Faculty of Environmental Design

Design Matters Lecture Series - Logistics and Space with Clare Lyster

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at St. Louis Hotel (430 8 Ave S.E.)

Doors open at 5:30 pm
Lecture from 6:00 pm - 7:30pm
Reception 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Seating is limited, and will be on a first come, first seated basis. Admission into the event for late arrivals is not guaranteed. 

Admission is $10 for non-students; free for students.

Clare Lyster is an architect, educator and writer based in Chicago. Her work focuses on urbanism from the perspective of contemporary theories in landscape, and infrastructure.

She is author of Learning from Logistics: How Networks Change Cities (Birkhäuser, 2016) and co-editor of Third Coast Atlas, A Prelude to a Plan (ACTAR, Fall 2017) with Ibañez, Waldheim and White;, Envisioning the Bloomingdale: 5 Concepts (Chicago Architecture Club, 2009) and 306090 vol. 09, Regarding Public Space, with Cecilia Benites (PA Press, 2005).

Her writing has appeared in venues from Cabinet to Volume and as chapters in edited anthologies on landscape and mobility networks. In 2015 she collaborated with Dyehouse Films to produce We Built This City: Chicago, a short film about the I+M canal, in association with IAF and ID 2015. Research and design, produced by her practice, CLUAA, has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, University College Dublin, The Lisbon Architecture Triennale and the forthcoming Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. She is an Associate Professor at the UIC School of Architecture and also taught at Syracuse University, University of Toronto and Harvard University. She received a BArch from UCD Dublin and her March from Yale University.

 Design Matters Lecture - Logistics and Space

Logistical flows are pivotal to our lifestyle. Priority shipping is common practice; messaging in real time with a friend in a remote location is taken for granted; millisecond transmission signals are elementary, and ordering goods with an app for home delivery within an hour is becoming routine. Everyday we become more entangled with the convenient, yet increasingly abstract procedures of logistical regimes (from online shopping to shared infrastructure) and the corporate actors (Amazon.com to Uber) that make them possible.

The lecture presents research on the technologies, spaces and procedures of contemporary logistical networks and, more significantly, the implications of these for architecture and urbanism. Focus will be on a recent book by Clare, titled, Learning From Logistics: How Networks Change our Cities (Birkhäuser, 2016); as well as exhibition installations and speculative design projects that leverage logistical intelligence for new configurations of urban space. The presentation argues that building is no longer the primary integer of urbanism, instead, the components that now inform urbanity are tags, codes, apps and algorithms. Within this context, the lecture aims to theorize and construct a framework (a guidebook) for the logistical condition.  


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