THE CRUMPLE AND THE SCRAPE: TWO GENDERQUEER TEXTURES
Most of us recognize the role that colour plays in gender and its manifestation in design -- witness the persistence of pink and blue children's rooms -- but what about texture? In this lecture, poet and scholar Lucas Crawford argues that texture -- a word that implies touch, movement, and encounter -- can help us better understand how the matter of architecture reproduces gender. Attendees will be exposed to a variety of queer textures from varied genres and sources, notably from theorist Jeanne Vaccaro and architects Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry.
ABOUT DR. LUCAS CRAWFORD
Lucas Crawford, Associate Professor of English at the University of New Brunswick and the 2019 Recipient of the Arcus/Places Prize, writes poetry and scholarship about transgender, space, food, fat, disability, and more. Among Lucas' books is The High Line Scavenger Hunt, a poetry book about New York's High Line park, and Transgender Architectonics: the Shape of Change in Modernist Space. Lucas grew up in rural Nova Scotia.
ABOUT THE ARCUS/PLACES PRIZE
The biennial prize is a unique collaboration between the Diversity Platforms Committee of the College of Environmental Design at University of California, Berkeley, and Places. Established in 2014 to support innovative public scholarship on the relationship between gender, sexuality, and the built environment, the award is funded by the college’s Arcus Endowment, launched in 2000 with a generous gift from the Arcus Foundation.
THIS EVENT IS CO-SPONSORED BY THE ARCUS FOUNDATION ENDOWMENT AND PLACES JOURNAL; AND IT IS PART OF THE SPRING 2020 BERKELEY ARCHITECTURE LECTURE SERIES. OPEN TO ALL!