Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Faculty Scholar Seminar

"Mapping Architecture's Social Entrepreneurial Networks"

Sharon Haar, AIA
UIC Associate Professor, School of Architecture

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 2:00pm

Great Cities Institute, CUPPAH 400
412 South Peoria, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60607
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In this seminar, Haar will discuss how the development of a "networked public sphere" (Yochai Benkler) is producing new forms of social entrepreneurship in architecture that are reviving, extending, and transforming community-based architectural practices initiated in the 1960s. Capable of mobilizing large numbers of architects across the globe for direct action on the ground in cities as diverse as Biloxi, Mississippi and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, these networked organizations are building new linkages between architects and potential clients, designers and NGOs, human needs and community capacities. Haar will explore how network-based technologies are transforming design-based movements and will outline a framework for assessing the productivity and sustainability of these practices. Haar's research and teaching focuses on urban design and theory, schools and urban development, globalization, and housing design.

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