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University of Texas at Austin

November 22, 2011

Lois Weinthal, associate professor and graduate advisor for the Master of Interior Design Program, is pleased to announce the release of "After Taste: Expanded Practices in Interior Design," co-edited with Kent Kleinman and Joanna Merwood-Salisbury, published by Princeton Architectural Press.

After Taste is comprised of texts, interviews, and portfolios that collectively document new theories and emerging critical practices in the field of interior design. The book's central argument is that the field of interior design is inadequately served by its historical reliance on taste-making and taste-makers, and, more recently from a set of theoretical concerns derived from architecture. The volume seeks to set an expanded frame by advancing new voices and perspectives in both the theory and practice of interior design, considered as an independent discipline. After Taste offers expansive views of interior studies, highlights emerging areas of research, identifies allied practices, and makes public its under-explored territory.

Professor David Heymann presented a lecture called "Landscape Is Our Sex," about the strange rhetoric of landscape used by architects, at the Iowa State University College of Design. 

Professor Larry Speck lectured on "Teaching Creative Problem Solving," as part of the Discovery Learning Luncheon Seminars series hosted by the Office of the Provost and the Center for Teaching and Learning. Speck explains, "Educating the next generation to maximize creative thinking requires stimulating the whole brain—encouraging both right brain and left brain thinking. [... we must go beyond focused training for specific jobs and help create graduates who can think broadly and solve problems creatively." 

BEYOND LEED: REGENERATIVE DESIGN SYMPOSIUM

Friday, January 27 – Saturday, January 28

Mebane Gallery, Goldsmith Hall

The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture 

The "Beyond LEED" Symposium will focus on the themes, issues, and design approaches to sustainability not yet captured by LEED and other existing rating systems.

During the two-day symposium, nationally and internationally known designers, advocates, and scholars will present their visions of sustainable design and participate in dialogue about the next generation of green building strategies, standards, certification, and performance evaluation. 

Invited speakers include:

*  Scott Horst, United States Green Building Council

*  AIA representative, American Institute of Architects

*  Bill Browning, Terrapin

*  Bob Berkebile, BNIM

*  Werner Lang, Technical University Munich

*  David Heymann, The University of Texas at Austin

*  Danielle Pieranunzi, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

*  Leslie Moody, The Partnership for Working Families

*  Reid Ewing, The University of Utah

*  Raymond Cole, The University of British Columbia

The panelists will be moderated by Mike Conroy, an internationally recognized expert in certification and standard development, and principal of Colibrí Consulting - Certification for Sustainable Development, and author of Branded. 

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