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Scott Francisco Lecture - Architecture and Systems Thinking

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21c Museum Hotel Louisville

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Louisville, KY 40202

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Architecture and Systems Thinking: How architects are uniquely trained to contribute to solving today's complex global challenges.

Scott will speak about the emergence and urgency of “systems thinking” in global leadership and development discourse, and how architects can use their unique skillset to add value, create solutions and bring about lasting change in these areas. He will speak about his work in Montreal, New York City and around the world that combines architecture, urbanism, infrastructure, culture, design process, research and systems thinking. Project examples will include:

● Cities4Forests

● The Future of Forest work and Communities

● Wood at Work

● Respect the Fountains

● The Trinity Centers Trust

● Brooklyn Bridge Forest

● The Sandbox

Concepts for design practice will include:

● Participatory design

● Rethinking ownership of design outcomes

● Alternative fees and funding models

● Social Systems Matrix: Culture as an infrastructure

Scott Francisco is the Founder of Pilot Projects Design Collective, which helps people and organizations envision new futures and redesign their infrastructure, environments and culture systems. He works in the fields of architecture, urbanism, systems thinking, organizational and community development, integrative environmental restoration and sustainability. Scott holds Architecture degrees from M.I.T. and the University of Toronto and has taught at McGill University, Stanford in New York, The Michael Graves College of Design, Parsons the New School for Design and UK College of Architecture. He speaks and writes regularly on sustainability, architecture and participatory design. Clients have included, Lower East Side Business improvement district,the City of Westmount (Montreal), PARTNERS Reforestation Network, Saint Laurent Paris, The anglican Diocese of Montreal, The Smithsonian Institute, US GSA, Princeton University, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Hearst Media, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, charity: water, and many more.


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