Giovanni (Aldo Luigi) Allegretti is an Architect, planner and senior researcher at the Centre of Social Studies of Coimbra University, Portugal, he coordinates the PhD “Democracy in the XXI Century” and is Visiting fellow at the Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg. For the mandate 2014-2019 he is co-chair of the Independent Authority for the Promotion of Participation in Tuscany (Italy).
He coordinates the international Project “EMPATIA: Enabling Multichannel Participation Through ICT Adaptations” and a unit of “Comunix”, on rural commons. As a consultant for the ideation and management of participatory processes, he works as a consultant of the World Bank, the Council of Europe, United Cities and Local Governments and the Swedish Association of local Authorities.
April 10, 2017
Mark (FASLA, President, Civitas) is a leading designer and thought leader who has spearheaded Civitas’ most challenging projects. His graduate thesis, chaired by Moshe Safdie, focused specifically on how urban form responds to dramatic cultural, economic and environmental change, establishing Mark’s commitment to adaptable + resilient urbanism fully 30 years ahead of today’s focus on these issues.
March 13, 2017
Bess Krietemeyer is an architectural designer and researcher whose expertise lies at the intersection of advanced building technologies, interactive systems, and building performance simulation. She leads the Interactive Design and Visualization Lab at the Syracuse Center of Excellence, where her research focuses on hybrid-reality simulations for interactive design and energy analysis.
Feb. 27, 2017
Marianne E Krasny is professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Director of the Civic Ecology Lab at Cornell University. She is a Public Voices Fellow and an International Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry. Community gardening, park and cemetery friends groups, citizen cleanups, urban tree planting, and mangrove restoration are all civic ecology practices. What motivates people to be involved and what are the larger governance, resilience, and management implications of these small-scale, community-based stewardship efforts?
Feb. 13, 2017
Bob Harris, FAIA, established expertise in combining award winning design and sustainable practices in buildings that respect nature, enhance place, and exhibit the craft of construction. He has more than 20 years of experience with a focus on environmental issues ranging from land preservation advocacy to sustainable urban design. As Lake Flato’s Partner-in-Charge of sustainability, he oversees innovative design strategies for the firm. Bob is an innovator who pushes sustainability in new directions, finding beauty in sustainable solutions.
Nov. 14, 2016
Michael Boucher is a landscape architect from Maine whose firm collaborates with acclaimed modern architects on a wide range of project types across North America and elsewhere. The firm focuses on space-making and striveto create purposeful, enduring designs. Michael Boucher Landscape Architecture (MBLA)’s designs explore the interplay between buildings, site structures and nature, with a focus on space-making and movement through the landscape. They take clues from nature — the land, vegetation and climate — but do not attempt to replicate nature'spatterns. Instead, MBLA mergesarchitectural intentions and site dynamics asthey help site buildings the land around them.
Nov. 7, 2016
The Neighborhood Design/Build Studio is an award-winning program in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington where students design and build small community projects for Seattle area non-profit groups. Badanes will give an overview of his 40+ years of work with the Jersey Devil Design/Build group, a group of architects, artists, and inventors committed to the interdependence of design and construction. The work is characterized by its energy efficiency, innovative use of materials, and by a high level of craft and detail.
Sept. 12, 2016
Robert McCarter presents an examination of 14 unrealized designs by Louis I. Kahn (1901-1974), which together constitute one of the most significant contributions to 20th-century architecture by a single architect. It is essential to the intellectual and cultural sustainability of our disciplinary history to study and learn from the theoretical insights, generative potential, and critical importance in the architect’s development as a designer that are embedded in these transformative but unrealized works.