2021-2022 FORUM LECTURE SERIES RE-ASSEMBLE
September 10, 2021
The Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism is proud to announce the 2021-2022 Forum Lecture series, titled Re-Assemble.
Over six lectures, our acclaimed speakers will examine the notion of re-assembly from several vantage points, framed relative to public spaces, social institutions, and places of domesticity. They will take into consideration larger demographic changes, economic influences, and climate imperatives, explaining trends across both large and small communities.
Along the way, we will hear of reconceived approaches to practice, incorporating new team structures and theoretical frameworks while utilizing novel fabrication techniques. Speakers, including Carleton alumni and recipients of the 2020 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture, will share their intersectional understandings of the challenges facing society and our opportunities for alliances in addressing them.
Looking forward, how might both ourselves and our surrounding environment re-assemble?
Monday, November 22, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. ET
Dr. Felecia Davis is an assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University’s Stuckeman Center for Design and Computation and director of SOFTLAB@PSU. She is also the principal of Felecia Davis Studio. She has lectured, taught workshops, published, and exhibited her work in textiles, computation, and architecture internationally, including at the Swedish School of Textiles, Microsoft Research, and the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In addition, Davis has received several finalist awards for her architectural designs in open and invited competitions, such as the California Valley Central History Museum, the Queens Museum of Art addition, the Pittsburgh Charm Bracelet Neighborhood revitalization competition, and the Little Haiti Housing Association in Miami. Davis has taught architectural design for more than 10 years, including at Cornell University, and design studios, most recently at Princeton University and the Cooper Union in New York. She earned a PhD from the Design and Computation Group in the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT, and received her MArch from Princeton University. She also holds a BSc. in Engineering from Tufts University.
This lecture will discuss current opportunities and challenges to conceive new modes of practice, reflecting on how we might re-assemble team structures and office hierarchies while further bridging academic research with pedagogy and professional practice. By showcasing Dr. Davis’s work, the lecture will focus on new means of design collaboration, foregrounding the increasingly blurred lines between professional and academic pursuits, theory and practice.
Our profession now brings together designers and scholars alongside industry and community partners. Many strive for a more comprehensive and intersectional understanding of environmental, technological, and social processes that impact their work. Modes of production and collaboration are changing to better integrate practice with theory. This is happening as approaches to design and construction rapidly evolve to account for accelerating technology, and designers become more ethically aware of their work’s socio-political impacts.
PUBLIC SPACE RE-ASSEMBLY
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. ET
Walter Hood is the creative director and founder of Hood Design Studio in Oakland, CA. He is also a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and lectures on professional and theoretical projects nationally and internationally. He is a recipient of the 2017 Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award, 2019 Knight Public Spaces Fellowship, 2019 MacArthur Fellowship, 2019 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, and the 2021 recipient of the Architectural League’s President’s Medal award.
This lecture reflects on the changing nature of public space, its role in urban areas, and ongoing value to communities. The rise in virtual interactions over the past pandemic year has counterintuitively driven demands for outdoor space as people seek an escape from screen fatigue. To support this demand, public space has significantly reconfigured for social distancing. The public realm also continues to be at the forefront of important socio-political movements and is tasked with playing an increasing role as sustainable urban infrastructure through landscape features. How, then, might we reassemble today’s public spaces—as well as ourselves within them—to better incorporate community consultation, urban ecological processes, and wider accessibility? What effective design responses exist for bringing together physical and cultural geography within the shared spaces of our cities?
The Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism acknowledges the support of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA) as an event sponsor.
Monday, September 20, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
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Dr. Nik Luka, Associate Professor, McGill University
Dr. Valerie Preston, Professor, York University
Respondent: Ottawa City Councillor Jeff Leiper
Canada relies significantly on immigration for its growth, a process that, in turn, offers a rich sense of diversity and demographic variance to our communities. As our country advances culturally and economically through new immigration, large and small communities alike are becoming increasingly diverse and heterogeneous, transforming our previous understandings of national identity and multiculturalism. This takes place at a time of growing numbers of retirees and migration away from the downtown cores of cities. How, then, has our demographic re-assembly influenced urbanization patterns, intensification schemes, and the provision of public amenities? In the face of temporarily reduced immigration numbers and the flight to suburbia driven by COVID-19, what demographic-driven development patterns are emerging across Canada?
Each speaker is invited to respond to the session’s theme and prompts through a 30-minute visual presentation, including specific examples from their work. After both presentations, the panel will switch to an open discussion moderated by a Carleton faculty member and joined by Ottawa City Councillor Jeff Leiper.
The focus of the discussion section is Ottawa as a case study for how cities are responding to demographic shifts and the forces behind them, such as housing supply and affordability, government immigration and refugee policies, and others. This will be followed by an audience Q&A.
The notion of assembly is at the core of architecture, from building materials to community connections, theoretical frameworks to programmatic uses, structural components to project teams. It is through these broadly defined yet inter connected assemblies that we construct our built environment. As we navigate new ways of convening and interacting with one another following the easing of lockdowns, the 2021-22 Forum Lecture Series turns to these many processes of architectural assembly and re-assembly.
Reflecting on the current state of society and design’s role within it, we ask: In what ways are people, places and practices today being re-assembled? How is this driving innovation in design research, professional practice, and pedagogy?
The history of architecture is one of perennial re-assembly—of building on and iterating theories, of reconfiguring design concepts, approaches, and collaborations, in addition to physically constructing materials and spaces. The altered social behaviours, ad-hoc spatial configurations, shifting demographics, and growing virtual realm of our past pandemic-focused year have only underscored our impetus to re-assemble.
Unpacking these dynamics, this lecture series investigates the future possibilities of physical, spatial, and operational re-assembly within our urban realm, acknowledging that these processes are not exclusively within the purview of design professionals.
We acknowledge the generous support of our founding sponsors: