APRIL 1 & 2, 2020

Features and Seminars - April 2019

The Architecture of Discomfort

We should all be grateful for the architects and designers of this world. They are the people who help to make our environment more comfortable and convenient. But what about the times when, by design or neglect, they create things that are uncomfortable and downright inconvenient? Should we be grateful for that too? The answer in many cases is yes. Discomfort is an important and, at times, a necessary part of our existence. In this seminar, we will look at everything from the moral implications of “ugly” architecture to the psychological benefits of design that is unsettling and possibly terrifying.

Presented by Gordon S. Grice, OAA, FRAIC

Gordon is a freelance architectural illustrator, writer, editor and communications strategist. He is editor of the Pro-Demnity newsletter The Straight Line, and the built environment quarterly journal The Right Angle (www.therightanglejournal.com). Gordon is a frequent speaker and contributor to books and journals on subjects that include architecture, the environment, drawing and writing. Gordon is a member of the Massey College Quadrangle Society and is a recipient of the OAA Order of Da Vinci medal and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators.






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