Inaugural Lecture - Prof. Charlotte Malterre-Barthes


Event details

Date 29.03.2023
Hour 17:3018:45
Speaker Charlotte Malterre-Barthes
Location Online
Category Inaugural lectures - Honorary Lecture
Event Language English
Date: 29 March 2023
Time: 17:30 - 18:45
Introductions by the Dean, lectures by Prof. Charlotte Malterre-Barthes and Prof. Gabriele Manoli. Followed by an Apero.
Place: CO2
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"Architecture: Designing Non-Extractive Futures"

The construction sector is one of the main drivers of mineral extraction and global warming. The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report is explicit: “We are not on track to achieve a climate resilient, sustainable world.” To face our role in the multiple crises, design disciplines must correct course to enter the production of non-extractive futures—while repairing the damage. Coming from a place of hope, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes will discuss her research, pedagogy, and design approach for architecture and urban design—and how design can harness its organizing and creative abilities to challenge the current modus operandi of space production and global construction.

About the speaker
Charlotte Malterre-Barthes is an architect, urban designer, and Assistant Professor of Architectural and Urban Design at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (ENAC- EPFL). Most recently Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Malterre-Barthes’ interests are related to urgent aspects of contemporary urbanization, material extraction, climate emergency, and ecological/social justice. In 2020, she started the initiative ‘A Moratorium on New Construction’, interrogating current development protocols. A founding member of the Parity Group (Prix Meret Oppenheim 2023) and of the Parity Front, activist networks dedicated to equality in architecture, Malterre-Barthes received a Ph.D. from ETH Zurich on the political economy of commodities in the built environment, while directing there the MAS Urban Design. She is the co-author of prize-winning books Migrant Marseille: Architectures of Social Segregation and Urban Inclusivity (2020), Some Haunted Spaces in Singapore (2018), and Housing Cairo: The Informal Response (2016), among others.


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