UTSA CACP Speaker Series

UTSA CACP Speaker Series
15
/ Apr
Wednesday
2015

Free Entry

UTSA CACP Speaker Series

Venue
UTSA DOWNTOWN CAMPUS
Location
501 W. Cesar E. Chavez.
Time
05:30 pm
Price
Free

The UTSA COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE, CONSTRUCTION AND PLANNING (CACP)
SPEAKER SERIES continues April 15 with RANIA GHOSN, an Assistant
Professor at the MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY SCHOOL OF
ARCHITECTURE + PLANNING and partner with El Hadi Jazairy of DESIGN
EARTH. Ghosn’s work examines the urban condition at the scale of the
territory to open up a range of aesthetic and political concerns for
design research. Her current project focuses on technological systems —
such as those of energy, trash, and agriculture — as objects of inquiry
into our ideas and practices of the urban environment.

Forms of economy, politics, and environments are constructed through our
technological relations with the materials of the Earth, or what we
refer to as “resources” and “wastes.” However, such geographies often
remain invisible from the viewpoint of urban centers. Ghosn argues that
the erasure of geography is a “designed” misrepresentation that
externalizes the costs of the urban process and conceals disagreements
regarding the organization of the world and its resources. Her talk,
“Geostories,” proposes a research question: If the erasure of geography
is an aesthetic-political project, could the reassertion of the
geographic allow designers to intervene within power and its
representations, thus reorganizing structures of influence? Ghosn will
utilize a series of project-stories in her talk to propose the
geographic as both a conceptual worldview and a set of representational
tools for a political materialist design agency.

LECTURE TITLE: GEOSTORIES

WHEN: 5:30 P.M. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15

EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

WHERE: UTSA DOWNTOWN CAMPUS, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez. Event will be held
in the Buena Vista Building’s Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328).

UTSA Downtown Campus map: http://utsa.edu/maps/dt-map.html [1]

Free parking underneath I-35 in UTSA Lot D-3, unmarked spaces only. The
UTSA Downtown Campus is accessible by VIA bus routes #20, #66, #68, #70,
#75, #76, #79, #93 and Primo (#100).

FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO BE ADDED TO THE CACP EMAIL LIST, CONTACT:

UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning:
Nicole.Chavez@utsa.edu 210.458.3121

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