Brown Bag Lecture: Plastics Now

Lunchtime Lectures
Monday, December 5, 2016
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

Please join us for a talk with Billie Faircloth, an architect and a guest lecturer.

In her lecture Billie Faircloth will discuss the use of plastics in architecture over time. She will draw from her recent book, Plastics Now: On Architecture’s Relationship to a Continuously Emerging Material, to address one primary question: why do we build with plastics the way that we do?

Faircloth is a practicing architect and partner at KieranTimberlake, where she leads transdisciplinary research, design, and problem-solving processes across fields including environmental management, chemical physics, materials science, and architecture. She fosters collaboration among trades, academies, and industries in order to define a relevant problem-solving boundary for the built environment.

Faircloth has published and lectured internationally on themes including research methods for transdisciplinary and transscalar design practices; the production of new knowledge on materials, climate, and thermodynamic phenomena through the design of novel methods, tools, and workflows; and the history of plastics in architecture to demonstrate how architecture’s “posture” toward transdisciplinary practices and new knowledge has changed over time.