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The time for “Do less harm” has passed. It’s time for the beginning of being; the beginning of a Living Future. Join us next April for Living Future 2015. We’ll explore a genuine sense of place and community as the bellwether of truly restorative design.

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Thursday, April 2 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Community, Culture, and Place: Empathy + Mindful Design in Practice

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Human-centered architecture depends on human-centered approaches to research and design. In order to authentically address community, culture and place, a designer must first tend to an inner world of mindfulness and possibility. By applying adapted forms of mindfulness practice and anthropological research methods, designers can better understand, empathize and operate within the communities they serve. Led by a Zen priest, a cultural ecologist and some curious architects, this session will guide participants through a series of inward-focused mindfulness exercises that will inform an outward-focused ethnographic workshop. Participants will develop mindfulness and embodied empathy skills that will transform their design practices.

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Jennifer Preston

Associate, Sustainable Design Director, BKSK Architects
Jennifer leads the development of sustainable architectural solutions at BKSK Architects where she implements practical integrations of resilient building ecologies. Jennifer’s research work at Columbia University and BKSK combines design, emergent science, simulation modeling and shared resource mapping to inspire future solutions in urban food production, global waste networks, micro remediation landscapes, and comprehensive redlist... Read More →

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Galen Cranz

Professor of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Galen Cranz, Professor of Architecture, is a sociologist, designer, and certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (a system of body-mind postural education).  She teaches the social and cultural components of environmental design, exemplified in Ethnography for Designers. She pioneered Body Conscious Design, based on how the body meets the environment.  She critiqued of the practice of chair sitting from a somatic point of view... Read More →
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David Goldberg

President, Mithun
David Goldberg is President at Mithun, an integrated design firm known nationwide for creating environmentally sensitive buildings and places. David is project director and lead designer on a wide range of educational, institutional, and corporate projects. David speaks nationally on sustainable integrated design and the integration of buildings and campuses into the educational process. He earned his architecture degrees from the University of... Read More →
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Eko Jeff Kelley

Zen Priest, Seattle Soto Zen
Eko Jeff Kelley has led the Seattle Soto Zen sangha in Seattle, WA since 2009.  Jeff began Zen practice in 1994 at Clouds in Water Zen Center in St. Paul, MN--an urban temple founded by two long-time students of Dainin Katagiri Roshi. He received formal Dharma Transmission from Byakuren Judith Ragir in 2013. Jeff worked as an architect for 25 years in Minnesota before becoming a full-time priest. Jeff has many years of... Read More →
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James Wilson

Sustainable Design Research Intern, BKSK Architects
James Wilson is an architectural researcher at BKSK Architects in New York City. His work focuses on ethnographic and embodied forms of design research and education. He was recently named the 2014 George G. Booth Traveling Fellow by University of Michigan. His project, concerned with the social culture of Denmark as it relates to social health and wellness, is entitled Hygge: The Phenomenology of Danish Social Space. The project will be... Read More →

Thursday April 2, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ravenna Room Sheraton Hotel

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