DDes Conference: Projective Views on Urban Metabolism

In the last two decades, the concept of urban metabolism, aiming to grasp the continuous processes of energy, material and population exchange within and between cities and their extensive hinterlands, has been subject of both extensive empirical research and, increasingly, critical discussion within the social and natural sciences. However, these interdisciplinary challenges have not yet been met with a synthetic response from the design disciplines. The goals of this one-day conference are, through the lens of urban metabolism, to: generally reassess the planetary rescaling of contemporary urbanization processes; unpack the transformation of spatial forms and structures and subsequently, the emergence of new operative territories for design; explore the agency of design in confronting these challenges.

Daniel Ibañez
Nikos Katsikis
Ali Fard
Daniel Daou
Taraneh Meshkani
Pablo Perez Ramos


Friday, February 7th, 2014

10.00am to 12.30pm

Panel 01: Metabolic Upscaling
Jason Moore
Erle Ellis
Timothy Luke
Matthew Gandy
Moderator: Neil Brenner

12.30pm to 1.30pm

Lunch Break

1.30pm to 3.30pm

Panel 02: Territorial Transformations
Lola Sheppard
Salvador Rueda
Jane Hutton & Kiel Moe
Moderator: Pierre Belanger

3.30pm to 4.00pm

Coffee Break

4.00pm to 6.00pm

Panel 03: The Agency of Design
Mitchell Joachim
Chris Reed
Ila Berman
Moderator: Hashim Sarkis

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Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the events office two weeks in advance at 617 496 2414 or [email protected]

Advanced Studies Program – Doctor of Design (DDes) Conference
Urban Theory Lab
Energy and Environment Lab
New Geographies Lab
Department of Architecture
Department of Landscape Architecture
Urban Metabolism Student Group

Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the Public Programs Office at (617) 496-2414 or [email protected].