Dr. Michael Ben-Eli | Sustainability by Design: From Concept to Action

Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 6:30 - 8pm

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Dr. Michael Ben-Eli

Sustainability by Design | From Concept to Action

The Sustainability Laboratory & Project Wadi Attir

Project Wadi Attir is a groundbreaking initiative that showcases new strategies for the creation of self-sustaining, ecologically and socially flourishing communities in arid climates. Situated on 100 acres in the Negev Desert, the project engages an impressive range of sustainable technologies and practices—from agroforestry and water management to on-site biogas and renewable energy production.

This project is a product of the Sustainability Laboratory. Dr. Ben-Eli will describe the work of the lab and its exploration of the five core principles of sustainability: the material domain, the economic domain, the domain of life, the social domain and the spiritual domain.

Dr. Michael Ben-Eli is founder and director of The Sustainability Laboratory and an international consultant on management and organization, as well as a senior advisor to The Buckminster Fuller Institute. His work has focused on strategy development, organizational design, sustainability, and change management. He graduated from the Architectural Association in London and later received a Ph.D. from the Institute of Cybernetics at Brunel University.

Dr. Michael Ben-Eli  |  Sustainability by Design: From Concept to Action

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 6:30pm
Frederick P. Rose Auditorium
41 Cooper Square NY, NY 10003

6:30 - 6:35pm
Greetings by Kevin Bone
Director | Cooper Union Institute of Sustainable Design

6:35 - 6:45pm
Contextual Notes by Lydia Kallipoliti "Counterculture in the Desert"
Senior Associate | Cooper Union Institute of Sustainable Design

6:45 - 6:50
Introduction of Dr. Ben-Eli by Elizabeth Thompson
Director | The Buckminster Fuller Institute

6:50 - 7:35pm
Keynote Lecture by Dr. Michael Ben-Eli "Sustainability by Design: From Concept to Action"
Founder, Director | The Sustainability Laboratories

7:35 - 7:55pm
Discussion with Kevin Bone & Dr. Michael Ben-El

7:55 - 8:00pm
Closing Remarks by Elizabeth Thompson


This event is free and open to the public.
Seats are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more info email isd@cooper.edu. Please RSVP to rsvp@bfi.org

The lecture is part of a series of events leading up to the 2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge prize event to be held at The Cooper Union on Wednesday, June 6th, 2012.



Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.