Dec 6, 02021: Architecture: A Deep Time Perspective

Dec 6, 02021: Architecture:  A Deep Time Perspective

PLEASE NOTE: In response to the increasing level of COVID cases in Massachusetts recently, we have decided to move the Long Now Boston Architecture Event on Monday Dec 6 to an all-virtual format. In-person tickets will be refunded, and you are invited to please join us online.

A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with Cristina Parreño Alonso, architect, educator, artist.

Date: Monday, Dec 6, 7:30 p.m. ET
Zoom room opens at 7:15 p.m. for music and slides
The conversation starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available on Eventbrite: 

We think of architecture as the buildings where we live and work.  We rarely think about those buildings from a deep time perspective, considering their complete life cycles and the roles they play in shaping human lives and human cultures.  Yet buildings define our physical spaces and shepherd us through our entire lives.  These ubiquitous, often dominating structures and spaces are largely taken for granted.

Cristina Parreño Alonso studies and teaches architecture from a deep time perspective, and she explores these ideas in her teaching, her design and in exhibited works in public spaces.  Her goal is to help our society understand and appreciate the deep time significance of the architectural landscape, in order to help us transform our relationships with the past and the future, with each other, and with the natural world.

Among the questions Cristina will explore include:

  • Materiality – where do all the materials in our buildings come from?  And where are they going?
  • Humanity – how does architectural design promote or undermine human relationships?  Can we do better?
  • Connectivity – why has architecture so often excluded and rejected nature?  Is there a better way to integrate humans and nature and reinforce their intimate and vital interconnectedness?

Please join Cristina and other long-term thinkers at this Long Now Boston Community Conversation on Monday December 6, to be held virtually via Zoom.

About the speaker:

Cristina Parreño Alonso is an architect, designer, and educator at the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT where her research Transtectonics explores cultural and environmental implications of expanded temporal sensibilities in architectural material practice. Her tectonic translations—material transfers across mediums and temporal scales, human and more-than-human—embody narratives that are told in the form of essays, exhibitions, and through architectural projects and installations that activate public spaces.

Her firm, Cristina Parreño Architecture, has won several awards and architectural competitions. In 2014 she obtained the European award “40 under 40”. In 2015 she was selected emerging firm at the “Design Boston Biennial” where she exhibited her piece “Tectonics of Transparency: The Tower”. In 2017 she was selected by the City of Boston to install the permanent art installation “Deep Time Stories of JP” in the Hyde Square of Jamaica Plain in Boston. Her work was on view at the Schusev State Museum of Architecture in Moscow, in 2020, and she is one of the architects exhibiting in La Biennale di Venezia, 2021. As well as MIT Cristina has taught design studios at the State University of NY at Buffalo and Harvard GSD.

We’re proud and excited to welcome Cristina to the Long Now Boston community.

Zoom login begins at 7:15 p.m.; the conversation begins at 7:30 p.m.

Join the conversation and be part of the solution.
$5 virtual. Members and students with ID admitted free.
Audience participation is encouraged.
If Eventbrite tickets sell out, seating for walk-ups will be unlikely to be available due to room size.

Cambridge Innovation Center is an in-kind sponsor of this Long Now Boston conversation. We are very grateful for their support.

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