Riley Triggs is a practicing architect at LZTArchitects and former faculty of Design at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his professional degree in architecture from UT and a master's degree from Rice University where he explored the emotional space shared by humans and architecture in film. He is currently pursuing a PhD in sustainable architecture, and his current research explores architecture as an interactive interface with our environment. Current projects include creating energy consumption feedback loops for engaging occupants in matters of sustainable dwelling practices and designing responsive building systems informed by environmental conditions to foster more intimate relationships between ourselves and our built environment. Follow him on Twitter at @rileytriggs.
Workplace Redesign: The Big Shift from Efficiency (Friday, March 7 from 12:30 - 1:30)
Nothing is more overlooked and nothing is more important than our built environment in which we spend most of our time. It affects us in ways we can’t necessarily point to, but all the studies point to healthy environments make for happy people. I’m most looking forward to this because it is not from an architect’s quality producing perspective, but rather it is presented from a management expert who will explain it in from the perspective of hard dollars and metrics that people will more likely listen to.
Why It Pays Not to Rush the Process of Innovation (Friday, March 7 from 5:00 - 6:00)
The slow design movement is not new, but the message about quality, iterative processes, and producing something that embodies quality innovation versus first to market speed is still an outlier strategy. Apple and its growing lineage of alumni spinoff companies undeniably proves that this strategy works. I want to hear how to do this in our current crazy-fast development mindset environment.
Disrupting the Gun Lobby with Digital Organizing (Saturday, March 8 from 9:30 - 10:30)
Digital engagement is powerful and mainstream use is usually driven by financial gain. I always find it refreshing and more relevant to the world when our interactive tools are used to afford leverage to the average citizen in the struggle against big government, big business or big data. This is the highest and best use of digital engagement.
The Hacker Wars / The War Has Already Begun (Saturday, March 8 from 9:30 - 10:30)
For the most part, the hacker is a modern day Robin Hood character who is looking to even the playing field in our increasingly secretive and controlled society. This panel will shed some light on what happens when Robin Hood meets the Sheriff, and the consequences that the outcomes have for all of our personal, information and individual rights.
Not Dead Yet: How Technology Is Saving Poetry (Saturday, March 8 from 9:30 - 10:30)
Poetry is a canary in our social coal mine. The deep human emotional expressions and personal expressions are being lost in the rush to tweet the first superficial reaction we have to everything in our lives. I also like it when technology can enhance our understanding of our human condition instead of distracting us from thoughts that define our humanity. This session could give us clues on how we can shape our everyday interactions for a more meaningful existence.
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