Conference by the architect and engineer Lydia Kallipoliti

15 May 24
Location Elisava (La Rambla, 30-32), Sala Aleix Carrió (1st floor)
Schedule At 7:30 pm

The architect and engineer Lydia Kallipoliti visits Elisava to offer the conference ‘Histories of Ecological Design: An Unfinished Cyclopedia’, organized by the Master in Ephemeral Architecture and Temporary Spaces.

‘Histories of Ecological Design’ presents conflicting definitions and concepts of architects and designers and the parallel histories of their intellectual positions toward environmental thought from the 19th century to today. To survey the formation of this field, the context is not exclusively examined chronologically, but also in connected worldviews, each rendering evolving perceptions of nature, its relation to culture, and the occupation of the planet by human and non-human subjects.

The book showcases that ecological design starts with the reconceptualization of the world as a complex system of flows rather than a discrete compilation of objects, which visual artist and theorist György Kepes has described as one of the fundamental reorientations of the 20th century.

About Lydia Kallipoliti

Lydia Kallipoliti is an architect, engineer, and scholar whose research focuses on the intersections of architecture, technology, and environmental politics. She is an Associate Professor at the Cooper Union in New York and the author of The Architecture of Closed Worlds (2018) and Histories of Ecological Design (2024).

Her work has been awarded, published, and exhibited widely including the Venice Biennial, the Istanbul Design Biennial, the Shenzhen Biennial, the Oslo Architecture Trienalle, the Lisbon Triennale, the Royal Academy of British Architects, the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York and the London Design Museum.

She is head of ANAcycle research think tank and Head Co-Curator of the 2022 Tallinn Architecture Biennale. Kallipoliti holds a Diploma in Architecture and Engineering from AUTh in Greece, a Master of Science (SMArchS) from MIT and a PhD from Princeton University.