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TuSA Symposium: Architecture’s Ecological Restructuring, Part 2

April 6 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Architecture’s Ecological Restructuring: Part II

Saturday, April 6, 2024
1:00-6:00 pm CST
Freeman Auditorium at the Woldenberg Art Center,
Tulane University, New Orleans LA

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Architecture’s Ecological Restructuring: Part II, a workshop-style symposium at Tulane School of
Architecture, follows up on the inaugural session from 2023.

Rebecca Choi, Tulane School of Architecture
Debbie Chen, Rhode Island School of Design
Liz Gálvez, Berkeley College of Environmental Design
Mae-ling Lokko, Yale School of Architecture
Antoine Picon, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Meredith TenHoor, Pratt Institute School of Architecture

Convened and moderated by Zaid Kashef Alghata, Favrot Visiting Professor, Tulane School of

Environmental degradation has transformed the very idea of nature. Nature as it was once known,
untouched, undomesticated, unclimbed, or unconquered, no longer exists. As the discourse undergoes
an excavation that reveals its destructive socio-environmental impact, demands for a just approach to
people and the planet have become a primary matter. This workshop invites six distinctive voices to
speculate on the ongoing ecological restructuring of the discipline.

The evolution of “ecological thinking” requires the definition of a set of values that scrutinize, preserve,
enhance, or restore the macro and micro interrelationships between living organisms and their physical
world. Architects have been conventionally trained to think on the level of individual buildings, which
has constrained their contribution to resolving global crises. To amend this limitation, architecture’s
agency must expand beyond the building footprint to include infrastructure and non-civic structures,
especially those typically designed by non-architects. The increased importance given to technical
solutions instead of reshaping political, economic, and cultural forces that form the built environment is
at stake in the existing paradigm shift.

Participants will present an object of study to speculate on its future impact on an ecologically centered
discourse. What is architecture’s take on infrastructure and non-civic structures? What social demands
and inequalities do they generate? How can architects better engage with nature? How can disciplinary
expertise serve architecture and its allied fields? This workshop draws from these questions to challenge
traditional frameworks and build new forms of thinking.

Sponsored by the Tulane School of Architecture and Charles A. Favrot, H. Mortimer Favrot Chair in


April 6
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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