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In the past few weeks we have witnessed a dramatic shift in the way we work. Architects and designers work from their living rooms, connected to each other via chat and webcam, while trade partners labor on building sites—where they remain open, that is. Who counts as “essential” and “nonessential” in this scenario? Have we been measuring productivity wrong? And what new techniques might emerge to bridge the gap?

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October 30

Urban Flight: To be or not to be?

The COVID-19 pandemic is fostering myopic perspectives of nationwide urban decline, and, in many ways, a recalibration towards suburban living. Are these notions misguided if not incorrect? These three panelists will discuss the present challenges facing urban areas, economic and social conditions which counter this narrative, and planning steps to improve long-term resiliency.

  • Patricia Akinaga, Studio-MLA
  • Christopher Rhie, Buro Happold
  • Matthew Clarke, Design Trust for Public Space
  • Matthew Marani, The Architect's Newspaper
October 16

Modern Man: Appraising the Work of Julius Shulman

Fashion comes and goes, values change, yet images remain. Photographer Julius Shulman, who would have turned 110 on October 10, furnished the visual materials with which to shape our expectations of the modern world. Even now, when contemplating “the good life” we imagine a modernist perch in the Hollywood Hills or a desert house in Palm Springs, as lensed by Shulman. His contribution to the enduring California mythos is beautifully told in Eric Bricker’s 2009 film Visual Acoustics, newly released on Blu-Ray with a commemorative 164-page hardbound book.

  • Samuel Medina, The Architect's Newspaper
October 2

Scorched Earth: Can the West Coast Adapt to Increasingly Severe Wildfires?

The West Coast is currently undergoing one of its most severe wildfire seasons in recorded history, threatening to uproot the lives and livelihoods of millions. With climate models predicting increasingly severe weather extremes in the years to come, architects and planners will be forced to embrace new strategies to both protect residents and mitigate wildfires. This panel, including SWA Group’s Sean O’Malley and Oregon State University’s Erica Fleishman, will explore both.

  • Sean O'Malley, SWA Group
  • Erica Fleishman , Oregon Climate Change Research Institute | OSU
September 25

Confronting Confederate Legacy Through Monument Removal

The recent surge in support of the Black Lives Matter movement has fostered a nationwide debate regarding the many White supremacist totems sprinkled across the country, none more so than monuments commemorating Confederate leaders and veterans. A growing consensus recognizes the need to tear down such monuments down; this panel will discuss approaches for doing so.

  • Kenneth Lum, University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design | Monument Lab
  • Brent Leggs, African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund
  • Anna Marcum, Independent Architectural Historian and Preservationist
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