As a seminar conducted more through discussion than by lecture, this course elaborates the interaction between technology and culture. From the advent of steam power through the industrial revolution, we will trace the progression of philosophical and attitudinal culture. NO prior understanding of science, engineering, or mechanical details either is required, or developed except through common sense. Evolution of attitude and concept will suggest a method to address threats to our ways of living, applying social and environmental justice through the imperative of the climate emergency. No knowledge or expertise is required in any field, beyond an enquiring mind and a thirst for exploration. An extensive (100 page) outline and elaboration of the course will be supplied in digital format, with reading strongly recommended.
Instructor George Terrien is an architect with five decades of active practice. He founded a firm in Portland that grew to 45 people and specialized in the design of buildings, surroundings, and communities, and their interiors, highly varied among type and scale. Deeply involved in community affairs and education, George served as president of the Boston Architectural College, during his tenure the largest architectural design school in the country. He also led two national organizations primarily responsible for setting and administering architectural standards for education, admission, and conduct of practice. Having also served on numerous community boards and initiatives, he continues his work on sustainability in several public and private sectors.
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