Lecture Series - University of Houston
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About Matter Matter(s)

Since the nascent origins of the universe, matter/energy has comprised the essential building blocks of existences that ranges from galaxies to atoms. Humanity and its productions are inseparable from this stream, and all will eventually return to its shared origins in cosmic dust. For design disciplines, matter offers a point of shared convergence - from its enablement of creative and productive forces, to its inherent transcalar ecologies, social impacts, and environmental values. The way designers produce buildings, products and designs can work in harmony with the material world or can harm it for future generations in a reality of increasing scarcities. This program series posits what truly matters, across design disciplines and scales via the social, cultural, historical, and environmental realms, and how designers can create work that is in concert with the consonance of the shared universe.