book, Beyond Sustainable, by architect and educator Ryan Ludwig, theorizes an alternative relationship between human-beings and the constructed environments of habitation they create living in the Anthropocene, an increasingly volatile and unpredictable landscape of certain change. Ryan Ludwig is an assistant professor at the Roger Williams University's School of Architecture, Art & Historic Planning. An architect, writer and educator, his professional and academic research focus on the intersection of architecture, ecology, and social equity in the built environment.

Climate Adaptation and Resilience Across Scales, co-edited by Nicholas Rajkovich and Seth Holmes.

Climate Adaptation and Resilience Across Scales, co-edited by Nicholas Rajkovich and Seth Holmes

The 2nd book, Climate Adaptation and Resilience Across Scales, co-edited by Nicholas Rajkovich and Seth Holmes, brings together practitioners and researchers to discuss climate-related resilience from the building to the city scale to provide professionals with guidance on adapting the built environment to a changing climate. Nick Rajkovich is an associate professor of architecture at the University at Buffalo, whose research investigates the intersection among energy efficiency, renewable energy, and adaptation to climate change in buildings. Seth Holmes is an associate professor of architecture in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology. His research addresses climate adaptation and resilient design with focuses on the integration of climate change projections with building performance.


This event also celebrates the completion of the Silo City Trellis, a design-build project created through a three-semester series of studios conducted by the Ecological Practices Research Group at the School of Architecture and Planning. 

This event is sponsored by the AIA Buffalo/WNY Committee of the Environment