Wednesday  April 10
Lawrence Hall 206 |
7 PM – 8 PM
Panelists: Alan Ricks, Randy Hester, Kevin Parkhurst, Erin Moore

This panel aims to reflect on the legacy of the HOPES conference and similar efforts to address environmental and social issues. We seek to challenge participants to better strategize our approach to activism to bring about change in the built environment. It’s no secret that our nation is becoming increasingly divided, yet the need to unify to address issues of the environment and equity has never been greater. But no matter how good our intentions, it can be hard to figure out how to realize our ideals. Our panelists have experience organizing MASS, SAVE, HOPES, DIG, FLOAT and other organizations with a history of effective activism. This panel seeks to draw on this experience to chart a more strategic course for HOPES and the next generation of activists.

Thursday  April 11
Lawrence Hall 279 |
7 PM – 8 PM
Panelists: Armando, Azua-Bustos, Deborah, Brosnan, Marcia McNally, Jessica Swanson

fRIDAYThe ecosystems we live within are being pushed to new thresholds of change which are largely attributed to human impact. This panel will examine tactics to create successful, healthy systems in communities and the possibilities to live beyond earth. We will address many scales of design research ranging from marine resiliency, microorganisms of extreme environments and co-creation with barnacles and bryophytes. HOPES has brought together experts to bridge differing scales of big ideas and connect the complexities of healthy ecologies and design. Through this panel we encourage students and professionals to ask: What are healthy ecologies and how do we design in service of them?

Friday  April 12
Lawrence Hall 206 | STAnDD
7 PM – 8 PM
Panelists: Lauren Elachi, Earl Mark, Pablo Uzuenta, Aniko Drlik-Muehleck, Kaarin Knudson

“Idealism has stranded us between our visions for a better tomorrow and the bitter reality we have created. Too often we respond with devastating complacency” (HOPES [25] Manifesto). Most of the communities we live in today were formed without recognition of the importance of equity and ecology; changing long-standing norms for the better is hard work. Planning resilient communities requires the collaboration of many people to combine their wealth of knowledge into a holistic vision. But this slow-moving process requires great patience and determination. The panelists who have joined us today are working with communities in new ways, investigating the real human condition of local populations, including diverse perspectives in their work, and redefining the American Dream.

Saturday April 13
Portland, White Stag Room 144 | 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM
Panelists: Ronald Rael, Tim Smith, Susan Jones, Emma Prichard, Mark Lakeman

Our built environment is the product of generations of ideas and values layered upon one another, but recent generations have held ideals that are incompatible with the sustainable lifestyles we must lead today. Building social, economic, and environmental resilience in our communities requires that we revisit our visions, overthrow existing norms, and take deliberate action.
This panel aims to challenge participants to rethink resilience in both their disciplines and lifestyles – bringing different perspectives that may seem incompatible into coherence. “Destructive Idealism: Rethinking Resilient Systems” fosters a balanced platform for professionals in architecture, science, art, and social justice to discuss different resilient systems and ways to take deliberate action.