Pecha Kucha Night | MC Rick Knobe of "The Talk of Sioux Falls"
Friday, May 4 | Networking 6:00 pm | Lecture 7:00 pm
Icon Lounge | 402 N. Main Ave.
Pecha Kucha Night was devised in Tokyo as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. The Sioux Falls Design Center hosts PKN at Icon Lounge where 10-15 thinkers and innovators present their ideas using 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each. PKN is devised and shared by Klein Dytham architecture.
Tom Fisher | Designing Resilient Communities
Thursday, April 19 | Networking 6:30 pm | Lecture 7:00 pm
Museum of Visual Materials
Check out Fisher's recent article in Metropolis Magazine, Architecture for the Other 99%
As communities across the country face having to do more with less, while dealing with economic dislocations and climate-related disruptions, their resilience has become ever more important. Thomas Fisher, Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota, will talk about how we can create more resilient communities, based on his forthcoming book, Designing to Avoid Disaster, The Nature of Fracture-Critical Design (Routledge, 2012).
4 Learning Objectives:
- Learn how to asses the resiliency of a community and to account for its various forms of capital.
- Identify the "fracture-critical" components of a place and how close they are to a tipping point.
- Hear how some communities have begun to build resiliency into their infrastructure and processes.
- Find out how you can avoid creating structures and systems vulnerable to sudden collapse.
About Tom Fisher:
Tom Fisher is Professor of Architecture and Dean of the College of Design at University of Minnesota. Having degrees in architecture and intellectual history, Tom is a prolific writer with 6 books and hundreds of articles on architecture and architectural ideas. He was the Editorial Director of the popular Progressive Architecture Magazine and frequently lectures and serves as jury for professional societies. While Dean of the College of Design, he has led the program into one of the nation’s top comprehensive design schools. He is currently focusing on purpose-driven philanthropy working with Habitat for Humanity on various projects. The architecture students recently finished design for a Habitat Zero Energy Home.
Dan Etheridge | Urban Research and Outreach
Thursday, February 16 | Networking 6:30 pm | Lecture 7:00 pm
Artisan House Galleries
Dan Etheridge, Associate Director and founding member of the Tulane City Center, will discuss the work of the Tulane City Center from its founding shortly after Hurricane Katrina up until the present. In this time, the TCC has completed in excess of 75 individual schematic design or design/build projects, each with a New Orleans based community partner. The TCC seeks to provide design and planning services to community based organizations and neighborhood groups who have no other access to these professional services. Our model draws on the skills and enthusiasm of the faculty and student body at Tulane School of Architecture and seeks to bring immediate benefits to our community partners and to support the applied research and education agendas of the school. Our work has ranged in scale from small urban furniture through to master plans for community health centers and skateboard parks, and in program diversity from single family housing, to the design and construction of urban agriculture facilities and much more.
4 Learning Objectives:
- Developing a project management model for pro bono design partnerships.
- Project acquisition for community design centers.
- Working with clients that lack much or any development experience.
- How to fund pro bono or reduced fee community design work.
Stacey McMahan | Adventures in Haiti
Thursday, January 19 | Networking 6:30 pm | Lecture 7:00 pm
Zandbroz Variety (209 S. Phillips Ave.)
During the Summer of 2010, Stacey began a year-long fellowship with Architecture for Humanity working in Haiti rebuilding schools destroyed by the earthquake earlier that year. The largest school campus at Bon Berger Pele (Good Shepherd in Pele) will accommodate 1,100 kindergarten through high school students in one of the roughest slums in the world called Cite de Soliel. Her presentation will describe this work along with other projects and adventures. She returned home in August 2011.
Stacey is a Principal and Shareholder at Koch Hazard Architects in Sioux Falls where she has worked for 14 years. She is their Green Studio Director leading the firm’s efforts to greenify South Dakota’s building stock. She has helped the State initiate energy conservation legislation and is currently on the task force for the Sioux Falls Sustainability Masterplan. She is co-creator and active in planning the Plain Green Conference each year.
Stacey has also helped start or build a number of non-profit organizations, including: USGBC South Dakota; Chartreuse Bright Green Research, the Sioux Falls Green Project, and Architecture for Humanity chapter in Sioux Falls. She is currently serving on the Professional Advisory Board for the new Department of Architecture at South Dakota State University, and is a board member of other organizations in Sioux Falls.
Stacey attended Kansas State University, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. She lives with her husband Greg in the traditional ‘north end’ of Sioux Falls near the cathedral, their first home purchased nearly 20 years ago. Her two sons are artistic, one nearly finished with his BFA and the other working as a chef in one of the best restaurants in downtown Sioux Falls.
She enjoys the challenge of walking in all kinds of South Dakota weather, gardening, drinking wine and making functional artwork from reused materials.
4 Learning Objectives:
- Review Architecture for Humanity's work in Haiti
- Understand challenges and ethical issues working in a post-disaster context
- Explore the culture of poverty architecture
- Learn about community engagement and its effect on architecture of place