Lecture Series: UMN Catalyst Week 2016

Architecture as Catalyst is an annual week-long event, bringing new ideas, conversations, and expertise to the school by inviting guests from around the world to run experimental workshops with graduate students and give public lectures on their work. Each year, the week before spring break, first and second year graduate architecture students engage with the guests and host faculty in intensive five-day workshops, each focused around a unique set of ideas and techniques.

The primary goal of Catalyst is to raise the level of discourse about design and to provoke leaps in perception of what design can be. The workshops serve as intense, rigorous, transformative and creative sparks within the spring semester, and participants then re-engage their peer groups able to share new ways of thinking, communicating and making.

This year’s Architecture as Catalyst investigates the topic of Representing Systems [as type and action], specifically leveraging the promises and pitfalls therein. With attention towards constructive logics latent within these systems, workshops and lectures will engage a range of strategies from the deranged, the subjective, the analogical, the material, the formal, and the speculative potentials of acceleration. Inherently non-neutral, these systems affect the formation of realities and our subsequent perceptions thereof.

Lectures - All lectures are free and open to the public: 

Monday, March 7
11:45AM | Rapson Hall 43
Lecture: Why Books Matter, Luke Bulman

6:00PM | Rapson 100
Lecture (keynote): Hard Boiled, Michael Young

Tuesday, March 8
6:00PM | Rapson Hall 100
Lecture: Drawing Analogies: Reinventing Townscapes, Andrea Ponsi

Wednesday, March 9
11:45AM | Rapson Hall 43
Lecture: HouMinn Waste & POP Culture, Blair Satterfield

6:00PM | Rapson Hall 100
Lecture: Strange Birds, Perry Kulper w/ panel discussion to follow

Thursday, March 10
12:05PM | Bell Museum Auditorium
Lecture: Generative design process in Frei Otto and NOX, Ludovica Tramontin

Friday, March 11
2-5:00PM | Rapson Hall Courtyard
Catalyst Exhibition and Presentations

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