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Designing for climate change and inclusion, with CBT Architects' Kishore Varanasi and Devanshi Purohit

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Designing for climate change and inclusion, with CBT Architects' Kishore Varanasi and Devanshi Purohit

BD+C's John Caulfield interviews Kishore Varanasi and Devanshi Purohit of CBT Architects about designing urban master plans for human scale. 


July 14, 2022

Climate change is having a dramatic impact on urban design, in terms of planning, materials, occupant use, location, and the long-term effect of buildings on the environment. Joining BD+C's John Caulfield to discuss this topic are two experts from the Boston-based CBT Architects: Kishore Varanasi, a Principal and director of urban design; and Devanshi Purohit, an Associate Principal.

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