USF Architecture Lecture Series Set

TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 2, 2008) – Neville Mars, Charles Waldheim, Alvaro Malo, Teddy Cruz, Michael Grote and Chad Oppenheim: they might not be household names but in the world of architecture and design they are stars. Each is in great demand to share innovative ideas on sustainability and they’re taking part in an outstanding University of South Florida lecture series titled: Sustain it(!) – Design Discourse on Strategies + Tactics in Sustainability in Architecture and Urbanism. The lectures are free and open to the public. All start at 6 p.m. and take place in USF’s new C.W. Bill Young Joint Military/ROTC Building on the Tampa campus (at USF Maple Drive and USF Holly Drive), room 109 (unless otherwise noted).

Dates, speakers, themes and topics include:

Oct. 2 - Neville Mars – Urbanism: “The Green Edge-Urban China in 2020” Architect and chairman of the Dynamic City Foundation, Mars is known for having a great deal to say about the Chinese plan to build 400 new cities by the year 2020 and about urbanism in general. He is an expert on rapidly changing environments with an emphasis on these prevailing issues in China.

Oct. 13 - Charles Waldheim – Landscape: “Planning, Ecology, and the Emergence of Landscape” Waldheim, director of the landscape architecture program at the University of Toronto is considered one of the critical thinkers to first coin the concept of “landscape urbanism,” a concept that puts landscape ahead of buildings in determining what makes cities work and that offers ways to begin to remediate cities.

Oct. 20 - Alvaro Malo – Materiality: “Material Ethics” Malo is director of the emerging material technologies graduate program at the University of Arizona’s School of Architecture. The distinguished architect is a native of Cuenca, Ecuador. A prolific writer who has lectured extensively, he is part of a team that will compete in the Solar Decathlon, a U.S. Department of Energy competition to design, build and operate an energy efficient, fully solar-powered home.

Nov. 6 - Teddy Cruz – Globalism: “The Global Border to the Border Neighborhood” Winner of the 1992 Rome Prize, Cruz is an architect and professor at the University of California, San Diego. Named an “Emerging Voice” by the Architectural League in 2005, he has received numerous AIA Honors awards and is known for his work integrating designs inspired by the people who live on the San Diego-Tijuana border. (This lecture takes place in room 107.)

Nov. 10 - Michael Grote – Social Equity: “Beyond Grand Plans and Schemes: Rebuilding Community After Katrina” Grote is the Gulf Coast program manager for Architecture for Humanity’s Biloxi Model Home Program and involved in a range of rebuilding initiatives along the Gulf Coast. He also is a visiting instructor for Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture Biloxi Program.

Nov. 17 - Chad Oppenheim – Development: “In Search of Essence” The Miami-based Oppenheim, another multiple AIA award winner, has gained notoriety for “shaking up the skyline of South Florida,” with his sustainable designs including Cor, a high-profile green tower in the design district and the celebrated Ten Museum Park towers. He utilizes wind turbines, solar-generated hot water and photovoltaics in his striking designs and has high-profile projects going up in Miami, Las Vegas and the Middle East.

“We have put together a provocative lecture series which focuses on one of the most critical issues facing our generation of architects and urban designers, that of sustainability,” said Shannon Bassett, USF architecture professor and series organizer and chair. “This is the common theme that threads together all of the lectures this fall, featuring some of the most cutting edge and critical thinkers in architecture and urbanism. In addition to being extremely talented and brilliant thinkers, they are gifted speakers and we look forward to exchanging ideas and learning a great deal from them.”

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