Prof. Pollalis, Professor of Design, Technology and Management at the Harvard Design School since 1986, is an expert on planning and management of sustainable large scale projects. At Harvard University, he has been the Principal Investigator of the projects (a) the “Zofnass Program for the Sustainability of Infrastructure” that focuses on rating infrastructure projects for sustainability. It has already been released a the “envision” rating system by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) in the USA. (a) “Sustainable Urbanism on the Coast of the Arab Gulf,” funded by Qatar Foundation to study the sustainability of 10 coastal cities. Prof. Pollalis is also the co-chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Singapore-ETH Centre for Global Environmental Sustainability. He has taught as a visiting professor at the ETH-Zurich, Switzerland; TU-Delft, Holland; Uni-Stuttgart, Germany; and the U-Patras, Greece; and has offered joint courses with the Harvard Business School on planning and development.
In his private practice, Prof. Pollalis is the chief planner for the new DHA City Karachi for 600,000 people, which is already under construction. DHA City Karachi has been planned as a sustainable green city, based on Envision. In the last two years, he headed the public company for the redevelopment of the former Athens airport and he created the master and business plans for its development. He is also the concept planner of the information infrastructure in the new administrative city in Korea, and the developer’s advisor for the new Saudi economic city in the East Province and has worked for the regeneration of the City of Warrensville Heights in Ohio, and the reconstruction of villages in Greece that were destroyed by wildfires in 2007. He has also made proposals for the redevelopment of the center of Athens. He has also designed signature bridges and two of his designs have been constructed: in Columbus Ohio, and in Athens, Greece, and he played a central role in the design and construction of the cable-stayed Zakim bridge, the new icon of Boston.
The large concentration of people and processes makes cities to be consumption centers, always depended on their hinterlands for resources. These inherent properties of cities create great opportunities for a change towards sustainability. Integrated city planning epitomizes our view on sustainability at a large scale. An integration among: (a) the infrastructure systems themselves, (b) the infrastructure systems and the natural systems, (c) the objectives and the efforts of the stakeholders. Sustainable Infrastructure Planning for contemporary cities can be applied to existing, expanding or new urban developments.
Prof. Dr. S.N. Pollalis and his team are experts in interdisciplinary research, analysis, and design and specifically in the fields of land-use planning, landscape design, urban design, architecture, engineering, community engagement, ecology, water, resilience, sustainability, and project management.
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