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Sustainable Design: A conversation with CDes dean Tom Fisher
December 10, 2008

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Join us for a discussion about design as a super power that can maybe save humanity. This will be a talk about big ideas in design, that while perhaps not immediately applicable to your day-to-day work, will get you thinking about problem-solving and sustainable design in long-term, big-picture ways.

Based on his new book, Architectural Design and Ethics, Thomas Fisher, Dean of the College of Design, will look at how design and ethics offer ways in which our global population can deal with the resource scarcities and climate changes that will confront us in the coming decades. A key concept is that of resiliency, which will influence how we design and how we deal with the ethical challenges of resource allocation in an over-populated world.

Thomas Fisher is a Professor and Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. Educated at Cornell University in architecture and Case Western Reserve University in intellectual history, he previously served as the Regional Preservation Officer at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, the Historical Architect of the Connecticut State Historical Commission in Hartford, and the Editorial Director of Progressive Architecture magazine in Stamford, Connecticut. He has lectured or juried at 35 different schools of architecture and 58 professional societies, and has published 34 book chapters and 247 major articles in various magazines and journals. He has published five books over the last eight years: In the Scheme of Things, Alternative Thinking on the Practice of Architecture; Salmela Architect; Lake/Flato Buildings and Landscapes; Designing for Designers; and Architectural Design and Ethics, Tools for Survival.


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