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Laurentia brings together creative minds in food, design, art, science, writing, and policy, focused on dialogue that needs to happen now.  To simultaneously talk and make; on critical topics toward actionable progress. Laurentia is workshopping re-made.

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Empathy + Compassionate Dismantling

In a post-truth era rife with potential for the dismantling of democratic institutions, we seek to respond with hope, rigor and productive cultural continuities. While we confront the "dismantle in order to build" loop in our body politic and in our construction industry, the Q'eswachaka bridge in Peru has been rewoven, as it has been each year, for 500 years. The bridge spans a 60-foot-deep canyon and is the last remaining stitch of a vast network of Incan roads which connected diverse communities. This dinner will explore:

  • What dismantling frameworks could support more iterative, intimate process, held within the rituals and practices of culture?
  • How could design process support communities in timeless and sustainable re-constructions?
  • What economic benefit could we render if design had as much to do with transmitting inclusive, empowering values as it does with embodying an architect’s vision?

Your ticket includes:

  • A full dinner and drinks at a private home near the Living Future conference
  • Facilitated conversation with a dozen deep thinkers
  • 4 AIA and GBCI CEUs

This is evening one of our three-part "Muina Series." Muina, a Basque word for which there is no English equivalent, is how chef Josean Alija describes his approach to cooking:

It enables the creative process to be viewed as a journey to the source of things, to their roots, allowing their true potential to be developed fully through the description of rounded, complete, and pleasurable sensations.

Join us for this intimate "slow thinking dinner." Purchase tickets here.

The address of our private home for this event and other light directions will be sent to your email address a week before the event.