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Subversive Science: Sustainability and Architecture

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PM

Bruce Lindsey, Dean, College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, E. Desmond Lee Professor for Community Collaboration, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis

Two years after the publication of Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring, botanist Paul Sears described ecology as a “subversive science” because it called into question the cultural and economic premises of Western societies – pointing out the ironic fact that the root word for economics and ecology is the Greek word oikos for house, household, or family. Bruce Lindsey, Dean of Washington University’s College of Architecture, takes a look at some of the early American environmental thinking as a foundation for discussing current trends in sustainability and architecture. Beginning with early voices such as Aldo Leopold, Ian McHarg, Rachael Carson, and others, he explores sustainability as both a cultural and technical force driving contemporary architectural practice.

A house that grows itself, a sustainable farmers’ market in the Ville neighborhood of St. Louis that improves public health, a play structure for an after school arts program in Pagedale, a sustainable skyscraper in Chicago – projects by both professionals and students illustrate the current issues informing environmental design. Dr. Lindsey speculates about the future of architecture and its relationship to our environment and us.

All Seminars are held in The Living World (north side of Zoo)

Parking FREE in Zoo North Lot.


For more information call 314-533-8586 or email mbauer@academyofsciencestl.org

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
7:30 PM-9:00 PM
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