Good article on Olympic Fringe plan.
everyone should attend this. John Thackara is very interesting.
The next in the series of Sustain Talks will take place in Lecture Theatre 1 on 7 December at 6.30pm at the Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU.
Moving people’s minds to embrace a more sustainable way of life requires a careful combination of inspirational story telling and practical problem solving. Our speakers are experts in helping individuals and organisations see a wealth of positive opportunities for a new future world. John Thackara (Doors of Perception), Alison Tickell (Julie’s Bicycle) and Howard Jones (Eden Project) tell their stories of their varied activities and their engagement with the creative world.
John Thackara, writer and critic
Howard Jones, Eden Project
Alison Tickell, Julie’s Bicycle
Sustain Talks is a series of debates with leading thinkers and doers from across the art and design disciplines. The aim of the lectures is to inspire and challenge students to embrace and address sustainability in their work, providing a forum for honest discussions about the complexities and opportunities of sustainable practice in art and design. Each Sustain Talk is opened by a recent graduate speaker whose work has a strong sustainability theme, giving a boost to our students and their ideas.
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Clare Brass | Academic Advisor, SustainRCA | Royal College of Art
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU
6 December 2011
Ricky Burdett Joseph Rykwert
2 February 2012
Charles Jencks Patrik Schumacher
21 February 2012
Frédéric Migayrou Anthony Vidler
19 March 2012
Peter Buchanan Michael Sorkin
26 April 2012
Sir Peter Cook Carlo Ratti
The RCA 2011/12 Architectural Lecture Series, Future Frontiers, focuses on five critical themes that will shape the production of architecture and urbanism over the coming century. Each evening two high-profile speakers will share their cutting-edge research, followed by a discussion with the audience.
All lectures start at 7pm in Lecture Theatre One at the Royal College of Art, Jay Mews, South Kensington, SW7. Tickets are free. To reserve your place, email boris.cesnik@ rca.ac.uk or call 020 7590 4567. Hosted with The Architectural Review
Royal College of Art Sculpture School Howie Street, London 25th November 2011: 1200-1700
Design Ecologies: the ill-defined niche
The ill defined niche begins with the provisional premise that our environment is composed of a multiplicity of ill-defined ecological niches, each of which is a potential home for living and non-living forms. Through an understanding that objects cannot be fully explained in terms of their material constituents and the energy within them, objects seems to be something over and above the material components that make it up, but at the same time it can be expressed only through the organization of matter and energy. This paradox allows burgeoning design practices to go beyond shaping geometry, to shaping the internal structure of material. But in that case, what is the connection between the empirical ground, the contingent material support of human thinking, and the abstract ‘designer’ that is the condition for a ‘whole’ of thought?
Humans have become the dominant driver of almost all natural processes in the biosphere. Anthropogenic changes are leading to a reshuffling of species assemblies from local to global spatial scales and, additionally, novel organisms created in laboratories enter ecosystems. It is expected that these changes are leading to new behaviours of ecological systems and ‘ecological novelty’ is becoming widely acknowledged.
Accompanying the symposium is the launch of the peer-reviewed journal Design Ecologies 1.2, published with intellect books, which is to ascertain the consequence of fitting a design project with our environment. The overall aim of this research is to profoundly re-define and re-shape thinking in design.
To subscribe to the peer-reviewed Design Ecologies Journal, please go to the following link: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=197/
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Dr. SHAUN MURRAY (Architect) Eniatype: http://www.eniatype.com/
1245 Ecological Design Visions
Visionary thinking on methodologies of communicating an architecture along with new models and ecological contribution.
NIC CLEAR, (Architect) University of Greenwich: http://blogs.gre.ac.uk/architecture/
1400 Notational Design Visions
Notational systems used as a communication tool have made the composition of design an activity like the composition of fiction: the activity of communication.
Dr. KARIN SONDERGAARD (Performance) School of Architecture, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark
Dr. KYELL YNGVE PETERSEN (Performance) IT Copenhagen
1445 Instructional Design Visions
There are many kinds of relationships between participant and environment within context, design and communication. An extremely important one is who communicates with whom and who instructs whom.
DONALD SMITH (Artist/ Curator) CHELSEA space: http://www.chelseaspace.org/
1530 Aesthetical Design Visions
Aesthetic experience is one of the most common ways to value our environment. Whether it is having a walk in the park, cycling through a country lane, or just sitting in your garden, we can appreciate the aesthetic qualities. We could go on to say that we should be developing environmental sensitivity through aesthetic experience.
Dr CHRIS SPEED (Digital Architecture) University of Edinburgh http://fields.eca.ac.uk/
NORBERT SCHOERNER (Photographer/ Filmmaker) http://www.dayfornight.tv/schoerner/
(Live Stream from Pinewood Studios, UK) TBC
Through original design exploration, this symposium proffers a critical vision towards the built environment. These conceptions challenge the everyday thinking in design by offering a transdisciplinary framework for design production.
1700 Journal launch and drinks
Design Ecologies 1.2 the unprimed canvas
Timothy Morton: http://ecologywithoutnature.blogspot.com/
Yorgos Loizos: http://cargocollective.com/yorgosloizos
Benedict Singleton: http://www.benedictsingleton.com/
Kjell Ynvge Petersen
Claudia Westermann: http://www.litra-design.com/
Mathew Emmett: http://www.mathewemmett.com/
Erik Swyngedouw has been involved in some of the most interesting work in thinking about cities as sites of political struggle over the control and management of resources. Here are two useful essays that introduce different aspects of his work. For more on this, I recommend the book ‘In the Nature of Cities: Urban Political Ecology and the Politics of Urban Metabolism’, edited by Nikolas C. Heynen, Maria Kaika, Erik Swyngedouw
This short piece from Neil Leach is a good summary of one conception of New Materialism – although I don’t necessarily agree with all of it. Notably, he suggests that New Materialism goes beyond what Karl Marx and Frederich Engels were proposing with dialectical materialism, but actually it seems very much in line with their work.