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      New York Times Columnist Thomas Friedman to Deliver Keynote Address at AIA National Convention

      Pulitzer Prize-winner calling for Green Revolution to Renew America

      Contact: Scott Frank

      For immediate release:
      Washington, D.C. – March 9, 2011 –
      The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced that author and columnist Thomas Friedman will address the opening general session of the 2011 AIA National Convention and Design Exhibition on May 12th, and then deliver the keynote address later that day.

      In his newest book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded, Friedman argues that a green revolution is the type of national security initiative America needs right now, calling it “the biggest single peacetime project humankind will have ever undertaken.”

      To address environmental crises and rising competition for energy, he argues that America must begin to lead a green revolution to save our global future. Freidman calls our age the “energy-climate era,” characterized by a growing demand for scarcer resources, a massive transfer of wealth to petro dictators, disruptive climate change, the reinforcement of social inequalities and an accelerating loss of bio-diversity.

      “Having Mr. Friedman as our keynote speaker is an ideal representation of the theme, ‘Regional Design Evolution: Ecology Matters,’” said AIA President Clark Manus, FAIA. “With unprecedented growth in urban population, we are going to explore the opportunities that cities and their larger regions offer because of their advantages of scale and proximity. The essential fact is, design needs must be looked at not from the viewpoint of an individual building, but rather how buildings factor into a broader examination of community, regional and even global perspectives. Regional character will ultimately define the uniqueness of the place and ensure a sound economic underpinning. ”

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