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Nicholas de Monchaux, architect, writer and associate professor of architecture and urban design at the University of California, Berkeley, will lecture at 5:30 p.m. Monday, February 27, at UT’s College of Architecture and Design as part of the college’s 2016–17 Robert B. Church Memorial Lecture Series.

De Monchaux will present “Local Code: 3,659 Proposals about Data, Design, and the Nature of Cities” in the McCarty Auditorium, Room 109 in the Art and Architecture Building.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It offers continuing education units and will be streamed live.

With three billion more humans projected to be living in cities by 2050, all design is increasingly urban design. Based on 3,659 design proposals for vacant sites in New York City; San Francisco; Los Angeles; and Venice, Italy, the lecture will address a collection of data-driven tools and design prototypes for understanding and transforming the physical, social, and ecological resilience of cities.

De Monchaux’s design work has been exhibited at Biennial of the Americas, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Lisbon Architecture Triennial, and the Venice Architecture Biennale. His work has been supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Hellman Family Fund, the Smithsonian Institution, and others.

He is the author of Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo and Local Code: 3,659 Proposals About Data, Design, and the Nature of Cities. He holds degrees from Yale University and Princeton University. He also serves as the director of the Berkeley Center for New Media and is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome.

For 43 years, UT’s College of Architecture and Design has hosted leading architects and design professionals through its Robert B. Church Memorial Lecture Series to enrich the education of its students and elevate the profession in the community. In 2016–17, more than a dozen professionals from around the world will lecture at the college.



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