Susan Buck-Morris, in her book “Dreamworld and Catastrophe: The Passing of Mass Utopia in East and West,” observed that the end of the Cold War was marked by the passing of the dream-forms of modernity — capitalist, socialist and fascist — as sustained through the experience of the built environment. If, following Walter Benjamin, we understand the awakening from the dreamworld to be premised on the conscious realization of its utopian fantasies, then what hope remained now, she asked, in the absence of any dreamworld? Douglas Spencer takes up this question through an analysis of the seemingly indifferent and post-spectacular spaces of contemporary architecture and urban space, offering, in response, an analysis that explores both its historical and its phenomenological implications.
Spencer is a lecturer in landscape urbanism and history and critical thinking at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. He also serves as a PhD supervisor at the Architectural Association, University of East London and the Royal College of Art. He is the co-author of “Critical Territories: From Academia to Praxis” (ListLab, 2014) and author of “The Architecture of Neoliberalism: How Architecture Became an Instrument of Control and Compliance (Bloomsbury, 2015).
Part of the ISU Department of Architecture 2017-18 Public Programs Series, “For Other Architectures.”
The 9th Annual Biorenewables Art Competition, sponsored by the ISU Bioeconomy Institute, is open to all ISU students enrolled in College of Design programs. You may partner or collaborate with any other Iowa State student if you wish and enter up to two works that reflect economic, environmental and/or social sustainability to advance the development of biorenewable resources for the production of fuels, energy, materials and chemicals. Submissions are due March 23. Attend this Q&A with PhD students Apra Ghosh (chemical engineering) and Jake Lindstrom (mechanical engineering) to learn more about the competition and various sustainability issues and biorenewable materials.
Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness, assistant professor of industrial design, will demonstrate the essentials of Sketchnoting, a pattern-based notetaking strategy that actively engages learners. Participants will learn the basics of Sketchnoting, start building their own simple image libraries and discuss ways to implement low-fidelity visual maps of what they see, hear and think. No artistic talent is required. You will leave this session with concrete ways to break linear-thinking barriers for yourself and students.
This is a three-part series that meets from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and Feb. 9. Participants should be faculty, staff and graduate teaching assistants. Register online through Learn@ISU. See instructions.
Learn about the Iowa Arts Council and grant funding available to Iowa artists, nonprofits and communities. IAC Grant Services & Artist Programs Manager Veronica O’Hern will discuss available grants programs, provide insight into how to apply and share the characteristics that differentiate a strong grant proposal from a weak one. This is a brown-bag session; cookies will be provided.
Attendees are welcome to bring ideas to share and discuss with O’Hern in 15-minute one-on-one sessions scheduled between 1:15 and 3:30 p.m. Hosted by the College of Design, the event is free and open to the public but an RSVP is appreciated. RSVP online. Sign up for a one-on-one session. Contact Sandra Norvell with questions.
The Design Council will host an ice cream social from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, in 116 Design. College of Design students can stop by to provide input on everything from technology in the classroom to geopolitical events. Enjoy free ice cream and chat!
Public reception for Amalgamation, an exhibition of artwork by Chris Martin, ISU professor of art and visual culture, in conjunction with the reception for the 50th Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood National All-Media Exhibition, both at the Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames.
Opening reception for “Fractured Vistas and Mechanical Typographies: Jody Boyer and Russ Nordman.” A brief artist-led discussion will begin at 8 p.m.
Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, has won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color in the criminal justice system. Stevenson’s memoir, Just Mercy, is the story of a young lawyer fighting on the front lines against extreme punishments and careless justice. Since graduating from Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, he has assisted in securing relief for dozens of condemned prisoners and developed community-based reform litigation aimed at improving the administration of criminal justice.
Stevenson will also be speaking about EJI’s Lynching in America Project and the need to confront the history of racial terror in this country. The 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Series Keynote.