Event Luncheon Speaker Series

October 18, 2011 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

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Green Pastures Restaurant
811 W. Live Oak
78704 Austin , TX
Phone: 512.452.4332

A Matter of Life and Death: Architecture for Human Flourishing
Presenter: David Greusel, FAIA

What do Marx, Freud and Nietzsche have to do with architecture? More than you might think. In this provocative session, the philosophical underpinnings of Modernism will be revealed and reconsidered. An alternative approach to design, one that promotes human flourishing in place of alienation, will be articulated and the differences of the competing systems for human well-being will be considered.
Diversity is more than recognizing the changing face of our profession. Diversity also requires openness to multiple points of view, an openness that is sorely lacking in many of our profession's “gatekeeper” institutions: professional schools, awards juries, and publications. The tide of international global modernism threatens to swamp design ideas and building traditions that have promoted human health and well being for thousands of years. Underlying this design orthodoxy is a set of Modernist assumptions that predate even the earliest pioneers of architectural Modernism by as much as 100 years. But architects spend little or no time considering the design impacts of thinkers like Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Freud on global modernism.
This session will provocatively uncover the philosophical underpinnings of Modernism and will articulate an alternative design philosophy based on the notion that architecture can promote human flourishing when properly grounded in site, scale, form and texture. An architecture for human flourishing requires a deeper understanding of human nature than that provided by the Marx/Freud/Nietzsche school of thought. It does not, however, require a degree in (or even much exposure to) philosophy. This session will explore both the thinking that led to the Modern movement and an alternative view of human health and well-being. This kind of diversity of thought is the most important and powerful diversity that our profession can and should be promoting. Thethesis of this seminar does not demand assent; it merely asks for consideration. 

Members - $25

Non Members - $33


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The lunch series is generously sponsored by:

Acme Brick Company
Dalgleish Construction Company
Escobedo Construction
Jancom Technologies