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Thursday, April 9 • 3:15pm - 4:40pm
TH3.15.10 Design, Activism and Research

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The colloquy is part of the special track on activism, organized by Kitty Kelly Epstein and Barbara Ferman, and inspired by their 2014 workshop in San Antonio. Within this track, the "Design, Activism and Research" colloquy focuses on investigating--both theoretically and via case study analysis--two key aspects in the context of urban affairs. One is illuminate an understanding of each of the terms: "design," "activism" and "research," while the second is to articulate different types of relationships between the three terms. The idea is to acknowledge, but also transcend conventional and limited notions of design, activism and research. The short presentations and discussions will be led by four scholars who have pursued these themes in their academic and activist pursuits. The scholars represent different disciplinary backgrounds [i.e. architecture, environmental psychology, landscape architecture, urbanism] as well as a range of geographical engagements [i.e. Rio de Janeiro, New York City, Seattle, Sao Paulo]. Each of the scholars will critically reflect upon theoretical framings of the terms as well upon the projects they are directly engaged in. Each presentation will end with 1 or 2 thoughtful questions to segue into the discussion portion of the colloquy. The audience will be divided into smaller groups around each set of questions in order to have a more focused and in-depth discussion. There are multiple goals for this colloquy: (a) for each presenter to critically reflect upon and articulate the ways in which design, activism and research overlap and intersect in their own work, (b) to generate a set of questions that reflect the contingent quality of this work and ongoing challenges, and (c) to partner with the audience to generate deeper insights and future strategies.

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Hillary Caldwell

City University of New York
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Jeffrey Hou

Professor and Chair, University of Washington
Jeffrey Hou is Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle. His work focuses on design activism, public space, cross-cultural placemaking, and engagement of marginalized social groups in planning and design. He is the editor of Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities (2010) and Transcultural Cities: Border-Crossing and Placemaking (2013), and most recently... Read More →
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Aseem Inam

Director, TRULAB: Laboratory for Designing Urban Transformation, The New School
Aseem Inam is Associate Professor of Urbanism at The New School in New York City and Fellow at the Center of Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of two peer-reviewed books, Planning for the Unplanned: Recovering from Crises in Megacities, and Designing Urban Transformation. He is also the author of several journal articles and book chapters on the institutional dynamics of... Read More →
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Marat Troina

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

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Aseem Inam

Director, TRULAB: Laboratory for Designing Urban Transformation, The New School
Aseem Inam is Associate Professor of Urbanism at The New School in New York City and Fellow at the Center of Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of two peer-reviewed books, Planning for the Unplanned: Recovering from Crises in Megacities, and Designing Urban Transformation. He is also the author of several journal articles and book chapters on the institutional dynamics of... Read More →

Thursday April 9, 2015 3:15pm - 4:40pm
Hibiscus (lobby level)