Vanishing Architecture: the Impact of Climate Change on Indigenous Cultures and the Vernacular Architecture of Nepal, Tibet, Mongolia, Patagonia, & Small Island Developing States
Climate change does not recognize social, economic, or political borders. Its effects have become a tangible reality for many people around the world. Joshua Lessard, and his team, have traveled countless miles, and captured on-camera, the beauty and the danger of shifting architectural traditions. Through this lecture and discussion, he will explore several of these stories and discover how deeply intertwined our societies are with their environments.
About Joshua Lessard, Assoc. AIA
Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Joshua has received several research grants focusing on the study of cultural heritage and environmental sustainability. He is a contributor to the expanded addition of the Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World (Bloomsbury Publishing), the seminal work, edited by Paul Oliver, FRIBA. Joshua works at the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and teaches architectural
history/theory at Drexel University. His recent design work for the PMAA has been included in USA Today's 2017 list of "the best museum exhibitions in the United States.
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