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Material Time Symposium

Material Time Symposium

We are excited to invite you to the Material Time symposium, taking place on Friday, April 12, 10:30am – 3:30pm! 

Currently, the relationship of building to time is fixed, with weathering and material transformations only superficially accounted for through necessary repairs. The frozen-in-time relationship we have with the built environment relies on materials from a nearly exhausted supply chain, prompting a shift towards local and regenerative sources. While bio-based materials are possible sustainable alternatives, their susceptibility to weathering and shorter lifespan compared to mineral-based counterparts invites thinking about temporality through observable material transformations. How could we reconsider our relationship to the built environment through materials of various temporalities?  

Date: Friday, April 12, 2024 

Time: 10:30am – 3:30pm 

Location: Piper Auditorium 

Panel speakers include Martin Bechthold, Lola Ben-Alon, Jennifer Bissonnette, Lina Ghotmeh, Laura Maria Gonzalez, Laia Mogas-Soldevila, Leonard Palmer, Pablo Pérez-Ramos and Paul Lewis. 

Panels will be moderated by Daniel Tish, John May, and Amelia Gan.  

Field Notes presenters are Joseph Kennedy (DDes ‘25), Maroula Zacharias (DDes ‘24), Hugh Taylor (MArch ‘24), and Nicky Rhodes (MArch ‘25), Ian Erickson (MArch ‘24) & Vincent Jackow (MIT MArch ‘26)

Register Here: https://gsd.jotform.com/240505784337055

Full Schedule is Here: https://www.gsd.harvard.edu/event/material-time/

Friday, April 12, 2024
10:30am - 3:30pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)

Event Organizer

Claudia Lewis

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