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On the Edge of Future: Narratives of the Making of a City

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In collaboration with the Witte Museum, the Urban Future Lab — an interdisciplinary think-tank that functions as a research and teaching lab founded by Antonio Petrov, assistant professor in the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning — seeks to explore the rapidly changing dynamics of urban futures and how they relate to local currencies. In conjunction with the Witte’s upcoming Tricentennial exhibition, the Urban Future Lab and the Museum jointly present a speaker series, titled On the Edge of Future: Narratives of the Making of a City, that explores urban transformation processes and asks how public interest design can have agency in the metamorphosis of a city in transition.

On the Edge of Future: Narratives of the Making of a City, a three-part series, concludes with the third event, “Water,” on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 6pm, building on previous events exploring infrastructure and urban transformations.

Whether as commodified resource or the sustenance of creation, water plays a major role in the human imagination. San Antonio’s cultural history, not unlike that of many other cities, is based on how water and its operationalized forms have nourished the city’s (architectural) imaginary and shaped its identity. What frameworks can we create for water to unfold as commons in the future? How can we draw from its operationalized qualities but also mystical elements as we think about the spaces it can produce and how it may help us recover new narratives in the making of a future city? As the commodification of water has led to inequality, how do we foster a culture that recognizes the benefits of water as commons and the potential it has to shape social, cultural, political, and economic relations?

Speakers are Dr. Charles Porter, a water rights and real estate expert who is a Visiting Assistant Professor at St. Edward’s University; Frates Seeligson, the Director of Confluence Park who has managed the fundraising, construction, and programming of the park for the San Antonio River Foundation; Marise McDermott, President and CEO of the Witte Museum who will discuss the future of water in Texas and the museum’s Center for Rivers & Aquifers; and Dr. Antonio Petrov, who will introduce frameworks to recast water as a cultural commons rather than a commodity. Dr. Petrov will double as moderator, bringing the presented perspectives into local contexts to facilitate a discussion between the speakers and audience.

The event is FREE and open to the public. It will be held at 6 PM in the Prassel Auditorium at the Witte Museum. RSVP here: http://my.wittemuseum.org/auxiliary/Reserve.aspx?p=105192

Read more: https://www.urbanfuturelab.org/urban-future-lab-witte-museum-discuss-future-of-water-in-tricentennial-series/


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