Lecture Brief: In civil society, architects bring cohesion and develop a holistic balance of technology, science, history, culture and society. Architecture presents a legible and understandable structure to offer different models for life to propose approaches to environmental sensibility by balance choices of technology and tectonic.
Instead of treating complex agendas as isolated sound bites, or sweeping them under the rhetorical compartments of technology, tectonic, and ecology, I seek to articulate questions and propose that these agendas are nuanced, woven and interconnected to ultimately influence culture and civilization.
Toshiko Mori is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture and the principal and founder of Toshiko Mori Architect, founder of VisionArc, a think-tank promoting global dialogue for a sustainable future and one of the founders of Paracoustica, a non-profit to promote music in underserved communities. Her firm’s recent work includes the Cambridge Headquarters for the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, the School of Environmental Research & Technology for Brown University, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the Brooklyn Public Library, the Sinthian Cultural Center and Artists’ Residence in Senegal, and new canopies for the #7 Subway line for the Hudson Park and Boulevard in NYC.
Her recent publications include her essay Innovation and Judgment in the Aga Khan Architecture Award 2013 publication, where she was on the jury of its 12th cycle about which she contributed her essay. Architecture is Life, Cloudline: Architecture/Art/Site, and her article Design and Innovation: Catalysts for Change, published on the World Economic Forum Blog in 2012. She is also one of the 2013 editors of PLAN Magazine where her editorial Constellation of Architecture Practice was published in the October 2013 issue. Her article Innovation and Cities was published in the December issue of A+U. She is also the Head of the North American Regional Jury for the 2014 Holcim Awards.
She has most recently delivered lectures at the Institute for Art and Architecture in Vienna, The University of Pennsylvania, Aalto University and Kiasma Museum in Finland, and the Kyoto Institute of Technology.
She is an advisor to A+U Magazine, and is a Board member of Architecture for Humanity. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Design & Innovation and organized the conference on Innovation of Cities in October, 2013 in Tokyo and in May 2014, in New York City.
This lecture is open to the general public.
The Spring 2014 Public Lecture Series are co-sponsored by “Ronald Lu & Partners (HK) Ltd.” & “Woo, Chow, Wong & Partners (HK) Ltd.” visiting lectureship in architecture.