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SBSE Retreat 2017
CRAFT: Shaping Buildings, Ecologies, and Cities
Silver Falls Cabin & Conference Center
Sublimity, Oregon 
Tuesday, July 25 — Friday, July 28, 2017

We call on faculty, practitioners, content experts, and students to share tools, case studies, and innovative studio exercises with attendees through active experiences at the 2017 SBSE Annual Retreat.  CRAFT: Shaping Buildings, Ecologies, and Cities focuses on the strategies, tools, ideas, and ways that we use to teach, practice, and inspire our students to consider the ‘making’ and careful crafting of buildings, landscapes, neighborhoods, and cities.

We invite proposals for a 30-minute presentation or a 60-minute workshop on any of the sub-themes below. Proposals must include innovative pedagogical content that relates to teaching and learning for design studios, lecture, or seminar courses. Sessions will take place in parallel and the venue will hold approximately 25 in each room. We are looking for 15 – 20 workshops and presentations for the retreat, selected through a review process that will balance content and schedule. 


Topics for Sessions & Workshops


Ecological Landscapes—Activities, programs, and research reflecting how these relationships inform teaching and practice.  


Materials & Embodied Energy—Activities, assignments, and exercises that enhance an understanding of local resources, materials, and manufacturing energy.


Climate and Appropriate Technology—Projects and activities involving weather and climate analysis and strategies that address building and community impacts.


Strategies and Tools—Exemplar tools, methods, and design strategies that teach about the importance of place and appropriateness in building design and planning.


Roundtable Discussions & Working Groups—“Hot topics,” which could include case studies, book and grant proposals, promotion/tenure/mentorship issues, contributions to the 2050 Imperative, and so on.


Your proposals must include (template provided):

o    Name(s) of session organizer/presenter

o    Contact information (institution, email, telephone)

o    Session type: 30-minute activity or 60-minute workshop

o    Title of your presentation

o    Description of presentation (250 words max.)

o    Theme addressed by your proposal (choose from those above)

o    Learning objectives 3-5 goals to be achieved by participants

o    Intended outcomes and deliverables

o    Take away (if any) for attendees

Submission Deadline: E-mail your proposal to simi.hoque@gmail.com by Mar 1, 2017, 5:00p Pacific Time. 

Critical Dates:

• September 2016 Announcement
• December 2016 Call for Proposals
• January 1, 2017 Registration Opens
• March 1, 2017 Proposal Deadline
• March 1, 2017 Jeff Cook Scholarship applications due
• March 15, 2017 Proposal Notifications
• April 1, 2017 SBSE Student Scholarship applications due
• April 15, 2017 Presenters Registration deadline
• May 15, 2017 Registration deadline
• July 25-28, 2017 Retreat

Program Committee: Simi Hoque, Drexel University; University; Omar Al-Hassawi, Washington State University; Fred Tepfer, Oregon; Alexandra Rempel, University of Oregon
Site Coordinator: Alison Kwok and Isabel Rivera, University of Oregon
Website and Newsletter: Bruce Haglund
Scholarships: Walter Grondzik

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