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Emerging Voices Lecture: Tarek Rakha, "Performative Built Environments: Transdisciplinary Necessity in the Age of Climate Change"

November 10, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Emerging Voices Lecture: Tarek Rakha, “Performative Built Environments: Transdisciplinary Necessity in the Age of Climate Change”

The Planning and Architecture Research Group (P+ARG) will commence its 2017-2018 events with an Emerging Voices (EV) lecture by Tarek Rakha, Assistant Professor at Syracuse Architecture and Faculty Research Fellow at the Syracuse Center of Excellence.
People currently live in urban areas more than ever before in human history. Cities are built and continue to grow at an unprecedented rate, along with a myriad of negative effects linked to urban living that supports technology, not people. These include declining human health due to automobile dependency, reliance on fossil fuels and non-renewable energy, building energy inefficiency and consequent increase in carbon emissions, and its effect on climate change. Buildings account for an approximate range between one third and one half of greenhouse gas production in cities around the world, and the role architects play in mitigating built environment impacts through design is critical. This talk, therefore, focuses on demonstrating scholarship and teaching pursuits that aim at influencing architecture, urban design and planning practices through three mediums of investigation: sustainable urban mobility and outdoor thermal comfort; daylighting and energy efficiency in buildings; and ageing building envelope diagnostics using drones. The work is pursued collaboratively with engineers, psychologists and computer scientists, as the complexity of the research questions pursued necessitates a transdisciplinary approach to scholarship at the time where humanity is facing the unequivocal risk of climate change.

Tarek Rakha is an architect, building scientist and an educator, and is leading scholarship in the field of sustainability in architecture and urbanism. As founder and director of the Performative Praxis Lab (PPL), he leads efforts in the acquisition and implementation of scholarly collaborations, including multiple externally sponsored research projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Sage Glass and Gryphon Sensors. In recognition of his teaching excellence pursuits, he was awarded a Syracuse University Innovative Program Development Fund. He is also General Chair for the Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD 2018) in TU Delft, and a Scientific Track Chair for the 7th International Building Physics Conference (IBPC 2018). Dr. Rakha holds a Building Technology PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Before joining Syracuse University, he taught at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and MIT.  

Prior to his talk Performative Built Environments: Transdisciplinary Necessity in the Age of Climate Change, P+ARG will also hold a doctoral colloquium with Prof. Rakha to discuss possibilities and impact of public scholarship within the field of building technology. 

EV doctoral colloquium with Tarek Rakha, “Transdisciplinary Horizons: Public Scholarship and Building Technology Research”
November 10, 2017 | 1 – 3 PM, Doctoral Lab
Lunch will be provided
Please RSVP: parg-taub@umich.edu 

This colloquium and lecture are part of P+ARG’s Emerging Voices Lecture Series supported by Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop. P+ARG is an interdisciplinary research group created by and for the doctoral students at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. P+ARG’s main purpose is to enhance the social and academic experiences of research students in the college. Our Emerging Voices (EV) lecture series has brought more than a dozen outstanding scholars to campus since its inception in 2009. 


November 10, 2017
6:00 pm