GSD Coordinates Conference on a Sustainable Future for the ExumasAug 19, 2011
The Ministry of The Environment of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in conjunction with the Bahamas National Trust and the Harvard Graduate School of Design held a one-day conference in Nassau, The Bahamas, on Friday, July 8, 2011.
Entitled “A Sustainable Future for the Exumas: Environmental Management, Design and Planning,” the conference was addressed by The Rt. Hon. Hubert Alexander Ingraham, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, The Bahamas, who gave the government’s strong endorsement of the conference and the proposed long-term plan for the Exumas, the chain of Bahamian islands that includes the Exuma Cay Land and Sea Park.
“It has become necessary to require that developments in our country, particularly in communities proximate to National Parks and protected areas, be harmonious with the environment and for them to be governed by the highest standards and best practices, so as to accommodate desired and appropriate use,” said Prime Minister Ingraham.
Other speakers included The Hon. Earl D. Deveaux, Minister of The Environment, who explained that the aim of the introductory event "was to share views, exchange ideas and prepare the ground for a research initiative that will consider the Exumas from environmental, social, economic, and design and planning perspectives." This plan will then provide a model for land use plans in The Bahamas. The list of speakers included national and international experts on sustainability and planning and a number of Harvard University faculty, including Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design, who spoke about Visible and Invisible Aspects of Architecture and Urbanism as well as the GSD’s role in coordinating the event and longer-term study.