Tue 29 May 2012

11:00 - 14:30

Community Micro-systems Design Charette and Workshop - Architecture Workshop

Toshiko Mori, architect and professor, hosts a workshop for students interrested in architecture and design.

In the 21st century, cities everywhere are increasingly tasked with developing innovative, robust, and resilient tools to confront systemic challenges arising from environmental, social and economic crisis. From social networks to small businesses, community services to open space, ‘soft’ systems- those that connect people to people and people to the resources- will represent a crucial “inventory” of resources to buffer against such unanticipated risks and challenges.

The Community Micro-systems Design Charette and Workshop: Helsinki will ask students from a mix of perspectives- from architecture, sustainability and urban design- to study the city of Helsinki and identify where local examples of civic practice and community strategies exist today. These systems might be small businesses networks, open space programming, or social networks and events that organize individuals, neighborhoods, and communities. Our goal will be to understand these systems as an infrastructure of bottom-up resources today and project how they might suggest new design and leadership models for confronting systemic challenges in the future.

Toshiko Mori

Toshiko Mori is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She is principal of Toshiko Mori Architect, and founder of VisionArc, a think tank promoting global dialogue for a sustainable future. Her firm’s recent work includes performance spaces for the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and for ART/New York, as well as the School of Environmental Science for Brown University, a Master Plan for NYU, and the Headquarters for the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research in Cambridge. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Design and is a board member of Architecture for Humanity.

Landon Brown

Landon Brown is the Director of VisionArc, a think tank founded by Toshiko Mori in 2009 with the aim of promoting global dialogue for a sustainable future. He holds a Master in Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Landon has worked with leading design practices including Toshiko Mori Architect, Hashim Sarkis Studios ALUD, Urban A&O, and Cook + Fox Architects. He has collaborated with OMA/AMO Rem Koolhaas and OAB Office / Carlos Ferrater Partnership. His independent, academic and professional work has been exhibited in Cambridge, Chicago, New York, Marfa and Beijing.

Registration: Laura Ruskeepää-Delaney, laura.ruskeepaa@aalto.fi

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