Performing Sustainability: Synthetic, Self Organizing, Eco-tectures

Friday, September 13, 2013

Time: 4:30pm
Location: Architecture and Urban Planning Building 170
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“Performing Sustainability: Synthetic, Self Organizing, Eco-tectures” presentation by Meredith Sattler, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Architecture, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.
This lecture is cosponsored with the Inner Harbor Initiative.
For more information about this speaker’s visit, contact Department of Architecture Chair James Wasley.

Bio: Meredith Sattler is an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Architecture at Louisiana State University, holds an Affiliate Faculty position at the University of Arizona, and is a LEED BD+C. She received her Masters of Architecture and Masters of Environmental Management degrees from Yale University, and her Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College. Trained as an architect, an environmentalist, and an artist, her current research and teaching interests include sustainable architectural systems in historical and current contexts; trans-disciplinary structure and practice between design, engineering, and ecological sciences; and the designer’s influence on natural environment-technology-human interactions. She has developed and taught undergraduate and graduate level courses addressing Climate Design, Environmental Con trol Systems, Sustainability Indicator Systems and Systems Approaches as they relate to environmental architecture studies and practices. Previously, Ms. Sattler worked for Buro Happold Consulting Engineers on trans-disciplinary projects in Abu-Dhabi, São Paulo, California and New York City.. She is the founder and lead designer of cambioform, a furniture and environmental design studio, and has exhibited and published nationally. Her awards include the 2013 ACSA Collaborative Practice Award, the Henry Luce Foundation Award in Restorative Environmental Design and the Ellen Battel Stoeckel Fellowship at the Norfolk Yale Summer School of Art.

Lecture summary: Branko Kolarevic has described Performative Architecture as not only an index, but a mediator of emerging cultural patterns. In reality, architectures perform much more intimately: in parasitic or mutualistic relationships with their occupants, hosts or partners. Throughout the history of architecture select projects have aggressively constructed symbiotic relationships between enclosure and species in order to generate more sustainable space-time continuums. These multi-functional eco-tectural systems, designed to manifest as ecosystem service provisioning synthetic, sustainable, self-organizing ecologies, engage a diverse range of design and operational strategies. While highly programmed in the design phase, their ultimate performance is completely entwined with the agendas and actions of the living beings within, who may or may not have participated in their design. As premiums are increasingly placed on sustainable performance, the anti is upped for architects, their inter-disciplinary design teams, and building occupants to not only set a productive stage, but also to perform quantitative and qualitative narratives of sustainability throughout the building life-cycle.