Lines are powerful; they are the tools we use to change the world. Sketches and technical drawings articulate our visions of the future. Charts and graphs reveal trends and lead to action. Art inspires. Yet, our practices are inconsistent with the pressing demands of global trends, and our visions are incomplete, failing to inspire across generations.
Inflection points signify pivotal shifts in the direction of those lines, a fundamental change of pace in the variables at its core, a new perspective. In linguistics, inflections alter the structure of words to signal distinctions in case, gender, number, tense, person, mood, or voice. As we stand on the verge of a new horizon, our trajectory must reorient, our stride must reflect the urgency embedded in the unforgiving social and environmental currents we face, and our profession must shapeshift to celebrate and amplify the diverse voices and unique perspectives that define its community—users, learners, practitioners, and educators alike.
“Inflections: becoming what is yet to be” is an international summit that delves into the intersecting inflection points of environmental and social trends, innovative forms of practice, and artificial intelligence. On the threshold of what is yet to come, we convene to critically interrogate and reshape the future of architectural education, nurturing generations of paradigm shifters equipped to bend our destiny. At “Inflections,” we delve into three distinct yet interrelated tracks: