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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

John Borchert Lecture on Friday, November 22

The Coffee Hour Committee is hosting the John Borchert Lecture on Friday, November 22 at 3:30 in L-110 Honeywell Auditorium. Dr. Thomas Ficher will give a talk titled "What is GeoDesign and Why Does It Matter?"

Thomas Fisher, Professor in the School of Architecture and Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota, will give the seventh annual Borchert Lecture, which honors the late John Borchert, University of Minnesota Regents Professor in Geography and member of the U.S. National Academy of Science. This annual lecture features notable speakers in the area of geographic information science and coincides with Geography Awareness Week and GIS Day. Dr. Fisher's presentation, What is GeoDesign and Why Does It Matter?, will take place on Friday, November 22 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in the Honeywell Auditorium (L-110), Carlson School of Management on the West Bank campus. A graduate of Cornell University and Case Western Reserve University, he has written 7 books, 47 book chapters or introductions, and over 325 articles in professional journals and major publications. Named a top-25 design educator four times by Design Intelligence, he has lectured at 36 universities and over 150 professional and public meetings in the U.S. His most recent book, Designing to Avoid Disaster: The Nature of Fracture-Critical Design (Routledge, 2012), looks at failures across an array of systems and argues for a more ecologically based way of thinking about the infrastructures we all depend on.