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Social Science and Architecture: Architects as Activists Primer
The panel will focus on the intersection between Activism and Architecture by emphasizing architect as activist as an active agent for driving, in a global context, the development of places worth living in. Traditionally, the planner and architect are seldom envisioned as advocates for the urban poor with an increasing competition to produce ‘iconic’ buildings for a global market through the work of the so-called ‘stararchitects’. But, the tone of architecture culture has changed. In this panel, we discuss how architects and planners together with social activists have begun to work with marginalized groups in cities to design alternatives for new urban renewal projects. In a city like New York with a long history of social activism, architects and planners increasingly play an important role in shaping the community and bringing to the foreground underrepresented and sometimes opposing ideals and voices. Under what conditions have the act of activism challenged the culture of architectural education and practice? Which areas remain unchallenged? How has the design field risen to meet different social agendas? Join us for a lively evening and hear from luminaries and new voices. The panelists will connect the historic events to the evolution of the field and design practices of the time. We appreciate your support on Meetup, but please note that you will need to register on the AIANY website. If you do not register on the AIANY website, we will not be able to admit you into the event. Thanks for registering and for your understanding. PANELISTS: TBD MODERATOR: Melissa Marsh, Founder & Executive Director, PLASTARC and Senior Managing Director, Savills Studley (https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissaemarsh/) Melissa Marsh is Founder and Executive Director of PLASTARC (http://plastarc.com/), a social research, workplace innovation, and real estate strategy firm dedicated to shifting the metrics associated with workplace from 'square feet and inches' to 'occupant satisfaction and performance.' Melissa also leads the Occupant Experience discipline at Savills Studley (http://www.savills-studley.com/). With an undergraduate degree in social science and a Master of Architecture from MIT, Melissa is an active contributor to professional and research communities associated with the human factors and the built environment, including Worktech, AIA, CoreNet, IFMA, and EDRA. We appreciate your support on Meetup, but please note that you will need to register on the AIANY website . If you do not register on the AIANY website, we will not be able to admit you into the event. Thanks for registering and for your understanding. Organized by: AIANY Social Science and Architecture Committee Price: Free for AIA members and students with valid ID; $10 for general public

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    We focus on initiating greater dialogue and alliance between architecture, design and the many disciplines of social science and research. We see this broadly including: sociology, physiology, ergonomics, geography, anthropology, cognitive and neurosciences, psychology and more.

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