October 26 | 10:30
| Tower Theatre
Almost nothing influences the quality of our lives more than the design of our homes, our schools, our workplaces, and our public spaces. Environmental psychologists have long described this influence as “place identity” — the foremost building blocks of our sense of self are the spaces in which we live, work, and play. The design also has a unique ability to dignify or reflect back to people the value of their lives. Despite all this, design is often taken for granted; most people don’t realize that they deserve better, or that better is even possible. Drawing on examples from around the world, author John Cary’s keynote showcases buildings that dignify illustrated by stories of their actual inhabitants and users.