Bio/Matter/Techno: Synthetic Realities Exploring Design Discourses of the More Than Human

By School of Design - University of Pennsylvania (other events)

Tue, Sep 1 2020 5:00 PM EST Tue, Oct 20 2020 7:00 PM EST

****PWID has postponed B/M/T until the fall of 2020. We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during these uncertain times. We'll keep you posted on an official date.****


Penn Women in Design’s BIO/MATTER/TECHNO symposium seeks to explore
design approaches and critical theories that are fluid, boundless, and manifest in
relationships that create new speculations for designs that are situated in a more
than human world. Beyond dystopic futures how can we positively address the
confluence of advanced technological innovation, ecological crisis, and
unprecedented social changes and injustices through our design practices? We
invite speakers to share their transdisciplinary explorations of biological systems,
materials, and technology that challenge normative, professionally isolated
positioning in order to take on contemporary ethical and aesthetic questions in
the built environment.

Friday, 5 PM Keynote Address followed by Happy Hour and Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM (lunch and drinks included)

Keynote: Rachel Armstrong (University of Newcastle)
Andrea Ling (designGUILD) // Anuradha Mathur (UPenn) // Aroussiak Gabrielian (USC) // Behnaz Farahi (USC) // Danielle Willems (UPenn) // Franca Trubiano (UPenn), Francesca Ferrando (NYU), Karen Hogan (BIOREALIZE) // Laia Mogas-Soldevila (MIT) // Mae-Ling Lokko (RPI) // Mariana Ibañez (MIT) // Maya Alam (UPenn) // Rania Ghosn (MIT) // Rebecca Popowsky (UPenn)

17:00 Keynote Speaker: Rachel Armstrong
18.00 Happy Hour

8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Doors Open
9:30 BioSynthetics Panel
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-13:00 MatterSynthetics Panel
13:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:30 TechnoSynthetics Panel
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-16:45 Workshop
17:00 Closing Note and Cocktail Hour
Lunch, Coffee, and Drinks will be served

Every year Penn Women in Design works to host amazing speakers, pair students with mentors, and go on firm tours. We raise funds for this programming. You can support us by selecting a contributing ticket and making a contribution to our group, so we can continue to put on awesome and meaninful events in the future!

Our goal is to mobilize a community of designers and thinkers alike, to increase the incidence and visibility of women in our school’s design fields: architecture, landscape architecture, planning, historic preservation and fine arts. Our aim is to promote equity in the professions, engage the next generation of leaders, and empower each other by fostering growth to advance the success of women in our respective fields.  It is absolutely critical that issues of gender equity and identity continue to be at the forefront of discussion and that the student body at the Weitzman School of Design remain aware of this disparity and have the tools and guidance to help change this ongoing challenge in not only our fields but the culture at large.

Since 2016 when the group was led by 6 student leaders, our event programming, mentorship and advocacy has been committed to cultivating the next generation of leaders. Now embarking on our 4th year of programming we have hosted to date over 45 events and firm tours, paired over 360 students and professional mentors, spoken at 3 events, hosted 2 symposiums and workshops that drew in over 300 professionals and students. PWID has been a critical opportunity for student leadership and allowed the Weitzman School of Design to connect with the broader professional field.



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