Friday, March 22, 2013

Big City Forum: Design by Deferral

Elizabeth Chin, Dance for Joy, Media Design Program in Kadampa, Uganda

Big City Forum: Design by Deferral

Wednesday, April 3rd
7 – 9 pm

 Armory Center for the Art
145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103

Big City Forum returns for a second residency at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. “Transforming the Social" will present four discursive panel conversations that aim to recognize and celebrate the ability to create transformative moments within the scope of the built environment and social space while acknowledging our core potential for human value.

The second of these conversations BCF: Design by Deferral explores the academic and professional conventions that keep research about everyday urban life separate from the practices of design and planning. Research practices such as ethnography conduct description and analysis and may lay the groundwork for architectural or planning projects, but are rarely integrated into the design process. 

This panel will explore emerging practices of research that turn this paradigm on its head, deferring to everyday social practices and diverse, multidisciplinary forms of expertise in order to re-imagine how the daily life of the city will be designed for, and in whose interest.


Elizabeth Chin, anthropologist, Professor, Media Design Program, Art Center College of Design (topic: public space and dance in Kampala)

Adonia Lugo, anthropologist and bike activist, University of California, Irvine (topic: ethnographic experiments and bicycle advocacy, CicLAvia)

Michael Powell, anthropologist and strategist, Shook Kelley (topic: corner store conversions in South LA, collaboration with architects)

Curt Gambetta (moderator and discussant), architect, Woodbury University

1 comment:

  1. is there a video archive up? i was unable to attend these past two events. i really wanted to hear the panel and the question/answer that followed after.