Midtown’s Detroit Center for Design + Technology is hosting ‘Yeah, What Lester Said,’ an online event that delves in-depth to explore the impact of climate change under the lens of architecture and the built environment.
Through online panel discussions, a virtual art exhibit and an artist talk, the event highlights how new building improvements work to stall our environmental impact and shows the role design and construction will play as we experience the fallout of a rapidly changing climate.
The program is inspired by and named for Lester Brown, an environmental pioneer who is credited among the first to raise awareness of the impact of global climate change.
The exhibit and symposium were originally planned to be hosted live at DCDT this spring. Because the center is temporarily closed to the public due to COVID-19, the organizers worked together to bring the event to life online – for all to experience free of charge.
“I don’t think there could be a better time to hold an exhibition around this topic,” commented Christopher Stefani, associate director of the center. “The current global pandemic itself has forced us to change our ‘normal’ routine. These short term changes have highlighted the impact we have on our climate, but furthermore, how quickly things can improve. I believe we can build on the lessons in front of us. Now is the time to come together – digitally in this case – to share solutions and highlight the positive changes we can make now, and in the future.”
Photo: Courtesy of LTU Detroit Center for Design + Technology