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Lithium Territories: Manufacturing and Distribution – Virtual Symposium

October 5, 2023 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Lithium Territories, a collaboration between the University of Virginia, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and the University of Michigan, investigates the lithium life cycle and its global environmental and social impact. Through this transformative learning experience, students address challenges posed by the lithium industry’s explosive growth through both research and design. The project comprises two research studio courses, one seminar, and a symposium.

Lithium Territories is sponsored courtesy of the Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation (CGII) at the University of Virginia.

Meeting ID: 915 6777 0215 Passcode: Lithium


María Arquero de Alarcón is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Michigan Taubman College. Her work examines the socio-environmental aspects of contemporary urban transformations in the territory, the changing meaning of place over time, and the role of different agents in devising more just urban futures.


Matthew Seibert is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia. Matthew’s Atlas of Material Worlds: Mapping the Agency of Matter and his new book project, tentatively titled The Dark Side of Green: A Narrative Atlas of the Costs and Cautions behind our Clean Energy Utopia, employ alternative methodologies and immersive representational tools to cultivate a pluralistic understanding of being in the world.

Marina Otero Verzier is Head of the MA Social Design Masters at Design Academy Eindhoven. She has received Harvard’s Wheelwright prize for Future Storage: Architectures to Host the Metaverse, a project that reimagines digital infrastructures to meet the unprecedented world demands of our times. Marina was the exhibition curator of Compulsive Desires: On Lithium Extraction and Rebellious Mountains, and co-editor of Lithium: States of Exhaustion.

Scott Campbell is an Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan Taubman College. A Senior Fellow at the Michigan Society of Fellows, he specializes in planning theory, sustainability, economic development, and regional planning. His publications include The Rise of the Gunbelt: The Military Remapping of Industrial America and Readings in Planning Theory / Readings in Urban Theory.


October 5, 2023
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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