ASU connects globally to explore urban transformation

April 16, 2010

The ASU Herberger Institute" target="_blank">School of Design Innovation and" target="_blank">School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture hosted "Phoenix-Barcelona: Cities in Transformation," a symposium and month-long exhibition on the ASU Tempe campus in February 2010 that highlighted the ongoing development of both cities and how it is manifested in the work of local architecture and design practice.

“ASU and Phoenix are fortunate to have found a dynamic partner in the design community of Barcelona to create this conversation and allow for current and future designers to share how our communities can evolve,” said Jose Bernardi, professor of interior design and organizer of the symposium and exhibition. “This symposium allowed our students to engage with local and international professional practitioners and discuss topics that are central to the curriculum of every design discipline.” Download Full Image

Sessions during the Feb. 10 symposium focused on working with the natural landscapes of the regions, responding to climate through design, public spaces and community engagement, and how the idea of light provides and describes the character of each city.

“It was enlightening to hear the practicing architects from these different cultures discuss the issues they are dealing with in their urban environment and discover how both are finding new ways to explore issues of sustainability and urbanism,” said Jim Sarratori, an architecture graduate student. “As a student, compiling a broader understanding of these different methods of working is important because they can then be applied to issues our community and environment are facing now and in the future.”

The works of local architects, landscape architects, interior designers and civic artists from both cities, including eight Barcelona design studios, were featured in the exhibition held at the ASU Herberger Institute Gallery of Design. The show demonstrated how design integrates into its natural environments, and was curated jointly by Bernardi and Eva Prats and Ricardo Flores of Flores & Prats Arquitectes in Barcelona. Many of the relationships with Barcelona designers were initiated by ASU architecture professor Catherine Spellman who also contributed to the exhibition along with her students.

“Both cities have a constant flow of dynamic architectural proposals and both are growing with a high ambition to keep the city on the map,” Flores said. “It is for us in Barcelona a learning field to watch the efforts of the Phoenix city designers who deal with health and climate and change immediate answers like air conditioning into real architectural devices.”

The February events, a continuation of "The Desert as a Client" exhibit and symposium held in Barcelona in the fall of 2008, were a partnership that included support from the Ministry of Culture of Spain, the Barcelona firms and the participation of many of Phoenix’s most celebrated firms including Will Bruder + Partners, Architekton, Richards+Bauer, Jones Studio and DeBartolo Architects.

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Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

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Garreau to attend McCain Conference at Naval Academy

April 16, 2010

Joel">">Joel Garreau, Lincoln Professor of Law, Culture and Values, and Director of The Prevail Project: Wise Governance for Challenging Futures at the College of Law, will participate in the 2010 McCain Conference, April 22-23, at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

The event will be the culmination of a year of research by a multi-university consortium at ASU, the Naval Academy, Case Western Reserve University, California Polytechnic State University, and the Naval Postgraduate School. Experts from academia, government and industry will discuss the ethical and legal ramifications of emerging military technologies, especially robotics, nanotechnology, biomedical human enhancements, and information/communications systems. Download Full Image

Garreau will participate in a panel, "Soldier enhancements - ethical & legal ramifications," focusing on ethical arguments for and against possible soldier enhancements via pharmacological, mechanical and genetic technologies, and recommended education, policy and legal initiatives.

Garreau, who joined the College in 2010, and also is an Affiliated Faculty Member, ASU Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, is a student of culture, values and change. He is the author of Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies, and What It Means to Be Human, a look at the hinge in history at which we have arrived. As director of The Prevail Project, he will build upon a Radical Evolution concept that the Prevail Scenario - the humanistic possibility that we can control and direct this future - might be encouraged. Garreau also is Co-director of the ASU-New America Foundation Partnership and a Thrust Group Leader for "The Seven Horizons Project" of the ASU Consortium on Emerging Technologies, Military Operations and National Security.

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Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law