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Global Studio Lecture: Building to Thrive

AVID Architecture

Date/Time: Wednesday November 25, 2020 at 12:00pm – 1:30pm MST
Venue: Online Video Conference

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Abstract

Buildings and cities can lift our spirits and help us develop a sense of community and belonging, but far too often they’re a neutral—or even negative—influence on our day-to-day wellbeing.

If our buildings and cities are like physical containers shaped by invisible values, then it’s time to reflect on the shape that they’ve taken over the past few decades and reshape them towards being more equitable, nourishing, and joyful spaces.

Research into how architecture impacts our individual and communal wellbeing, and our sense of physical, emotional, and mental safety, has made major strides in recent decades, and it provides an exciting springboard for compassionately redesigning our buildings to better shelter and support us—mentally as well as physically.

We now know how different aspects of buildings such as lighting, scale, ease of navigation, expressive elements, and cultural fit all make important contributions to inhabitants’ holistic sense of safety and wellbeing. When someone has a safe space to call home, they can recover from life’s challenges better and develop a stronger sense of resilience. And when a building nurtures social connections and a sense of belonging, all of its residents have a better chance to thrive.

This panel will discuss the importance of physical, emotional, and mental safety in our built environment and housing developments. When designing housing, why is the emotional and mental safety of users so rarely considered, especially in contrast with physical safety? And how can addressing these psychological needs help encourage a community to thrive?

We will be discussing these issues at both a local and global scale. Activism begins within local communities, and for that reason we will be offering specific ideas about architectural elements that can contribute to safety and wellbeing.

We hope that participants will gain a clearer idea of the architectural elements that can contribute to safety and wellbeing, and when (and how!) to implement these design considerations on a project.

For Inquiries:

Dr. Henry Tsang
Assistant Professor, RAIC Centre for Architecture, Athabasca University
htsang@athabascau.ca

Global Studio Lecture Series: 1955 Films presents: Solidarity? Revealing the Everyday Lived Reality of Covid-19 in Kliptown, Soweto hosted by Athabasca University, RAIC Centre for Architecture

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Date/Time: Tuesday November 3rd, 2020 at 9:00am – 10:30am MST / 6:00pm – 7:30pm SAST
Venue: Online Video Conference

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On the 26th of June 1955, a crowd from all over South Africa gathered in Kliptown, Soweto for the Congress of the People. At that meeting The Freedom Charter was drawn up and signed. It stated a set of principles that became a symbol for the anti-apartheid struggle and later the core of South Africa’s post-apartheid constitution.

1955 Films is part of 1955 LLC, a social enterprise startup in Kliptown. Our name is a reference to the essence and meaning of South Africa’s Freedom Charter and reflects our belief that its core tenets are an avenue to empowering communities. We are a sovereign mix of innovative social entrepreneurs from the ghetto and academia. We are very intentionally not a charity or an NGO. 1955 is the radical brainchild of longtime friends and colleagues who met 8 years ago as a post-doctoral fellow and a group of residents from the Kliptown shack communities Freedom Charter Square and Race Course. What drew us together were our passions for social equity and creativity. To this day we continually learn from each other in grappling with socio-economic, racial, knowledge and institutional hierarchies, or simply in sharing favourite music or a meal.

What we do: we have been running a Covid-19 initiative for the last 8 months; we produce virtual field trips as an academic resource; we make documentary films; we are developing a startup company that will collaborate with local residents and zama zama recyclers to transform local waste plastics into 3D printer filament. We are working with our local community leadership and the City of Johannesburg to address the dire basic service and housing issues we face as Kliptown residents. Our primary goal is to start a community radio station, The Voice of Freedom. It will be on the airwaves as well as a physical space where everyone is welcome to come and just hang out in a safe place, or strategies ways to support residents’ everyday lives, or to dreams their own and the community’s future, or just to have a good conversation.

View film trailer

For more information on 1955, please visit: www.1955.co.za and https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-06-03-kliptown-superheroes-take-up-fight-against-covid-19-in-service-of-the-people/#gsc.tab=0

Credits:

Participants who attend the full 90-minute session will be granted a Certificate of Completion to apply for professional development credits recognized by the following institutes.

  • Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIFA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • KwaZulu Natal Institute for Architecture (SAIA-KZN) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits

For Inquiries:

Veronica Madonna
Assistant Professor, RAIC Centre for Architecture, Athabasca University
vmadonna@athabascau.ca

Global Studio Lecture Series: The Architecture of Hope

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  • Dr. Douglas MacLeod, FRAIC
    Chair, RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University

Date/Time: Friday, October 23rd, 2020 at 9:00am MT
Venue: Online Video Conference

Dr Douglas MacLeod will be sharing insights from his latest book, "The Architecture of Hope". Douglas offers a compelling scenario, set 15 years in the future, where ordinary people live and work together to build better communities.

In short, The Architecture of Hope depicts a way of living that is decentralized, re-localized, and regenerative. And imminently possible.

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Abstract:

In this online lecture, architect and educator, Douglas MacLeod offers a compelling scenario, set 15 years in the future, where ordinary people live and work together to build better communities.

Based on his recently published book, The Architecture of Hope, MacLeod will explore the idea of cooperative communities where buildings produce more energy than they use; purify more water than they pollute; grow more food than they consume; and recycle more waste than they produce – all using technologies that already exist or that will be within our grasp in a few years. Even more important, the people of the community own and profit from all of these resources.

In short, The Architecture of Hope depicts a way of living that is decentralized, re-localized, and regenerative. And imminently possible.

This is in stark contrast to the communities we have today which one character in the book describes as “… overpriced, poisonous, overcrowded, unhealthy, wasteful energy pigs – not because they have to be but because it suits the vested interests that build, operate, and control them ...”

So often the future we imagine is a bleak continuation of the present. The Architecture of Hope, however, suggests that we have the power to design and build a better and more equitable world. As another character’s notes, “The big idea is that we could restore rather than destroy; we could produce rather than consume; and we could purify rather than pollute – not just the Earth but our bodies and minds as well.” It is a particularly pertinent discussion to have during the current pandemic as we are forced to re-examine the way we work, live and learn.

While this scenario does describe how we can use new technologies to achieve these goals, it emphasizes that, most of all, we need to change our thinking. It’s not that our communities can give us hope directly, but they can provide a scaffolding so that we can create full, meaningful and hopeful lives for ourselves, our families, and our neighbours.

About:

Dr. Douglas MacLeod, FRAIC, is the Chair of the RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University, an online program that has quickly grown to be one of the largest and most innovative in the world. He is recognized as an expert in e-learning, regenerative design and virtual design.

MacLeod is a registered architect, a contributing editor to Canadian Architect Magazine and the former Executive Director of the Canadian Design Research Network. He is also a former Associate with Barton Myers Associates, Los Angeles.

Over the last 30 years, MacLeod has led visionary projects ranging from pioneering work in virtual reality at the Banff Centre to eduSourceCanada – the country’s largest e-learning initiative to date.

Credits:

Participants who attend the full 90-minute session will be granted a Certificate of Completion to apply for professional development credits recognized by the following institutes.

  • Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIFA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • KwaZulu Natal Institute for Architecture (SAIA-KZN) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits

For Inquiries:

Veronica Madonna
Assistant Professor, RAIC Centre for Architecture, Athabasca University
vmadonna@athabascau.ca

Global Studio Lecture Series: Africa Defines Architecture: The Quest for Defining New African Inspired Design Languages that are Culturally and Environmentally Sustainable.

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Nmadili Okwumabua, Founder, CPDI Africa The Global Studio for African Centered Architecture

Date/Time: Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 9:00am – 10:30am MT
Venue: Online Video Conference

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Abstract:

Believing that the development of our built environment should be as it has always been, a collaborative effort between the community members and designated master builders, Nmadili Okwumabua will deliver a ground breaking online lecture on the evolution and transformation of African culture, aesthetics, spirituality, materials, design philosophies, and the contemporary translation of these elements in today’s built environment. Creating a new pedagogy for teaching African centred architecture in the process, the lecture will chronicle emerging CPDI Africa narratives for development, supplicating collaboration from the design community at large for the accomplishment of its vision - to source tried and true African design philosophies and practices in sustainable design, science and technology, for the development of a holistic and eco friendly global built environment.

For more information, visit www.cpdiafrica.org

About:

Nmadili Okwumabua is a Professor of African Architecture and Urban Design and the founder of the Community Planning and Design Initiative Africa (CPDI Africa). Her passion for design is rooted in a vision where communities in Africa and the Diaspora are developed with new architectural languages that are Culturally and are Environmentally Sustainable. Nmadili attended the University of Tennessee and Georgia State University, where she pursued her undergraduate studies in architecture and urban studies. She holds a Masters degree in African Studies from Clark Atlanta University, where her research centred on the evolution of Nigerian modern vernacular architecture in the works of Master builder Demas Nwoko. She is a licensed Realtor in the state of Georgia and Certified Property Manager with Broll CBRE South Africa.

In 1999, she founded Southern Sahara USA, a design consultancy service specializing in the research and development of this new architecture. In 2013, she launched CPDI Africa, the culture-inspired initiative that promotes these new architectural languages though design competitions, lecture series, workshops, architecture exhibitions and international global studios for teaching African centred architecture. Cultivating a built environment career that has spanned over 25 years, Nmadili Okwumabua lives in Atlanta Georgia and Abuja Nigeria, where she continues to offer international consultancy services in urban design and real estate asset management.

Credits:

Participants who attend the full 90-minute session will be granted a Certificate of Completion to apply for professional development credits recognized by the following institutes.

  • Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIFA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • KwaZulu Natal Institute for Architecture (SAIA-KZN) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits

For Inquiries:

Dr. Henry Tsang
Assistant Professor, RAIC Centre for Architecture, Athabasca University
htsang@athabascau.ca

National Asian Heritage Month Symposium

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  • Dr. Henry Tsang
    Architect & Assistant Professor
    Athabasca University, RAIC Centre for Architecture

Topic: Fusion Architecture: Approach to Designing Asian Identity and Culture in Canada
Date/Time: September 11, 2020, 4PM MT
Admission: Free

Dr. Henry Tsang, assistant professor in the RAIC Centre for Architecture at AU, will be featured at the upcoming National Asian Heritage Month Symposium hosted by Accès Asie in Montréal. He'll be speaking about his Asian heritage, challenges as a minority architect in Canada, working as an architect in Asia, and approaches to designing Asian identity and Culture in Canada.

Register here!

Problematic Content Forum

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Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 923 4576 4642
To dial by your location you can find your local number here: https://zoom.us/u/aB5PZq8Pf

The Bow Valley Sustainable Building Summit

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The Bow Valley Sustainable Building Summit hosted by the Biosphere Institute that was originally scheduled for last April in Canmore, AB has changed the summit into a virtual webinar series spanning August 12 - October 7. Our Assistant Professor, Dr. Henry Tsang will be presenting on the topic of Designing for Climate Change: An Architect's Responsibility on October 7th, 2020 at 11:00AM MT.

See the event website for full details

AU architecture students now eligible for free membership with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC)

Great news! Full-time students enrolled in the B.Sc.Arch or GDA programs at AU's RAIC Centre for Architecture are now eligible for a free RAIC student associate membership. The RAIC, i.e. Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, is Canada's national organization for architecture and "the leading voice for excellence in the built environment". The membership will allow students to access RAIC resources, publications, directory, as well as join events and conferences for free or at discounted rates. Details for membership registration can be found on the RAIC's website under "Student Associate Membership"

For inquiries, contact:
Dr. Henry Tsang
Assistant Professor, RAIC Centre for Architecture
Secretary, RAIC Alberta Chapter (Calgary)
Email: htsang@athabascau.ca

AU RAIC Centre for Architecture Global Studio Lecture Series: DEGROWTH: Rethink / Redesign / Reuse / Recycle

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Prof. Jo Berben Architect Lecture hosted by Athabasca University & Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Prof. Jo Berben Architect
    Projects by a2o architects, Belgium

Date/Time: Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 9:00 - 10:30 MT
Venue: Online Video Conference

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Abstract:

In this online lecture, Prof. Jo Berben will present the adaptive reuse approaches in the work of a2o architects, an award-winning Belgian firm with offices in Brussels and Hasselt. Research and experimentation lie at the root of their quest for collective added value, social engagement and sustainable concepts. Their work reflects engagement with the complex and layered contemporary reality, systematically searching for the latent qualities, opportunities or challenges of each assignment. To this end, they avoid getting trapped in generic solutions, trivial strategies or architectural arbitrariness. For more information, visit http://a2o.be/

Credits:

Participants who attend the full 90-minute session will be granted a Certificate of Completion to apply for professional development credits recognized by the following institutes.

  • Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIFA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • KwaZulu Natal Institute for Architecture (SAIA-KZN) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits

Inquiries:

vmadonna@athabascau.ca

AU RAIC Centre for Architecture Global Studio Lecture Series

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Drawing Creepy Places: Representing Liminal Ritual Spaces of Kuruman - South Africa

  • Dr. Sechaba Maape
    Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, Wits University (South Africa)

Date/Time: Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 9:00 - 10:30 MT
Venue: Online Video Conference

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Abstract:

Sacred sites have been studied and discussed by scholars in the disciplines of architecture, anthropology and archaeology. Within these disciplines these spaces are typically represented using Western objective and scientific methods of representation including cut plans and sections, as well as laser scans. Using the case study of two ritual sites in the Kuruman area of the northern Cape province as case studies, the following paper will argue that modern methods of representation have the potential to strip away the value of these spaces for those who use them for their spiritual and ritual purposes. The paper will explore forms of representations that engage ritual spaces towards revealing their value for local practitioners who still use them, as well as humanity at large. The paper will discuss the significance of these places as liminal spaces through which humans gain the capacity to inhabit this earth. The paper will conclude by discussing the need for better understanding these spaces in relation to our contemporary global crises, and the role of representation of these spaces towards deeper forms of habitation.

Credits:

Participants who attend the full 90-minute session will be granted a Certificate of Completion to apply for professional development credits recognized by the following institutes.

  • Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIFA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • KwaZulu Natal Institute for Architecture (SAIA-KZN) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits

AU Global Studio Lecture Series: Mass Timber

  • Veronica Madonna
    Architect/Assistant Professor, RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University
  • Trevor Butler
    Engineer/Assistant Professor, RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 9:00 - 10:30 MT
Venue: Online Video Conference

Credits:

  • Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIFA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • KwaZulu Natal Institute for Architecture (SAIA-KZN) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits

Assistant Professors Trevor Butler and Veronica Madonna will be presenting their shared experience in mass timber design in the next Global Studio Lecture Series on Wednesday May 27th, 2020 at 9am MT. Mass Timber is quickly emerging around the world as a main building material because of its inherent low carbon characteristics and ability to have a positive impact on the environment. The lecture will provide an architectural and sustainable design perspective on using mass timber as a main building material and the advancements in Canada and around the world. Trevor and Veronica will explore the opportunities and challenges that are faced in designing with mass timber today and their thoughts on the future of the building industry.

Hosted by Athabasca University RAIC Centre for Architecture
For inquiries, contact Dr. Henry Tsang: htsang@athabascau.ca

Green Building: Integrating Architecture X Engineering

  • Dr. Henry Tsang, Architect, OAQ, MRAIC, LEED GA, WELL AP
    Assistant Professor, RAIC Centre for Architecture, Athabasca University
  • Trevor Butler, Engineer, PEng, CEng, MEng, LEED AP BD+C
    Assistant Professor, RAIC Centre for Architecture, Athabasca University

Date/Time: Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 7:30PM MT (May 18 at 10:30AM Korea Time)

AU architecture professors, Dr. Henry Tsang and Trevor Butler have been invited to give a virtual guest lecture to students at Keimyung University (KMU) in South Korea. The topic of the lecture is Green Building: Integrating Architecture & Engineering. The live event is only open to KMU and AU students, however, a recording of the lecture will be available on our YouTube channel following the event. Please stay tuned!

Hosted by Keimyung University
For inquiries, contact Dr. Henry Tsang: htsang@athabascau.ca

AU Global Studio Lecture Series: Odile Decq

Architect/Founder of Studio Odile Decq & the Confluence Institute (Paris, France)

"Architecture Thinking"

Date/Time: Tuesday May 5, 2020 at 9:00-10:30 MT
Venue: Online Video Conference

Credits: Alberta Association of Architects | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour

Hosted by Athabasca University RAIC Centre for Architecture
For inquiries, contact Dr. Henry Tsang: htsang@athabascau.ca

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The Bow Valley Sustainable Building Summit

This event is postponed until the fall due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

by the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley

Date: Thursday, April 16th, 2020 - 09:00-17:00 MT

Venue: The Malcolm Hotel, 321 Spring Creek Drive, Canmore, Alberta

Dr. Henry Tsang, assistant professor in the RAIC Centre for Architecture, will be speaking at the Bow Valley Sustainable Building Summit in Canmore, AB. The topic of his presentation is: Designing for Climate Change - An Architect's Responsibility. Dr. Henry Tsang is a registered architect interested in sustainable building design currently teaching ADST design studio courses, and he is also appointed as the Secretary of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's Alberta Chapter.

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Event Details:

The Sustainable Building Summit will consist of a vendor showcase running concurrently with several workshops led by industry experts in net-zero building, green engineering, renewable energy, sustainable architecture and the BC Step Code. Participants can select from up to six workshops, while also having the opportunity to hear about our keynote speaker, Dale Mikkelsen of Simon Fraser University, experience designing sustainable communities and affordable housing in the mountains of British Columbia.

Presenters include Tyler Hermanson from 4 Elements Integrated Design Ltd., Matt Grace from Integral Group, Geoff Domenico from KCP Energy Inc., Dr. Henry Tsang from Athabasca University RAIC Centre for Architecture, Frank Kernick from Spring Creek Canmore and Meredith Hamstead and Paul Denchuk of thinkBright Homes.

This event has been created by the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley in collaboration with the Bow Valley Builders and Developers Association - BOWDA, the Town of Canmore and Malcolm Hotel Canmore and is funded with support from Energy Efficiency Alberta.

Website / Registration: https://www.biosphereinstitute.org/sbs

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Panel Discussion & Book Launch

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Ledcor Foyer & Theatre (Lower Level), Art Gallery of Alberta

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Updated November 24 2020 by Student & Academic Services

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