In celebration of Earth Day 2015, The New School's Tishman Environment and Design Center (TEDC) hosts Earth Matters: Designing our Future, a daylong event featuring workshops, pop up classes, and discussions on climate action and sustainability spanning the disciplines. Culminating in a keynote presentation by Rhea Suh, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council, and a creative presentation and musical performance by DJ Spooky, the event highlights TEDC's bold integration of design, policy, and social justice approaches to environmental issues.
TED (C) Talks: #Earth Matters
To highlight Tishman Environment and Design Center (TEDC)'s bold integration of design, policy, and social justice approaches to environmental issues, this special evening event will feature a keynote presentation by Rhea Suh, President of the Natural Resource Defense Council and a creative presentation and performance by DJ Spooky, 2014 National Geographic Emerging Explorer.
Additional presenters include:
David Van Zandt, President of The New School;
Michelle DePass, TEDC Director and Dean of Milano School of International Affairs, Urban Policy and Management;
Joel Towers, Executive Dean of Parsons The New School for Design;
Colleen Macklin, Associate Professor at Parsons The New School for Design;
Tanya Kalmanovitch, Faculty and Coordinator of Entrepreneurship, Mannes College the New School for Music; and
Amos Lee, violinist and Christine Chen, cellist from Mannes College the New School for Music.
Katherine Willis, Student at Milano
Location: John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cellist from Mannes College the New School for Music
Dean's Office, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School
Faculty and Coordinator of Entrepreneurship, Mannes College the New School for Music
Violinist from Mannes College the New School for Music
Associate Professor at Parsons The New School for Design
Paul D'Shonne Miller. Hip-hop artist
The New School has appointed Joel Towers as the Interim Dean of Parsons The New School for Design. Towers came to The New School in 2004 in a new role as director of Sustainable Design and Urban Ecology. In 2006, he became the inaugural director of the Tishman Environment and Design Center and Associate Provost for Environmental Studies. He helped to design the new university-wide Environmental Studies degrees that are now jointly offered by Parsons and Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts. This innovative undergraduate program goes beyond natural ecology and resource conservation, emphasizing urban ecosystems, sustainable design, and public policy.
Prior to joining The New School, Towers taught in Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, developing cross-disciplinary teaching and research focused on sustainability and urban ecology in relation to urban design and architecture. A practicing architect for the past two decades, Joel co-founded the firm Sislian, Rothstein and Towers (SR+T Architects) with Karla Rothstein. For several years the firm maintained offices in New York and Berlin. Today the work generated through SR+T continues in new collaborations that extend the realm of traditional practice into construction, materials development, real estate development, and sustainable design. Joel received his Masters in Architecture from Columbia University and his B.S. in Architecture from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.