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Joyce Sutphen

Joyce Sutphen grew up on a farm in Stearns County, Minnesota. She is an award-winning poet who teaches literature and creative writing at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. She is the second Minnesota Poet Laureate, succeeding Robert Bly. Her fourth collection, First Words, was published in 2010; in March, 2012, House of Possibility, a letter press edition of poems, was published by Accordion Press; and her latest collection, After Words, was published in May, 2013. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, Minnesota Monthly, and others. She has had work featured in Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry, and on The Writer’s Almanac. She has also been a guest on A Prairie Home Companion, hosted by Garrison Keillor.

Interlude Poetry
LSDR 26 is excited to have Joyce Sutphen as our Interlude Speaker through which she will share her stories about writing poetry. Joyce will explain how poetry uses form to contain ideas, images, and emotion. She will discuss the basic principles of specific poetic shapes in terms of design. She will describe how visual ideas are expressed in words, especially focusing on place and physical space. Discover the relationship between known work (poems and designs) and creating new ones. And finally, learn how ekphrastic poetry might inspire architectural creations.


Rob Cotter and C. Michael Lewis

Rob Cotter is CEO and Founder of Organic Transit and creator of the ELF, a solar assisted pedal powered vehicle designed for urban mobility. Filling the space between a bicycle and a car, the ELF is legally a bicycle, carries 8 bags of groceries and gets the equivalent of 1800 mpg.

Rob began his career working on race cars for Porsche and BMW but became captivated with the potential of ultra-efficiency with the development of the Gossamer Condor, the first pedal powered aircraft. He’s created 60+ mph tricycles, directed the first solar car races in the US, and built numerous unconventional vehicles. He served as an advisor to Gov. Jerry Brown, was a Creative Director, documentary producer, and headed environmental and human rights campaigns for The Body Shop.

C. Michael Lewis is a freelance illustrator, designer and painter in Portland, ME with backgrounds in architecture, planning, engineering, and advertising. While architectural renderings have been the mainstay of his career, his involvement with alternative transportation led him to design, build and race electric vehicles. He currently holds the national record for one-horsepower battery electric streamliners — 62 miles in one hour, or the equivalent of 2370 mpg.

Getting There: Creating a vehicle for a rapidly changing climate
The planet’s changing climate is a relatively new phenomenon and is closely associated with modern society’s dependence on the petroleum economy. How this can be turned around is primarily a lifestyle change: what are the foods we eat and where do they come from? Are the goods we consume local in origin and how do they get here? What role do individuals play in determining their personal conduct and energy consumption?

Tough choices need to be made. Appropriate technology is available, yet is often overlooked or squelched in the corporate stream for a variety of reasons. Consumer products that go well beyond sustainability but lead to environmental prosperity will be necessary in the very near future.

Organic Transit set about creating the most efficient vehicle possible not as an exercise, but as a new consumer product. A product that no car company or even bicycle company would dare produce and yet, is proving to be enormously popular, economical and practical.

Rob Cotter & Michael Lewis will take us through the history, available technology, design criteria, materials and manufacturability of creating the ELF and the family of vehicles that fill the space between a bicycle and a car.


Christopher Haas, AIA

Christopher Haas, AIA, is a San Francisco based architect and founder of HAAS Architecture. HAAS Architecture is a unique, award-winning design studio and the recipient of the AIA San Francisco’s 2012 and 2013 Excellence in Architecture Awards. His diverse range of work includes arts & cultural venues, galleries, homes, interiors, installations, furniture and fashion design. The studio’s work has won multiple awards and appeared in numerous publications.

In 2009, Haas received the Artist Collaboration Award from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation & the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, to collaborate with visionary ballet choreographer, Alonzo King of LINES Ballet and legendary Grammy-award winning musician Mickey Hart to create a new ballet exploring the intersections of architecture and movement. The resultant work, “Triangle of the Squinches”, earned him the prestigious Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Content, one of dance’s highest honors and the first architect to ever win the award.

Triangle of the Squinches: a collaborative ballet

Thrill Seeking — Collaborative Exploration and the Unexpected Third
San Francisco architect, Christopher Haas will discuss his escapades and award-winning cross-disciplinary artistic collaborations working with artists, choreographers, musicians and other architects to create new works that redefine how we perceive what can be regarded as architecture. He’ll examine several recent projects and discuss how challenging oneself, by being challenged by another collaborator and working outside of one’s comfort zone, not only results in fear and episodes of panic, but new and unexpected works that surpass what could be conceived of by a sole contributor. Chris will discuss the role of this explorative and collaborative process within and outside of the architectural profession.

Eric Gjerde

Eric Gjerde is a paper artist who explores shape and structure using complex folding techniques that he developed through years of experimentation. His main focus lies in tessellations — repeating patterns and forms that extend infinitely — and in sacred geometry, the underlying meanings and methods in traditional geometric designs and architecture.

He began his journey into the world of paper 10 years ago, returning to a childhood love of paper in an effort to restore his creative spirits. This led to a deeper appreciation for the beauty of origami through exploring and researching new areas of folding, resulting in the publication of his popular book Origami Tessellations: Awe-Inspiring Geometric Designs. These days, Eric travels widely sharing his unique folding techniques around the world through lectures, hands-on workshops, and art exhibitions.

Folding Geometries — The World of Origami
Folded paper has a long history as a handicraft, but in the last few decades it has exploded into a fanciful world of complex art forms. Intricately detailed animals, geometric polyhedra with hundreds of facets, elaborate tessellated surfaces that recreate tilings from the Alhambra — all of these are artworks being created every day by a large community of enthusiastic folders from around the world.

Eric will share with you his passion for paperfolding, discussing his work and his involvement in building a global origami community around the ethos of sharing and collaborative development. Featuring examples of artworks from Eric and other paper artists, we will explore the journey paperfolding has taken from the simple models of schoolchildren to today’s modern creations that take hundreds of hours and thousands of folds to create.

Lucas Westcott

Lucas Westcott has an MS in Natural Resource Policy and Law from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He focused his research on social conflict involving federal land management. Lucas has served as a Park Ranger with the National Park Service at Badlands National Park, Lincoln Home National Historic Site and most recently at Isle Royale National Park. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Illinois at Springfield, where he taught environmental philosophy and ethics. Most recently Lucas worked as a research associate at the Isle Royale Institute at Michigan Technological University compiling a legislative and administrative history of Isle Royale National Park’s wilderness designation.

Wilderness as Designed Landscape: An Isle Royale Case Study
On the surface “wilderness management” might seem a paradoxical idea. But wilderness areas on federal public lands are spaces which are actively managed to help maintain and preserve a suite of ecological, cultural and experiential values. This presentation will discuss the evolving meanings of wilderness, how these ideas in combination with ecological, and other considerations, form the basis for contemporary wilderness management on public lands and how our changing understandings of ecological processes, and our own place in the world, are challenging some of our most fundamental beliefs about our most wild places. The culmination of this discussion will be a look at how these ideas play out on one of the midwest’s most well known wilderness areas, Isle Royale National Park.



Chuck Hoberman
Chuck Hoberman is the founder of Hoberman Associates. Through his products, patents, and structures, Hoberman demonstrates how objects can be foldable, retractable, or shape-shifting. His multidisciplinary practice utilizes transformable principles for a wide range of applications including consumer products, deployable shelters and structures for aerospace.

Examples of his commissioned work include the transforming video screen for the U2 360° world tour, the Hoberman Arch installed as the centerpiece for the Winter Olympic Games (2002), as well as exhibits at a number of major museums.

In 2008, he formed the Adaptive Building Initiative (ABI), with the global engineering firm, Buro Happold. This joint venture develops adaptive technologies for the built environment and has built a series of architectural installations including dynamic facades and operable roofs in the US, Japan and the Mideast.

Hoberman holds over twenty patents for his transformable inventions, and has won numerous awards for his designs. He a visiting instructor at both Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, the MIT Computer and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and is a visiting scholar at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

Transformable: Building structures that change themselves
Physical transformation is all around us in nature, constant and ubiquitous. Yet architectural design remains focused on structures that are essentially static. How can we understand transformation itself as a design parameter that can be shaped, crafted and optimized?

Inventor Chuck Hoberman will speak about his pioneering work in Transformable Design with projects that range from public art to kinetic facades to dynamic sets for live entertainment. He will discuss the process of realizing large-scale transformable structures, starting from inventive concept through engineering and fabrication.

Hoberman will give an overview of his methods to create objects that controllably change their size, shape and surface. These methods are based on his unique, patented structural systems that have inherent modes of transformable behavior (e.g. expansion, surface modulation, shape-morphing).




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