Lecture: Indy Johar, “Self Sovereign Architecture: Why architecture needs to own itself”

Self Sovereign Architecture; why architecture needs to own itself. An exploration into the future of architecture as a generative organism outside siloed human servitude.

Indy is a founding Director of 00 and Dark Matter Labs. An architect by training, Indy is a Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation and a visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield. He co-founded Impact Hub Birmingham and Open Systems Lab, was a member of the RSA’s Inclusive Growth Commission. He is a thought leader in system change, the future of urban infrastructure finance, outcome-based investment and the future of governance.

For more information, check out: https://darkmatterlabs.org/

Lecture: Holly Jean Buck, “Architecture and design in the transition away from hydrocarbons”

What if the people seized the means of climate production? Holly Jean Buck charts a possible course to a liveable future. Climate restoration will require not just innovative technologies to remove carbon from the atmosphere, but social and economic transformation.

Holly Jean Buck is an assistant professor in the Dept. of Environment & Sustainability at the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York. She recently wrote a book about best and worst-case scenarios for deliberately intervening in the climate — and why we should re-imagine carbon removal technologies. It’s called After Geoengineering.

For more information, check out: https://www.geo.design/

Lecture: Dr. Sandra Piesik, “Indigenous Bauhaus and Aesthetics of Sustainability”

2021 marks the UN-Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. At the time when the world is trying to combat not only climate change and biodiversity loss in addition to a global pandemic, re instating our relationship with the natural world matters. What kind relationship will it be?

Dr. Sandra Piesik is an award-winning architect, author and researcher specialising in adaptation of traditional knowledge, urban – rural dynamics and the implementation of global sustainable legislation. Sandra is currently working towards the programmes of UNFCCC, the Paris Agreement, UNCCD, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development The New Urban Agenda, The European Green Deal, and the New European Bauhaus. Her diverse global engagements range from international lectures, judging of the competitions, nominator of awards, and evaluation of R&D projects for the European Union.

For more information, check out: https://www.3ideasme.com/

Lecture: Studio GISTO / hund studio, “Frantoio Sociale”

We must rethink our development models and at the same time imagine new transition systems. The goal of this project is to demonstrate how demolition can be accessible to everyone, making it a social and collaborative practice, an opportunity for exchange and collective growth.

GISTO is a studio/workshop based between Milano and Treviso (Italy), operating at the intersection of architecture, design and craftsmanship. hund is a graphic and digital design team, working in the wider field of design research and identity shaping through experimentation and dialogue between physical and digital devices.

For more information, check out: http://www.gisto.net/ & https://hund.studio/

Lecture: Julia Watson, “The Power of Lo-TEK”

In an era of high-tech and climate extremes, we are drowning in information while starving for wisdom. Enter Lo—TEK, a design movement building on indigenous philosophy and vernacular infrastructure to generate sustainable, resilient, nature-based technology.

“Julia Watson is a designer, activist, academic, and author of Lo—TEK, Design by Radical Indigenism. A leading expert of Lo—TEK nature-based technologies for climate-resilience. Her eponymously named studio brings creative and conceptual, interdisciplinary thinking to urban projects and corporate clients interested in systemic and sustainable change. Julia regularly teaches urban design at Harvard and Columbia University.”

For more information, check out: https://www.juliawatson.com/

Lecture: Mitchell Joachim, “Design Against Extinction”

In this lecture, Mitchell Joachim makes an argument for the role that design and architecture can play in preventing widespread extinction and ecological collapse. Through the innovative use of bio-technology, additive manufacturing, and other emerging technologies, Joachim, through his practice Terreform ONE, imagines futures in which cities become hotbeds for biodiversity.

Mitchell Joachim is an architect and urban designer based in New York City. In addition to his role as Associate Professor of Practice at NYU, Joachim is a co-founder of Terraform ONE, a non-profit group that promotes socio-ecological design in cities.

For more information, check out: https://terreform.org/

Lecture: Dan Hill, “The Infrastructure of Everyday Life”

Dan Hill is Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova, the Swedish government’s innovation agency. A designer and urbanist, Dan’s previous design leadership roles include Arup, Future Cities Catapult, Fabrica, SITRA and the BBC. He’s lived and worked in UK, Australia, Finland, Italy and Sweden. Dan is Visiting Professor at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose and at Design Academy Eindhoven, Adjunct Professor at RMIT University, Design Advocate for the Mayor of London, and a Trustee of Participatory City Foundation.

In this lecture, by demonstrating some of his strategic design work at Vinnova, the Swedish government’s innovation agency, as well as elsewhere, Dan will describe what it might mean to reorient around social progress, climate resilience and public health, rather than unequal economic growth, poor health, social injustices and environmental degradation. The concept of ‘the Slowdown’ will be discussed, describing emerging thinking and practice about places, cultures and economies beyond the constant growth assumptions of the Great Acceleration of the last century. This suggests something of a battle for the infrastructures of everyday life, a genuine engagement with the technologies around us, and new ways of thinking about public and civic sensibilities and structures, participation and practices. Unpacking the concept of ‘dark matter’ in this context, and drawing from multiple projects, Dan will show how traditional lenses of design — from architecture to interaction design — might be trained on these big picture challenges.

For more information, check out: https://cityofsound.medium.com/

“Environmentalism is replacing formalism in architecture says Joseph Grima” published in Dezeen

Non-extractive architecture curator Joseph Grima

Following the live talk that Joseph had with Dezeen founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs in April, Dezeen published a story about the project and the driving forces behind the Non-Extractive Architecture project. Article can be found here.

Lecture: Lukas Wegwerth, “Forest to Furniture”

Lukas Wegwerth is an artist and designer based in Berlin. Lukas is the developer of THREE+ONE: a system which applies modular and structuralist design principles to 4.0 production methods in order to build furniture and architectural-scale structures for social spaces. With a minimal joint, a scalable, plug-in connector, THREE+ONE holds convertibility and a straightforward construction approach as its core values. It provides a platform for collaborative building.

In this lecture, Lukas gives an overview of his practice, the THREE+ONE system, and his recent forays into the sustainable sourcing and processing of wood for use in his projects.

For more information, check out: https://lukaswegwerth.com/home/

Lecture: Kathryn Larsen, [Seaweed] Farm to Table

Kathryn Larsen is an architectural technologist, with an interest in sustainability and vernacular architecture. She is currently a student at TU Delft’s renowned architecture masters program. Kathryn combines material science and biobased design, to reimagine historical techniques of construction.

In this lecture, Kathryn introduces her research on the use of seaweed as an architectural material, and presents and the outcomes of the work that she completed during her week long residency in Venice.

For more information, check out: https://kathrynlarsen.com/