Fall 2020 Speaker Series

September 15, 2020
By Rachel Wylie, Student Services Coordinator


The Yestermorrow Speaker Series is a free offering that has traditionally focused on design/build, craftsmanship, and interesting ideas & concepts related to sustainability. This fall, we are highlighting speakers & organizations that seek to "re-design/build" communities, structures, and systems for the health of people & the planet. Join us Wednesday nights, 7PM EST on Facebook Live or tune in on Zoom bit.ly/YM-Fall2020. 

September 23: Adventures in EcoSocial Design with Jorge Antonio Espinosa

Gather round for a storytelling session with Jorge detailing their experiences facilitating the design process, exploring questions of regeneration and resilience, and taking back our power to learn and unlearn in ways that honor innate, natural curiosity, collaboration, and connection with community and ecosystem. Jorge Antonio Espinosa is a nurturer of people and ecosystems, passionate for endeavors that range from the creative to the scientific, especially ones that bridge divergent ways of being and interacting with the world. Their favorite kind of creative project is where the landscape and community come together to blur the edges of canvas and artist, reimagining our food systems into masterpieces of resilience and collaboration. Jorge holds a Master of Science degree in Integrative EcoSocial Design.


September 30: Art as Story through an Indigenous Lens

In order to understand the world today and prepare for the future, we must also know and understand the past. Judy Dow, Abenaki artist & educator, uses art to tell stories rooted in the geologic and historical context of land, the people who live on it, and the ways that they interact. Judy has been teaching for 30 years and in the past 10-15 has worked with youth to tell important stories through Abenaki traditions, crafts, and skills. From middle school math lessons, to high schoolers helping shape how land is used in Brattleboro, the art & stories Judy will share offer a new lens for considering the world around us. 



October 7: Rebuilding Baltimore - More Than a House

Black Women Build - Baltimore is a homeownership and wealth-building initiative that trains black women in carpentry, electrical, and plumbing by restoring vacant and deteriorated houses in West Baltimore. Black Women Build-Baltimore was founded in 2017 by Shelley Halstead who believes that for black women to build intergenerational wealth, with the inherent security and prosperity it can generate, they must also learn the skills necessary to maintain that wealth. Home ownership and the ability to maintain that asset is one way this can be achieved. Shelley talks about how the inherently discriminatory practice of redlining led to the development of West Baltimore as it is today, and then shows a new path forward. She will describe the intersectional framework that Black Women Build-Baltimore uses to provide holistic training and opportunity to black women and create a healthier, more resilient community in the process.


October 14: Architectural Survival in an Extreme Environment

This presentation explores the history of architecture in Antarctica as well as how biophilic design is found within structures where nature is often viewed as a negative, dangerous quality to be kept out.  Biophilic design was established through observation of experiences that connect users to the natural environment for the benefit of their wellbeing.  Through a case study of six buildings spanning the history of human habitation of the southernmost continent, the attributes of biophilic design are analyzed to identify patterns that can aid in the development of architectural interventions in similar extreme environments – like Vermont on a good winter day.  


October 21: DesignBuildBLUFF

DesignBuildBLUFF is a graduate architecture program at the University of Utah focused on immersing students in hands-on cross-cultural experiences. We work in partnership with the Rural and Native communities of San Juan County in the Utah Four Corners. There is an overwhelming need for affordable and culturally appropriate housing within the Navajo Nation. With this problem in mind, our students sought to develop a flexible housing prototype that could be easily built by would-be native homeowners. The concept of “sweat equity” is one in which the client uses their own labor, rather than cash, as a form of contribution in the building process. Join Hiroko Yamamoto (instructor), Adrienne Caesar (intern), and Perry Martin (student) to learn more about this impactful program.

For more information contact Rachel Wylie, Student Services Coordinator at [email protected] or by calling 802-496-5097.

Missed the Spring or Fall series? You can watch recordings of all presentations on the Yestermorrow Youtube channel