ARCHIVED: Striking the Critical Balance between Global Urbanization and Sustainability: A Talk by Joel Towers, October 4

Joel TowersJoel Towers, Dean, Parsons The New School for Design, and a partner in the office of SR+T Architects, will present “Climate for Change,” the first in the distinguished speakers Environmental Studies/Science Technology and Society Colloquium series "The Arts in a Time of Environmental Crises: Interventions and Provocations." The talk will take place on Monday, October 4, at 5 p.m. in the Alice Ilchman Science Center Room 103.

“At its best, design is anticipatory of future challenges, constraints, and needs, and transformative of the public imaginary,” says Towers. “Perhaps the most important and determinative factor impacting future design contexts is the clear need to broadly advance ecological resilience in a landscape of increasing urbanization. Without a firm and comprehensive grasp of the ecological questions we must ask we will not succeed in striking a critical balance between global urbanization and sustainability.”

Towers holds a Masters Degree in Architecture from Columbia University and has served on the faculties of both City College and Columbia. He was the project director for The Hannover Principles: Design for Sustainability in the office of William McDonough Architects prior to co-founding SR+T Architects in 1992 with Karla Rothstein. SR+T's work has been published in journals and books including Casabella and Architecture Magazine.

Future lectures in the Environmental Studies/Science Technology and Society Colloquium series are:

November 8
Claire Pentecost

February 14
Helen Mayer Harrison & Newton Harrison

February 28
Kay Westhaus

March 5
Dr. Paul Outka

April 4
Jessica Beckett