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2016 AIABaltimore and BAF Spring Lecture Series 4: The Beauty of Process: Mark Smout, Smout Allen
April 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
1.5 AIA/HSW LUs available
This year, the AIABaltimore and Baltimore Architecture Foundation Spring Lecture Series will take a critical look at Manufacturing Beauty.
Beauty has the power to arouse the senses and create a greater capacity for empathy. However, our modern understanding of beauty still tends to be limited and undervalued. We live in an era where everything is measured, material goods are prized and impersonal exchanges are the norm. And yet, beauty in the built environment can still move us and teach us something new about ourselves and the spaces we inhabit. At a time when efficiency, expense and the bottom line are often project drivers, has beauty for beauty’s sake become a lost model from a bygone era?
What is the value of beauty? This series highlights designers working to answer this question through science, details, place, process, and innovation.
Beauty of PROCESS
Featuring: Mark Smout of Smout Allen, London, UK
Mark Smout is a Senior lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, and the co-principal, with his partner Laura Allen, of the conceptual design research practice, Smout Allen. Smout Allen’s work operates in two modes: exploration of new design methodologies through competition briefs, and speculative design research projects that allow them deploy and test these ideas in a less restricted format. Their work operates at the scale of entire landscapes, exploring the interplay between the natural and the man-made. These projects operate in a “neo-natural” mode, positing that unique combinations of the natural and the technologic create a hybrid state defined by the contrasts and synergies present in such a scenario.
Smout Allen’s work is created through multi-media processes, often beginning with complex drawings and transforming into three dimensional mixed media constructions that are striking in their visual and information density.
All AIA lecturers begin at 6pm and are followed by a reception. They are held at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Falvey Hall of the Brown Center.
100 Free parking spots will be available in the RK&K parking lot their address is : 81 W Mosher St, Baltimore.
Its at the East end of Mosher Street, one block East of Mt. Royal Avenue and accessible from the northbound lane only. The lot will close at 9pm.
Image: #LATB, Los Angeles, California, 2016. Courtesy Smout Allen.