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About Matter Matter(s)


MATTER(S). Since the nascent origins of the universe, matter/energy has comprised the essential building blocks of existences that range from galaxies to atoms. Humanity and its productions are inseparable from this stream, and all will eventually return to their 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. Matter is creative. We want to bring to the front that Matter matters in all design disciplines and holistically expand towards multiple representations of the social, the cultural, and the historical. With the lecture series and events of MATTER(S), we want to acknowledge and focus what matters of matter.

September 21 - BROOKS + SCARPA
October 19 - ANDREW KUDLESS | Matsys
November 16 - BETSY BARNHART | School of Architecture and Design, Kansas University
January 25 - AMALE ANDRAOS | WORKac
February 8 - ANUPAMA KUNDOO | Anupama Kundoo Architects
February 22 - SALLY WALSH ROUNDTABLE | Eugene Aubry, Alan Bruton, Stephen Fox, Lois Farfel Stark
March 1 - ASSEMBLE | Assemble Studio
March 22 - OMER ARBEL | Omer Arbel Office
April 5 - RAJA SCHAAR | Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, Drexel University

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