UB Architecture and Planning Lecture Series Opens Sept. 14

Canadian architect Philip Beesley asks how architecture might inspire our future

Release Date: September 12, 2011

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Toronto architect Philip Beesley, creator of the sculpture Hylozoic Soil, will open the School of Architecture and Planning Lecture Series.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Toronto architect Philip Beesley, known for his design of public and residential buildings as well as arresting and complex projects for exhibitions and arts performances, will inaugurate the 2011-12 University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning Lecture Series.

The inaugural lecture will take place Sept. 14 in 301 Crosby Hall, UB South Campus. It is free and open to the public.

This year, the series constitutes a year-long symposium on the theme of relocation, and Beesley's presentation, "Limbic Places," will explore the "in-between" places we inhabit and traverse when engaged in that process.

This is a region Beesley has explored in his sculpture, notably in "Hylozoic Soil," a place-like organism comprised of layers of man-made tendrils, fronds, webs, bladders and other structures -- all activated in the presence of visitors by embedded micro-controllers, proximity sensors and shape-memory alloy actuators.

Beesley, principal of Philip Beesley Architect Inc., Toronto, Ontario, teaches at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, and practices architecture and digital media art, and installations. His work can be seen at http://www.philipbeesleyarchitect.com/.

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