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On March 30th at 6 pm, the Open Lecture Series of the architecture faculty will be happy to present Newcastle-based architect and academic Rachel Armstrong at Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Pikk 20, Tallinn). Armstrong focusses on living architecture and believes that to improve sustainability, we should connect our buildings to the nature, not cut them off from it, and will in her lecture focus on what it means to design for a lively unpredictable world. What happens when a city starts to grow the same way nature does? Open Lectures are open to all architecture and design students, professionals and general audience intrigued by spatial and design matters: the lectures are in English and free of charge.

Rachel Armstrong is Professor of Experimental Architecture at Newcastle University and an internationally acclaimed academic and pioneer in innovating environmental solutions and interdisciplinary practice. She designs and engineers architectural applications in the built environment, which are based on the properties of life-like chemical and biological systems. She produces prototypes that have been internationally exhibited at festivals such as the Venice Biennale (2010; 2015), which demonstrate how it may be possible to harness the properties of living systems to address environmental solutions. She also consults with industry to advise on convergent technologies and low carbon solutions.

She is also a 2010 Senior TED Fellow who is establishing an alternative approach to sustainability that couples with the computational properties of the natural world to develop a 21st century production platform for the built environment, which she calls ‘living’ architecture.

Armstrong is looking into Tallinn more deeply this year also in connection with the Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB 2017, due to being on the jury of the international TAB Vision Competition, which focusses on Paljassaare Peninsula area and ends on 25th April 2017.

At the Open Lecture Series internationally renowned architects, artists, theoreticians, critics and urbanists from all around the globe give talks to offer fresh perspectives on architecture, design, urban development and critical thought. The lectures are open to everyone interested in the future of our living environment. The lectures are held in English, free of charge.

More on Rachel Armstrong: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/apl/staff/profile/rachelarmstrong3.html and https://www.ted.com/speakers/rachel_armstrong

Open Lecture Series is supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment and organised by the Estonian Academy of Arts architecture department. All lectures are in English and free of charge.
Series is curated by Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam (PART)
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