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Historically, design disciplines have been attached to a specific range of scales, with the fields of industrial design, interior architecture, architecture, urbanism, and territorial design operating within their relative spectrums. However, the objects we design are not neutral assemblies of material forms. In every design decision, we mobilize energy, increase pressure, and transform the earth's system's morphology, affecting human and non-human life forms. Every design decision provokes ecological tensions, inequality, and disruptions that lead the planet to amplified natural catastrophes for which no one can quite be blamed. Design is trans-scalar. We just need to realize simple equations to take accountability and stand with the agency of our design decisions: Every aggregate produces a whole. Every solid material leaves behind its equivalent void somewhere else. How do we think and practice design ethically while acknowledging the objects we design are not innocent? To display the complex reality of design, we must disclose its trans-scalar nature. Objects of design are assemblages of many layers - the ecological, political, social, formal, material, technological, and environmental - all combined in ethical and aesthetic forms. When these layers come together in cohesive works, they disseminate knowledge by becoming paradigms. In this new era of ecological consciousness, design becomes an embassy, a cross-section of all these layers representing the myriads of scales in which every design decision operates from the molecular to the cosmic. The concept of trans-scalarity applies to the authors of the work in addition to the work itself. This theme embraces an inclusive range of identities across the categories of race, gender, and experience. In doing so, this series seeks also to bring, together recognized voices, emerging ones in order to provide a broad spectrum of viewpoints and experiences that represent the diversity of the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design.

This program posits the question of trans-scalar design via the social, cultural, historical, and environmental realms, and how designers respond to the responsibilities of the TRANS-SCALAR.


  • S-AR Translations: Locations and Materials

    SEPTEMBER 26: S-AR (William F. Stern Visiting Professorship Lecture)

    S-AR Translations: Locations and Materials

    S-AR presents and shares several works of their practice under the theme of the Hines College’s TRANS-SCALAR lecture series. The lecture includes S-AR’s recent completed and in progress works. Held in-person in the UH Architecture Building Theater.

  • Seçil Binboğa

    JANUARY 30: Seçil Binboğa

    Scaling the Region: Soil, Image, and the Politics of Infrastructural Design in Cold War Turkey

    The infrastructures of Cold War Turkey illustrated the emergence of a neocolonial design paradigm, which this talk will conceptualize as “scaling. Through a visual analysis of scaling practices, this talk ties together larger ideological stakes in the remaking of the Middle East as a geopolitical region. Held in-person in the UH Architecture Building Theater at 6:00 p.m.


  • FEBRUARY 6: Zelig Fok | Leah Wulfman | Joseph Algieri

    Zelig Fok, Leah Wulfman, and Joseph Algieri will present their work in relation to the themes of the Trans-Scalar Lecture Series and participate in a student-led panel discussion. Held in-person in the UH Architecture Building Theater at 6:00 p.m.
  • FEBRUARY 27: Design Earth

    Three Geostories

    How do we make sense of the Earth at a moment in which it is presented in crisis? In this talk, El Hadi Jazairy engages the speculative project—as expounded through drawings, models, and material artifacts—as one possible medium to reassemble publics around representations of the Earth. Held in-person in the UH Architecture Building Theater at 6:00 p.m.

  • Architecture Office

    MARCH 6: Architecture Office

    Images and Stuff (Lecture + Exhibition Opening)

    Recent work of Architecture Office under the theme of the Hines College’s TRANS-SCALAR lecture series. Held in-person in the UH Architecture Building Theater at 6:00 p.m.


    Mesocosms, Field Stations, and Other Medium Worlds

    HOME-OFFICE presents recent projects that explore the relationship between architecture, representation, and embodied environmental research. Held in-person in the UH Architecture Building Theater at 6:00 p.m.

  • APRIL 17: Cooking Sections

    Lecture Monday, April 17, at 12:00 pm, via Zoom in the Hines College Atrium.