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The cumulative effects of agriculture, industrialization, and urbanization are unequivocally changing our climate and producing globally unprecedented challenges related to food production, building materials, and human and ecosystem health, and exacerbating conditions that promote the spread of pandemic diseases, and these challenges are disproportionately affecting low-income communities and communities of color. This is not new. Our built environments create impacts on all of the above forces, and play a critical role in the creation of, and potential dismantling of, inequitable conditions of living and human and ecosystem health. How do we as designers of buildings and cities contribute to climate change and its deeply-rooted, systemic impacts, and what can we do now to turn our impact positive? How do we recognize, through our planning and building processes, the links between human health in our communities, particularly in communities of color, and the health of the planet and its ecosystems? How do we designing for climate justice, carbon neutrality, and equitable impact of positive change? And how do we reform our pedagogical approaches in our academies to ensure equitable climate considerations “go without saying”?
The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture is pleased to announce its Spring 2021 Lecture Series. With speakers hailing from across the globe, this semester’s lineup represents an exciting range of contemporary voices and international perspectives. Featuring a new, dynamic slate of speakers each semester, the School of Architecture’s lecture series plays an integral role in fulfilling the school’s commitment to fostering lively intellectual curiosity and the open exchange of ideas.
Starting Monday, January 25 and continuing throughout the semester, lecturers representing a broad cross-section of cultural practices—including Pritzker Prize Laureates, video game designers, filmmakers, and beyond—will present talks that push the traditional boundaries of the design disciplines, address some of society’s most pressing challenges, and help us reimagine the relationship between ourselves design and the world around us.
Perkins and Will’s design, Tubes ‘n’ Tunnels was selected as a winning entry to be built as an immersive experience at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s 16-acre Arboretum. The design competition, named “Fortlandia,” seeks to inspire adults and children to explore outdoors with an appreciation of art and nature in a series of temporary installations along the one-mile walking path. To amplify the beauty of the natural environment, Perkins and Will’s Tubes ‘n’ Tunnels installation bridges a connection between nature and the built environment to highlight how humans view the world, framing a series of landscape vistas in a playful interactive installation.
Join The University of Texas School of Architecture for a lecture with Alexandra Arènes, live-streamed on the Texas Architecture YouTube channel on Wednesday, September 30 at 1:00 pm CDT
UTSOA Fall 2020 Lecture Series: Claudia Pasquero—“Bio-Digital Aesthetic as Value System of Post-Anthropocene”
Join The University of Texas School of Architecture for a lecture with Claudia Pasquero, live-streamed on the Texas Architecture YouTube channel on Monday, September 14 at 12:30 pm CDT
Join The University of Texas School of Architecture for a lecture with Jesse Le'Cavalier, live-streamed on the Texas Architecture YouTube channel on Wednesday, September 23 at 1:00 pm CDT
Join The University of Texas School of Architecture for “Architecture or Computation”, a lecture with Peter Eisenman and Mario Carpo, live-streamed on the Texas Architecture YouTube channel on Wednesday, September 9 at 12:00 pm CDT