This month, the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design is pleased to kick off the second half of its 2018/2019 public lecture series: Home and Away.
The Faculty’s stunning 400-seat multichromatic Main Hall in the heart of the Daniels Building is now open. To inaugurate the first full year of public programming in this space, the faculty is is bringing together talent and ideas from near and far for a series of discussions and debates on design issues of global importance.
Engaging broad, timely topics — including the Anthropocene, smart cities, the political functions of art and architecture, and new equations of technology and craft — this year’s speaker series connects the wealth of expertise within the Daniels Faculty community with an international, multidisciplinary network of designers, scholars, artists, and curators. As depicted in the Faculty’s lecture series poster, each set of Home and Away speakers are represented by different “game flags,” highlighting the Faculty’s role as an arena for debate and the exchange of ideas on how architecture, landscape, art, and urbanism can effect meaningful change in society today.
Three lectures are taking place this month, beginning with January 15th’s talk with Helsinki-based industrial designer Ville Kokkonen and Toronto artist Charles Stankievech. Three days later, new faculty member, Associate Professor Jesse LeCavalier will join Dean Richard Sommer, Director of the Public Realm for Sidewalk Labs Jesse Shapins, renowned critic Michael Sorkin, and others in a debate about meaning, implications, and rhetoric surrounding the “smart city” movement — a keynote panel that’s part of the two-day symposium: URBAN IQ TEST.
More information about the Home and Away lecture series is available via the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design’s official website, linked here.
Photo by John Horner.