Todd Lecture: Rachel Armstrong “Icological Cities”

Tonight, Norwich University will present Dr. Rachel Armstrong for the latest entry in the Todd Lecture Series. Her talk, titled “Icological Cities”, will take place in the school’s Plumley Armory at 7pm.

From the school’s press release:

Armstrong is a co-director of Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research (AVATAR) specializing in architecture and synthetic biology at the Department of Architecture and Landscape, University of Greenwich, London. Her TED lecture titled “Architecture that repairs itself?” has received more than 750,000 views.

Armstrong is investigating a new approach to building materials called “living architecture,” a movement that suggests buildings can share properties of living systems.

Frequently regarded as a pioneer, Armstrong is named among the 2014 Citizens of the Next Century. She also appeared in the “Wired” 2013 Smart List and among the 2013 “ICON” magazine 50. In 2012, “Director” magazine called her one of the ten people in the UK that may shape the UK’s recovery, and “Chick Chip” magazine recognized her as one of the year’s nine most inspiring women. In 2011, the BBC “Focus” magazine placed her in a list of “big ideas, ten original thinkers.”

The event will be livestreamed on the school’s website. Watch it here at 7pm EST.

You can also watch Armstrong’s TED Talk, which is pretty interesting.

The Todd series is a fantastic offering from the University, and just about every single one I’ve gone to is enlightening and interesting, opening my mind up to new things and new perspectives.

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