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MARFA JELLYFISH

Detail, "Marfa Jellyfish" installation at El Cosmico.

Charged with creating video installations in a dirt campsite, four UTSOA Design V students traveled to and from Marfa, Texas, in a single weekend to build and dismantle designs for video screening spaces.

Assembled at the Trans-Pecos Festival held at El Cosmico in Marfa, the installations enhanced the annual concerts for festival attendees. The installations screened a variety of films, including a number from local Marfa artists.

Lecturer Jack Sanders [M.Arch. '05] designed the project as a design-build venture, where students would have the opportunity to build studio plans at a one-to-one scale. Third-year student Ethan Membroker described the experience: "The studio gives students a unique opportunity to get out of studio and into the real world. During our trip to El Cosmico, we were challenged to build at full scale and provide people with an experience to walk away with."

Sanders found the studio successful in both goals: "This year's class did a great job with this assignment—especially for this early in the semester. I can see that the students learned a lot about how to put something together. The experience has started an exciting investigation for the rest of semester."

The studio members will have the opportunity to refine their designs and use the project as a launching point for other full scale inquiries.

The Marfa Jellyfish student team included Kye Killian, Ethan Membroker, Rachelle Simon, and Tristan Walker.

SOA SNAPS

Chelsea Vargas and Laura Bryant, graduate students in the UT Austin School of Architecture's Landscape Architecture Program.


The latest edition of SOA Snaps is on the school's home page.

The October 2011 edition of SOA Snaps spotlights landscape architecture students Chelsea Vargas and Laura Bryant.

Join us each month for a glimpse into the people, projects, and activities that make up the School of Architecture. We'll post features regularly to share what's happening in our world. We hope you enjoy the stories.

We welcome suggestions for future stories. If you have an idea to share, please email SOA Snaps editors Amy Maverick Crossette at amyc@mail.utexas.edu or Pamela Peters at p.peters@mail.utexas.edu.

THE ISSUE: COLLECTIVE

Stay current at theissuecollective.com...

...the new student-run blog perpetuated by the editors and staff of ISSUE:.

The blog serves as a school-wide forum covering current issues, new directions, and dilemmas at the UTSOA and features contributions from faculty members, students, and alumni.

KENT S. BUTLER MEMORIAL BENCH DEDICATION

Dean Fritz Steiner welcomed family, friends, and guests at the dedication of a bench in honor of Kent Butler on October 1, 2011.

On Saturday, October 1, family, friends, students, and colleagues of Associate Dean Kent Butler gathered in the Eden & Hal Box Courtyard of Goldsmith Hall to dedicate a bench in his honor. Dr. Butler, a long-time faculty member, died during a hiking trip in Yosemite National Park in May.

The bench dedication followed a memorial symposium that celebrated Dr. Butler's important achievements as an environmental planning educator, practitioner, and scholar. The symposium's proceedings included panel sessions on water resources planning, ecological planning, smart growth, and international planning. The invited speakers included alumni, faculty, and planners in civic practice.

To be inscribed on the bench is a line from a poem by A.A. Milne, chosen by Kent's family, which reads, "Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known."

Joseph Kincannon, of Kincannon Studios in Austin, carved the bench from a solid piece of Texas limestone based on a design by Holly Kincannon.

Dean Fritz Steiner presented Butler's family with copies of The University of Texas at Austin Faculty Council Memorial Resolution, which was prepared by a special committee consisting of Professor Terry Kahn (chair) and Associate Professors Michael Oden and Robert Paterson.

Excerpt from the resolution: "That Kent's pervasive influence was accomplished with a quiet and unassuming manner, commensurate with the best of humanitarian approaches today, resonates loudly as his legacy to the Community and Regional Planning Program and the School of Architecture."

Following the bench dedication, attendees were invited to join a special field trip to the Kent Butler Ecological Reserve, a portion of the Balcones Canyonland Preserve named in his honor by proclamation on September 22 by the Austin City Council.

KENT S. BUTLER MEMORIAL FUND

Kent Butler.

Dean Steiner included the following remarks at the bench dedication:

"I would like to take this opportunity to say a few words about the Kent S. Butler Memorial Fund. When we learned of Kent's death, some of our of students and alumni organized to raise funds for something special in his memory. When I met with members of Kent's family, they expressed a desire to create an endowment as an enduring way to remember Kent and celebrate his life and work."

"The school created a memorial fund, and Kent's family, friends, colleagues, students, and alumni—as well as businesses, organizations, and professional associations—have given nearly $25,000 for the creation of the Kent Butler endowment. I know that many of you here today have been contributors to this cause, and I thank you for your generosity. Your gifts will benefit our community and regional planning students and, through their work, communities and the environment."

"In an appropriate way to carry on his life's work of teaching and serving the community, Kent's family has decided to dedicate the endowment to provide support to students who are doing internships at environmental organizations. I cannot think of a more meaningful tribute to what Kent believed in."

"With this in mind, members of Kent's family have proposed to match the next $25,000 in gifts to this endowment."

"In many ways, the collective effort of so many people and organizations coming together to support a cause in Kent Butler's name best exemplifies his rare and unique ability to rally people and create a sense of community around important work. Thank you for being a part of this community."

You can contribute to the Kent S. Butler Memorial Fund online. For more information, contact Director of Development Luke Dunlap at luked@austin.utexas.edu or 512.471.0154.

View Kent's memorial page, which includes a photo gallery of his time at the School of Architecture.

FACULTY SCHOLARSHIP

From "SLICE: Connections and Deviations" Exhibition by Joyce Rosner and Michelle Bayer, Kreft Center Gallery, Concordia University.

Senior Lecturer Joyce Rosner's work in the exhibition, "SLICE: Connections and Deviations," will be displayed at the Kreft Center Gallery, Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Michigan, from October 25 to December 4. There will be an artist reception on Friday, November 11.

Winner of the 2011 National Kreft Juried Exhibition, Rosner collaborated for this exhibition with Michelle Bayer, lecturer in the UT Austin College of Fine Arts. A central theme in Rosner's and Bayer's work is the idea of an iterative collection. Through the interplay of hand and material, narrative tension is developed between the subject and its recorded evidence. In this exhibit, the artists use the idea of the slice to reveal connections and deviations in each collection, capturing both the formal and experiential qualities of location, light, and time.

Rosner and Bayer also collaborated on two pieces that were accepted into the exhibition portion of the 6th International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art, which took place May 16 through June 3, 2011. One piece, which was made of old billboards, was accepted in the recyclability category, while the second, constructed of paper and wood, was accepted in the large format category. Both pieces were exhibited at the Centro de las Artes de San Agustin in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli in Mexico City.

Under the coordination of artist and professor Yosi Anaya, Ph.D., the biennial offered a full program of juried exhibitions, conferences, workshops, and a textile congress sponsored by the University of Veracruz.

Dr. Steven Moore, Bartlett Cocke Regents Professor of Architecture and Planning; Dr. David Adelman, Harry M. Reasoner Regents Chair in Law; and Dr. Barbara Brown Wilson, director of the UT Austin Center for Sustainable Development, have been awarded a National Science Foundation Workshop Grant to host "Sequencing and Targeting Climate Change Policy for Architecture: An Interdisciplinary and International Approach."

The workshop, to be held in the fall semester of 2012, is a collaboration between The University of Texas at Austin Center for Sustainable Development, the University of Manchester Architecture Research Centre, and the Arizona State University Center for Nonotechnology in Society.

The workshop will build upon the findings of the Beyond LEED Symposium to be hosted at the School of Architecture in January 2012 and will establish a research agenda for the collaborators.

On September 27, Dr. Nancy Kwallek, Gene Edward Mikesa Endowed Chair in Interior Design and Director of the Interior Design Program, presented a lecture on color palettes from the 1950s, in conjunction with Mika Tajima's exhibition, "The Architect's Garden," at the UT Austin Visual Arts Center. Dr. Kwallek used Herman Miller and Knoll as examples to discuss the impact of color on our senses.

Wilfried Wang, O'Neil Ford Centennial Professor in Architecture, led the Quito Travel Studio with 13 students to Ecuador. Besides seeing the impressive work of José Maria Saez Vaquero and Adrian Moreno, both visiting professors at the School of Architecture this semester, the group met José Miguel Mantilla and the office of El Borde: David Barragan and Pascual Gangotena. The students visited a number of outstanding pieces of contemporary architecture, as well as museums with Pre-Columbian art.

While in Ecuador, Wang presented a lecture on "Changing Paradigms: The Challenge of Sustainability to Architecture" at the Universidad Católica de Santiago Guayaquil and a lecture on "Judging Architecture" at the Universidad de Guayaquil.

Additionally, Wang has an interview published in the September 2011 edition of LastTapes, Athens, Greece, on the subject of the new Acropolis Museum.

On Wednesday, November 3, at the Houston Tomorrow Distinguished Speaker Series luncheon, Dean Fritz Steiner will discuss his latest book, Design for a Vulnerable Planet, and his ideas for a sustainable future based on new regionalism—a theory of design which holds that structure and landscape should be inspired by the surrounding ecosystem.

Steiner frequently works with local, state, and federal agencies on diverse environmental plans and designs. He is a member of the Steering Committee of America 2050 and is current president of the Hill Country Conservancy and board member of Envision Central Texas.

Adjunct Associate Professor Barbara Hoidn was an invited participant in the "Jane Jacobs Revisited: A Bellagio Conference" at the Rockefeller Foundation at Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Italy, which took place from September 29 to October 3, 2011.

The meeting marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of Jane Jacobs' The Death and Life of Great American Cities, a book that challenged the conventional wisdom of city planning at the time.

The conference and workshop brought together a selected group of international politicians, planning authorities, and academics to discuss the lasting impact of Jane Jacob's principles and their successful implementation in current and future urban design practice.

On October 5, Assistant Professor Matt Fajkus was the guest speaker in the University of Texas Libraries' new outreach program, Research + Pizza.

Director of the School of Architecture's state-of-the-art Thermal Lab, Fajkus spoke about sustainable architectural design strategies, focusing on building envelopes and efficient façade systems.

Fajkus' research informed his part in the design of the Home Research Lab, designed in collaboration with Associate Professor Ulrich Dangel, Assistant Professor Tamie Glass, as well as Atila Novoselac of the Cockrell School of Engineering. The facility is slated to be built in late 2011 as part of the Pecan Street Smart Grid experiment to integrate scientific research with sustainable living strategies for the public.

The Research + Pizza a lunchtime lecture series features research presentations by faculty from across the university.

ALUMNI CONNECTIONS

ALUMNI UPDATE

Bud Franck enjoys his "favorite place in Austin," the Battle Hall Reading Room. Photo by Annie Ray.

Charles "Bud" Franck [B.Arch. '10] was recently invited to write a short piece on his favorite place in Austin for Tribeza magazine. His essay, which focused on Battle Hall, can be found in the October 2011 "Architecture Issue" of Tribeza.

Since graduating from UTSOA, Franck has been employed at Miró Rivera Architects, but says he enjoyed returning to a "studio mindset" for a short while to write this piece on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Battle Hall.

For more on the Battle Hall Centennial Celebration, see events section below.

ALUMNI EVENT

We want you to stay involved and connected to the school, so please join us:


  • Texas Society of Architects 2011 Alumni & Friends Reception
    Thursday, October 27, 2011
    7:30-9:00 p.m.
    Dallas Office of PageSoutherlandPage
    Mercantile Building
    1800 Main Street, Suite 123
    Dallas, Texas

We are continuing our effort to find (and maintain) the most accurate contact information for all of our alumni. Stay in touch with former classmates—update your record and contact preferences by logging on to the university's online alumni directory.

More details will be available on the School of Architecture alumni web page as events approach. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Stacy Manning at smanning@austin.utexas.edu or 512.471.0617.

EVENTS

For the full schedule and latest updates, check the online UTSOA Calendar.

CHINESE ARCHITECTURE LECTURE SERIES

October 2011
(In conjunction with the Rice Design Alliance and the Dallas Architecture Forum)

The Chinese Architecture Lecture Series will explore the impact of a building explosion in China that began in 1978 when it ended decades of central planning and allowed its cities to grow in competition with each other and the global economy. Chinese cities have joined their older Japanese counterparts, and younger Vietnamese ones, in becoming intersections of the local and the global, in both economic and cultural matters.

Similarly, cities in Texas have experienced tremendous booms, with further growth projected. In the year 2030, the population for the counties that comprise the Texas Urban Triangle (which includes Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio) is projected to exceed 23 million of the 32 million for the entire state. What can Texas learn from China's expansive urbanism and architectural development?

There has been much criticism of Chinese urban planning and architecture during this period of growth because of the destruction of its vernacular buildings. Yet, there is a small group of Chinese architects who are creating innovative projects largely influenced by their vernacular architecture. This lecture program will invite members of this group of architects to explain their approaches with the ambition that one might learn from China of this accommodation of "the new" within the existing fabric of a city undergoing globalization. The lecture series will feature a U.S. scholar and three successful Chinese architects who have reacted to China's growth in three of its most important cities—Beijing, Shanghai, and Hangzhou. They are Thomas Campanella, Pei Zhu, Wang Shu, and Qingyun Ma.

All lectures in the Chinese Architecture Series will be in Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120, at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, October 3
Thomas Campanella
Associate Professor of Urban Planning, University of North Carolina

Friday, October 7
Pei Zhu
Studio Pei-Zhu
Beijing, China

Friday, October 14
Wang Shu
Amateur Architecture Studio
Hangzhou, China

Monday, October 24
Qingyun Ma
Dean, University of Southern California School of Architecture
Principal, MADA s.p.a.m., Shanghai, China

LECTURE

Billie Faircloth.

Monday, October 10 (NEW DATE)
Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120
5:00 p.m.
Followed by reception in the Mebane Gallery

Billie Faircloth
Research Director
KieranTimberlake
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Billie Faircloth is the research director at KieranTimberlake, an internationally recognized architecture firm noted for its commitment to research, innovation, and invention. She leads a trans-disciplinary research team which conspires to advance building design practices through material, system, process, and environment driven questions. She fosters collaboration between disciplines, trades and industries and their disparate bodies of knowledge.

In her professional and academic research Faircloth pursues an answer to the question: "Why do we build the way that we do?" Prior to joining KieranTimberlake, she was an assistant professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, where she instructed design research studios at the graduate and undergraduate level exploring applications for conventional and emerging material technologies and conducted seminars on emerging construction and fabrication technologies. Faircloth received a bachelor of architecture degree from North Carolina State University and a master of architecture degree with distinction from Harvard University.

View Faircloth's lecture, "The Beauty & Mystery of the 2x4," on TEDxPhilly.

EXHIBIT

September 26 – October October 12
Mebane Gallery, Goldsmith Hall
Gallery reception immediately following Billie Faircloth's lecture on October 10

"KieranTimberlake: Inquiry"

Established in Philadelphia in 1984, KieranTimberlake is an internationally recognized architecture firm, the recipient of numerous honors including the 2008 AIA Architecture Firm Award and 2010 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award.

By undertaking a path of research into new materials and potential technologies that alter fabrication and delivery methods and influence the way we live in our environments, KieranTimberlake reshapes our expectations of architecture.

This exhibition coincides with the launch of the firm's fifth book, KieranTimberlake: Inquiry, a reflection on the last decade of inquisitive approaches to their clients' needs, as well as the needs of the environment, and how that has broadened their vision of the relationship between process, craft, and form.

LECTURE

Monday, October 17
Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120
5:00 p.m.

John Stuart
John Stuart Architecture
Miami, Florida

John Stuart is an award-winning designer, author, video artist, and a professor in the Department of Architecture within the College of Architecture + The Arts at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami. In addition to teaching, he is on a two-year assignment as the Faculty Fellow in the Office of the Provost at FIU, where he serves as a liaison between faculty and the university administration.

John Stuart Architecture is an experimental research environment for the exploration of architecture through design, writing, fabrication, teaching, exhibition, drawing, and video production. The design of infrastructure (relating to the environment, transportation, institutions, communication, etc.) is a special focus of research and community involvement.

MUSIC IN ARCHITECTURE – ARCHITECTURE IN MUSIC SYMPOSIUM

October 19–22
The University of Texas at Austin campus
Performance times vary
Various locations—for which performances and installations were specifically designed—see symposium website

The Center for American Architecture and Design (CAAD), in conjunction with the School of Architecture, the College of Fine Arts, and the Butler School of Music, presents "Music in Architecture – Architecture in Music." This cross-disciplinary symposium will bring musicians, composers, architects, and scholars from around the world to explore the deep connections between the two arts through performances, installations, and academic research.

The program includes papers, round tables, and collaborative performances by musician/composers and architects, who are all finalists of an international design and composition competition, and who have created site-specific original music and architectural installations. In addition, there will be two performances commissioned specifically for the symposium.

SYMPOSIUM HIGHLIGHTS:

Wednesday, October 19

"Music in Architecture" competition finalist performances will be staged across campus in six locations including the LBJ Library Grand Hall, the Perry Castaneda Library Loading Dock, and the Waller Creek Bridge. The event will progress from one performance space to another throughout the day, and attendees will move to each location, listening to performances of original compositions integrated with architectural installations, each created specifically for that space (3:00 – 8:00 p.m.).

The series of events concludes at 8:00 p.m. with the renowned Line Upon Line percussion ensemble performing Iannis Xenakis's historical, thunderous, theatrical, and spatial piece "Persephassa," in the Goldsmith Hall Courtyard.

Thursday, October 20

Frank Clark, of the Georgia Institute of Technology, brings a full chorus of 30 to perform "Theater of the Imagination," an original work inspired by the theoretical writings of renowned engineer and architect Cecil Balmond (6:00 p.m., Jessen Auditorium).

Composer/performer Ellen Fullman, from Berkeley, California, performs her newest musical work on the 100+ foot long string instrument in the historic 1911 Battle Hall library, which also celebrates its centennial anniversary this fall (8:30 p.m., Architecture and Planning Library).

Friday, October 21

Sheryl Jordan [M.Arch. '06] and Liam Singer, from Brooklyn, New York, will perform "Bridge Harp: Mirror City," an original composition for the Brooklyn Bridge Harp (4:00 p.m., Goldsmith Hall Mebane Gallery).

The symposium events will culminate in the world premiere of an installation/performance in three movements composed by Paul Dresher and designed by architects Michael Rotondi and Michael Benedikt at the Bass Concert Hall (performances at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.—limited tickets available). The composition was made possible by a commission from the Butler School of Music.

Events are free and open to the public, except for the Friday, October 21, Rotondi/Dresher performance at Bass Concert Hall. For information on Bass ticket sales, please visit: texasperformingarts.org/events.

For more information on the "Music in Architecture – Architecture in Music" symposium, please visit the CAAD web site or contact the center at caad@austin.utexas.edu or 512.471.9890.

LECTURE

Wednesday, October 26
Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120
5:00 p.m.

Byron Kuth + Elizabeth Ranieri
Founding Principals
Kuth/Ranieri Architects
San Francisco, California

EXHIBIT

October 26 – November 23
Mebane Gallery, Goldsmith Hall

"Kuth/Ranieri"

LECTURE

Wednesday, November 2
Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120
5:00 p.m.

Larry Sass
Associate Professor, M.I.T Department of Architecture
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Dr. Larry Sass conducts research in the area of rapid prototyping and its relationship to building construction. His current research projects focus on design fabrication using computer modeling and prototyping to be used as representational tools in the design process vs. paper drawings.

View an article on his work at the Museum of Modern Art.

LECTURE

Monday, November 7
Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120
5:00 p.m.

Susanne Gampfer
Lecturer, Munich Technical University
Munich, Germany

LECTURE

Wednesday, November 9
Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120
5:00 p.m.

Anooradha Siddiqi

BATTLE HALL CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

Battle Hall perspective rendering [1910], courtesy of the New-York Historical Society.

Friday, November 11
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Lecture by Larry Speck, W. L. Moody, Jr. Centennial Professor in Architecture, in Jessen Auditorium, Homer Rainey Hall, at 5:00 p.m.

A reception will follow Professor Speck's lecture in the Architecture and Planning Library in Battle Hall.

R.s.v.p. to Eva McQuade by November 1 at emcquade@austin.utexas.edu or 512.495.4363.

Exhibit: "Our Landmark Library: Battle Hall at 100"

Related: View Bud Franck's [B.Arch. '10] musings on Battle Hall in the October 2011 edition of Tribeza mazazine.

LECTURE

Wednesday, November 16
Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120
5:00 p.m.

Laura Briggs + Jonathan Knowles
BriggsKnowles Architecture + Design
New York, New York

BriggsKnowles Architecture + Design is a New York based practice recognized for its use of light, color, and ecological strategies. The firm works to create projects that are responsive to their location, the desires of the client, and budgetary constraints. Their design process is unique for every project stemming from the possibilities provoked by particulars of each situation.

EXHIBIT

December 15 – 22
Mebane Gallery, Goldsmith Hall

"Student Design Excellence"

Featuring work from the winners of the fall 2011 School of Architecture Student Design Excellence Awards.

CENTER LUNCH FORUM SERIES

Roughly every other Friday during the fall and spring semesters, The Center for American Architecture and Design hosts a Friday Lunch Forum Series. The aim of the series is for faculty and students to meet in an informal atmosphere to debate topics and to share ideas about history, practice, theory, and new directions for architecture.

All Center Lunch Forums take place at 12:00 noon (CST) in Battle Hall, Room 101, and via LIVE WEBCAST.

Visit the Center website for updates and to access the live webcast. Remaining forums on the fall 2011 schedule include:


  • October 14, Assistant Professor Francisco Gomes, "Building Energy: A Critique"
  • October 28, Sydney Mainster, Curator, University Co-op Materials Resource Center
  • November 11, Associate Professor Michael Benedikt and Associate Dean Michael Oden, "Qualitative Growth"
  • December 2, Associate Professor Mirka Beneš, "Emotion and the Landscape in Early Modernity: Transience in Rome and in Claude Lorrain"

CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FILM SERIES

The Center for Sustainable Development is sponsoring a series of sustainability-related movies, documentaries, and short films. Screenings will be held every other Thursday evening in Goldsmith Lecture Hall, Room 3.120, at 7:00 p.m. They will be followed by a brief discussion of the themes and ideas presented in the film.

Remaining films on the fall 2011 schedule include (check website to confirm):

EXHIBIT

Malmö Eastern Cemetery, Malmö, Sweden; designed by Sigurd Lewerentz, 1939-1943. Photograph by Wilfried Wang.

September 1, 2011 – January 6, 2012
Visual Resources Collection
Sutton Hall 3.128 (Monday-Friday, 8:00-5:00)

"Illuminating Atmosphere and Materiality: Photographs by Wilfried Wang"

For over twenty years, Wilfried Wang, O'Neil Ford Centennial Chair in Architecture, took thousands of slides with the robust single lens reflex camera (Leica SL2, either with the Zeiss Biogon 21mm wide angle lens or with the Vario-Elmar 14-50mm lens). During the last few years, Professor Wang has been systematically donating his collection to the school's Visual Resources Collection (VRC). The VRC has, in turn, been digitizing and cataloging the slides, so that digital versions are available to UTSOA faculty and students to support teaching and research. The images on display in this exhibit include general and detailed views that capture the atmosphere and materiality of the built environment.

The VRC has partnered with ARTstor, a licensed image resource that includes over one million images supporting study in the humanities and social sciences, to make accessible Professor Wang's images of modern European and American architecture, with a special focus on museum architecture.

Additional images that are part of this exhibit are on display through August 10, 2012, in Battle Hall.

The university community can access the VRC's image collection online and Professor Wang's collection on ARTstor.

BEYOND LEED: REGENERATIVE DESIGN SYMPOSIUM

Friday, January 27 – Saturday, January 28
The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture

Over the past two decades, the reality of climate change has precipitated a watershed in public decision-making. How shall we judge architecture in the future? This question has catalyzed a number of competing proposals including LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) developed by the U.S. Green Building Council; Green Globes; BREEAM; The Green Mark; Energy Smart; EEWH; and various Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tools. These rating tools measure different variables and, thus, create competing standards for what it means to be sustainable. None of these tools, with the exception of LEED for Neighborhood Development, attempt to measure the difficult question of social equity as a dimension of sustainability, and none attempt to measure the equally difficult question of beauty. Additionally, very few of these standards are performance-based, and even fewer consider the built environment's impacts on public health. The public and the design professions are left with a highly contested realm of architectural judgment.

In many countries and regions, emerging "green" standards have received widespread acceptance by local building cultures. In the United States, LEED has demonstrated its ability to evolve and adapt to changing environmental and social conditions and create a market for green building. With this solid foundation and growing public attention to the challenges posed by climate change, the building community is now well positioned to stretch beyond the boundaries of the existing checklist of "best practices" to consider what future codes of judgment might look like. The "Beyond LEED" Symposium will focus on the themes, issues, and design approaches to sustainability not yet captured by LEED and other existing rating systems.

During the two-day symposium, nationally and internationally known designers, advocates, and scholars will present their visions of sustainable design and participate in dialogue about the next generation of green building strategies, standards, certification, and performance evaluation.

Invited speakers include:


  • Scott Horst (USBC), representing the USGBC and LEED
  • Bill Browning (Terrapin), representing sustainable design industry
  • Bob Berkebile (BNIM), representing high performance building systems
  • Wilfried Wang (The University of Texas at Austin), representing aesthetic codes
  • Majora Carter (MCG), representing social and environmental justice
  • Jelena Srebric (Pennsylvania State University), representing indoor air quality and health
  • Reid Ewing (University of Utah), representing healthy community design and urban planning
  • Raymond Cole (University of British Columbia), representing Life Cycle Analysis and performance-based codes

The panelists will be moderated by Mike Conroy, internationally recognized expert in certification and standard development and author of Branded!.

Symposium sponsors include The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin Center for Sustainable Development, the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Landscape Architects, AECOM, Lake | Flato Architects, and the United States Green Building Council.



Lecture and exhibitions generously funded by: Brightman/York Endowed Lecture Series in Interior Design, Edwin W. and Alyce O. Carroll Centennial Lectureship in Architecture, Bluford Walter Crain Centennial Endowed Lectureship, Gensler Exhibitions Endowment, Herbert M. Greene Centennial Lectureship in Architecture, Wolf and Janet Jessen Centennial Lectureship in Architecture, Karl Kamrath Lectureship in Architecture, Jane Marie Tacquard Patillo Centennial Lectureship, Edwin A. Schneider Centennial Lectureship in Architecture, School of Architecture Exhibitions Fund, and Wilsonart Endowed Lecture Series in Interior Design.

CONTACTS

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