7 p.m. | Zoom Webinar | Cost: FREE
Infrastructural Optimism: Design Strategies for Next Generation Systems
With a multitrillion-dollar infrastructure bill recently passed by Congress and threats of climate change more evident with every superlative weather event, flood, and forest fire, the urgency for geospatial thinkers, designers, and planners to be proactive participants in climate and equity solutions is stronger than ever. Infrastructural Optimism, Samuels’s recent book and the basis for this lecture, is based broadly on the concept that everyone deserves to believe in a better future – for themselves, our society, and the planet – and that the design and production of infrastructure, our largest public space, should be contributing to that better future rather than detracting from it. To shift the paradigm away from last generation infrastructure, designers must work collaboratively across disciplines, recognize the value of environmental interdependencies, and prioritize equitable investments to improve quality of life for all.