Constructing Architectural Ecologies Symposium

September 13–14
Nave Alcove, San Francisco Campus

Thursday, September 13, 2018, 6 p.m. – Friday, September 14, 2018, 2 p.m.

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Constructing Architectural Ecologies convenes designers, makers, researchers, and thinkers to explore architecture’s capacity for expanded ecological agency. The symposium will discuss how architects can engage with extra-disciplinary collaborators like scientists and manufacturers to forge new ways of addressing significant ecological challenges, especially with regard to the material logics by which buildings are produced. The event, planned as part of the Global Climate Action Summit (September 12-14 in San Francisco), is organized by the Architectural Ecologies Lab at California College of the Arts, and will take place at CCA’s campus in San Francisco’s Design District. The symposium will open on the evening of Thursday, September 13 with a keynote by Dr. Adrian Parr of the University of Texas at Arlington, followed the next morning by a series of panel presentations exploring the relationship between architectural technology and nature.

Thursday, September 13

6 p.m. 
Keynote: "Urban Clearcutting"
Dr. Adrian Parr, UT Arlington
Reception to follow.

Friday, September 14

8:45 a.m.
Coffee

9 a.m.
Introductions
Adam Marcus, Margaret Ikeda, Evan Jones, CCA Architectural Ecologies Lab

9:15 a.m. 
Panel: Technology in Nature
Sara Dean, California College of the Arts
Richard Hindle, University of California, Berkeley
Nicole Seymour, Ph.D., California State University, Fullerton
Moderated by Irene Cheng, California College of the Arts

11 a.m
Panel: Nature in Technology
Albert Narath, University of California, Santa Cruz
Virginia San Fratello, Emerging Objects / San Jose State University
Gena Wirth, SCAPE
Moderated by Janette Kim, California College of the Arts

12:30 p.m.
Closing Conversation

About the Architectural Ecologies Lab

The Architectural Ecologies Lab at California College of the Arts serves as a platform for collaborative research between designers, scientists, and manufacturers. Operating at the intersection of architecture, fabrication, and ecology, the lab merges spatial practice with innovative techniques of material production and rigorous ecological research. The lab’s work leverages interdisciplinary expertise and meaningful collaborations with science and industry to develop compelling architectural strategies to address ecological challenges like sea level rise, habitat restoration, and climate change. Central to the lab’s work is a commitment to experimental fabrication processes, full-scale prototyping, and proof-of-concept tests that extend design ideas beyond the academic studio and into the real world.

About the Global Climate Action Summit

The 2018 Global Climate Action Summit will bring people together from around the world to showcase climate action and inspire deeper commitments from national governments, and one another, in support of the Paris Agreement. It will be a moment to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens with respect to climate action. It will also be a launchpad for deeper worldwide commitments and accelerated action from countries—supported by all sectors of society—that can put the globe on track to prevent dangerous climate change and realize the historic Paris Agreement.