This year’s Spring Lecture Series theme is Empowerment, Access, Co-Creation, Ethics. At the core of many of our social challenges is an asymmetrical power dynamic. This series explores the role of power in design and what it looks like for designers to facilitate its redistribution. 29 March 2018: Access Speaker: Krista Nightengale, Better Block Foundation. Dallas, Texas. Better Block Foundation is a nonprofit that educates, equips, and empowers communities and their leaders to reshape and reactivate built environments to promote the growth of healthy and vibrant neighborhoods. The organization facilitates self-organizing neighborhood improvements by lowering the barrier to entry on fabrication through their open-source Wikiblock platform: A toolkit of designs for benches, chairs, planters, stages, bus stops, beer garden fences, and kiosks that can be downloaded for free and taken to a makerspace where a CNC router (a computer-aided machine) can cut them out of a sheet of plywood. Most products can then be assembled without glue or nails, and used instantly to make a block better. Sponsored by MICA Architectural Design Schedule 15 March 2018: Ethics
Dr. Thomas Seager, Arizona State University, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. Tempe, Arizona. 29 March 2018: Access
Krista Nightengale, Better Block Foundation. Dallas, Texas.
Sponsored by MICA Architectural Design 19 April 2018: Co-Creation
Jae Shin & Damon Rich, Hector Design. Newark, New Jersey.
Sponsored by Maryland ASLA 26 April 2018: Empowerment
James Mitchell, Orkidstudio. Nairobi, Kenya.
Reception sponsored by Gutierrez Studios