Kyna Leski Speaking at AFTERTASTE 2015: Inside Imagination

By Architecture Department | Mar 17, 2015
Seed-pod of a Dream House, Kyna Leski (2000)

Seed-pod of a Dream House, Kyna Leski (2000)

Architecture Professor Kyna Leski participated in the 2015 AFTERTASTE symposium, which was hosted and organized by the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons. The symposium asks,

What does it take to imagine? We live in an era of environmental crisis and political unrest when complex systems and data analysis dictate projections of an uncertain future. Interiorists study existing places and are charged with imagining new worlds. In AfterTaste 2015, we draw inspiration from artists, educators, writers, and scientists who work to transcend what we know, to catapult culture into areas inspired and new.

Designers and thinkers who cultivate the imagination conjure futures, thinking beyond problem solving to that which has not existed before. What is the spark that creates new possibilities? How can we promote and develop imaginations that can envision and create interiors for an unknown future, rather than being beholden to the past? How can we cultivate the unknown in a culture increasingly defined by big data and digital devices of distraction?

Leski, who is publishing a book on this subject, Creativity’s Arc (MIT Press), was joined by musician and writer Daniel Carter, fashion designer Gary Graham, drummer and percussionist Mathias Kunzli, historian Joan Richards, teaching artist and performer Jean Taylor, lighting designer Linnaea Tillett, storyteller and creative director Gael Towey, psychologist and pianist Michael Schober, and green chemistry founder John Warner. Her lecture and the panel discussion she participated in can be viewed below.

Spring 2017 Events

  • February 23, 6:30 PM Brett Schneider, Guy Nordenson and Associates & RISD Architecture
  • March 2, 6:30 PM at RISD Auditorium Petra Blaisse, Inside Outside, Hosted with INTAR, Textiles, RISD Museum
  • February 27, 6:30 PM Jeanette Kuo, Karamuk*Kuo
  • March 13, 6:30 PM Allan Wexler, Allan Wexler Studio, Hosted with ID
  • March 16, 6:30 PM Jarrett Walker, Jarrett Walker + Associates
  • April 3, 6:30 PM Kunle Adeyemi, NLÉ, Yoder Lecture
  • April 24, 6:30 PM Nader & Katie Faulkner, NADAAA, Shoemaker Lecture
  • May 11, 6:30 PM Shumi Bose, Central Saint Martins & Architectural Association

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