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Animals in Contemporary Architecture and Design

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Includes a wine & cheese networking reception.
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1.5 CES LUs

What are animals doing in design? How do designers see, care for, and use animals? This talk highlights an array of design projects featuring animals, including those developed as part of broad efforts to better integrate cities and nature, including animals. The projects reveal the distribution of attention that architects and designers delegate to certain animals, the standardization of certain animal designs, and which designs circulate in the design public sphere, revealing cultural blind spots and biases of designers. They also pinpoint some of the tricky ethical issues associated with speculative design practice, and with more practical design approaches to creating a lively, animal-friendly city.

About the Presenter:

Jennifer Wolch is William W. Wurster Dean and Professor of City & Regional Planning in the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley. Previously director of the Center for Sustainable Cities at the University of Southern California, she also served as Dean of Graduate Programs in the USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences. Her current research focuses on sustainable urbanism, access to parks and environmental justice, and animals in design and planning. Wolch has published over 135 scholarly articles and book chapters, and books including Landscapes of Despair: From Deinstitutionalization to Homelessness (1987); The Power of Geography: How Territory Shapes Social Life (1989); Shadow State: Government and Voluntary Sector in Transition (1990); Malign Neglect: Homelessness in an American City (1994); Animal Geographies: Place, Politics and Identity in the Nature-Culture Borderlands (1998); Up Against the Sprawl: Public Policy and the Making of Los Angeles (2004). Wolch is a recipient the Guggenheim Fellowship.