Where are the Utopian Visionaries? Architecture of Social Exchange

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Bayard Ewing Building (BEB), 106 231 South Main Street, Providence, RI

Where are the Utopian Visionaries? Architecture of Social ExchangePlease join us for the Where are the Utopian Visionaries? Architecture of Social Exchange exhibition reception and panel discussion. This exhibition, drawing content from a recent publication entitled Where are the Utopian Visionaries? Architecture of Social Exchange edited by Hansy Better Barraza, aims to showcase the work of contemporary architects, designers, and thinkers who continue to address one of the most poignant questions of our time: what is the role of social and community building in the practice of architecture? Through a mapping of the locations of these revolutionary projects and writings, the exhibition physically displays the vast array of professionals who are dedicated to establishing equity and strengthening social ecologies worldwide. The display utilizes a flexible grid of tiled imagery and words, accompanied by a series of interactive podiums supporting photographs and reading material.

Milton S.F. Curry is a contributor and panelist. Arch. He is Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Founding coeditor/publisher of Appendx Journal from 1992 to 2003 and editor-in-chief of CriticalProductive Journal, Curry has published seminal essays on the redevelopment of American public housing and new urbanism. He has lectured widely on issues ranging from the intersection of architecture and politics to new concepts of social and collective space.
David Gersten is a contributor and panelist. David is a Professor in the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Gersten has been a visiting professor and guest critic at universities throughout Europe and the Americas. The Canadian Center for Architecture, among other public and private collections, has acquired his widely exhibited drawings and constructions. His work has also appeared in many publications, including RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics. Hunting Life: A Forever House is a museum edition of his drawings and stories.

Gloria Kury is the publisher and director of Gutenberg Periscope Publishing, Ltd., an independent press for art and architecture founded in 2007. She has a PhD in art history from Yale and has taught art history at the School of Visual Arts, New York University, Vassar College, and Yale University. She has also served as the director of the Yale Summer School of Music and Art in Norfolk, Connecticut.
Hansy Better Barraza is the editor of the book and will moderate the discussion. She is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design and a practicing architect in Boston. She serves on the Board of Directors as Secretary for the Boston Society of Architects and is on the editorial board for the Critical Productive Journal examining the intersection of architecture, culture and theory. Studio Luz Architects, the firm she cofounded with Anthony Piermarini, has been featured in national and international exhibits and publications. In 2011 she cofounded BR-A-CE: Building Research–Architecture–Community Exchange, a non-profit corporation dedicated to creating new community spaces.

Kyna Leski is providing us with introductory comments and will join us on the discussion. Kyna Leski is a Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. Professor Leski was the author of the first semester core architecture design curriculum, given for sixteen years and to over 1500 students. A book on this pedagogy, The Making of Design Principles, was published in 2007. The primary focus of her teaching research is the creative process and its workings across a broad spectrum of disciplines. Currently, she is writing a book that focuses on the design mind. Kyna Leski is a principal of 3SIXØ Architecture in Providence, Rhode Island since its founding in 1997

Sponsored by the Rhode Island School of Design Professional Development Fund

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