“The Well-Tempered City” | Lecture @ the University of Hawaii


“The Well-Tempered City: Health & the Built Environment in Interdisciplinary Design Education,” Joint Fall Meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture [ACSA] & Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health [ASPPH] – Building For Health & Well-Being: Structure . Cities . Systems Conference, University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture, Honolulu, Hawaii.

The humanist approach to architectural knowledge and production has traditionally taken the body as the irreducibl unit of measure. Likewise health is an attribute most often ascribed to individuals, measured against other individuals, and enacted upon at the scale of the individual.

As architecture, along with landscape architecture, urban design and urban planning, more fully address issues o health, we have come to understand it as a collection of knowledge that also describes places and phenomen beyond the individual, from information and assemblages to systems and environments. Not only does this shift ho we design for the built environment, but what we analyze, how we intervene, and in what ways we defin irreducibility. This paper examines the role of the city as the pedagogical subject of inquiry and the site of speculativ intervention for an interdisciplinary design education.