| David Schatzle
- New Hampshire Technical Institute; Concord's Community College
- United States
Mr. Schatzle is an American Architect, designer, urbanist, writer and also painter, who is focused on pioneering new century themes of energy and climate change. His professional training began with an undergraduate study and a bachelor’s degree in Design of the Environment received from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986. He returned for the completion of his Master in Architecture in 1992. He studies the re-development of commerce and urbanism at Berlin Center following the reunification of East and West Germany. In 1996 with the support of a Fulbright Fellowship to Italy he studies the architectural works of Leonardo da Vinci and established in the History of Architecture a basis for work in Sustainability and “Healthy Buildings.’ Between 1997 and 1999 he completed a pre-medical studies program at the Harvard University Extension School in order to broaden his knowledge and skills to include the “life sciences.” Since his academic studies he has designed and overseen the construction of a number of energy efficient and environmentally minded projects and begun a career as an educator in Architecture with a focus on sustainable practices. One of the buildings he designed, the Cambridge City Hall Annex, one of the first Gold-LEED rated renovated building was designed almost ten years ago. This building was unique then, and today remains an influential example of energy efficient and environmental design for the renovation of existing buildings. He was born in Cold Spring, New York USA and became an Architect in 1994.
‘A Knowledge Based Climate Change Initiative for New Hampshire’s Building Industry’
‘Like Leonardo’s architectural work the imperative search for effective sustainable methodologies trumps divisive political, economic and cultural self interests. Now, as then, is a time for cultural battles where the winner will envision the radical unity of the human race and makes a place for the weak out of a profound and unprecedented empathy, where no one will be vanquished, forgetting will be the only rule, and a crisis of our own making underscores the essential place of change and growth in the human experience and an internal clock that will not wait.’ (Sustaining the Discourse in Architecture, Wim A. Kane, 2007)
The objectives of my project for the Fulbright New Century Scholar Program are to:
- Re-dedicate my institute’s Architectural Engineering Technology program to research and training in sustainable building technologies, to
- Revive our statewide building industry pro-actively,
- Support growth in the new century’s emerging energy and environmental economies, and
- Expand educational horizons of my home and host institutions with a joint venture of global importance.
It is in addressing these objectives that I am seeking a role as a New Century Scholar on the theme for 2008-2009: “The University as Innovation Driver and Technology Center”.
Despite cultural inertia, the building industry offers the greatest single opportunity to affect a new energy economy and climate change.
Today, Climate change initiatives focused on Buildings are in place in many cities around the world, my research will look at two of them: Shanghai, China and Tokyo, Japan.
Shanghai and Tokyo are both C40 cities, a group of the world's largest cities committed to climate change. The C40 policy advocacy has so far been focused on business opportunities and initiatives that address climate charge.
However, more than half of all costs in building construction are attributable to labor. The goal of the research is to learn how specific educational programs are linked to business, to support deployment of new technology and newly skilled professionals and labor workforce of the host cities.
The thesis of my research as a New Century Scholar is:
The effectiveness of a climate change initiative for buildings will depend on development within the institutions of higher education of a ‘knowledge center’ for energy and sustainable technologies that provides:
A new energy economy and a global climate change initiative are goals shared by all the participating institutions. These institutions are responsible for developing sustaining the most valued resource of their communities, - people. The benefit of sharing diverse perspectives on these shared challenges, the opportunity to work together and to share common goals of global importance will prove to be the drivers for the best success for the project.
- Training to enable graduates to join the marketplace for sustainable products and services, and
- Knowledge based consulting for policymaking with Government and Business.