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Director of Texas A&M’s Institute for Applied Creativity in College Station, artist and professor Carol LaFayette, spearheaded reGEN—conceived as an annual collaboration between Land Heritage Institute (LHI), Texas A&M-College Station and Texas A&M-San Antonio devoted to regeneration and sustainability in a time of climate change. eMERGE is this part of this year’s iteration of reGEN.  Lafayette’s own art practice involves collaborations with scientists and engineers to invent ways of experiencing interconnectedness between flora, fauna and phenomena in rural areas.

Philadelphia-based visiting artist Lynn Palewicz - whose own work is self-divided into skin drawings, living room photos, torso photos and girl photos - mentored this Visualization class’ preparation for the pop-up show and will help guided the artist talks.  

A portion of the Saturday afternoon’s talks were dedicated to discussions around what this annual collaboration between Texas A&M’s Institute of Applied Creativity, Texas A&M-San Antonio, Palo Alto College and Land Heritage Institute might look like over time. The San Antonio contemporary artist community was encouraged to contribute to this conversation.

Leonardo di Caprio’s new climate change documentary, Before the Flood, had its south side screening followed by speakers and a Q&A session at Texas A&M University’s main auditorium. This event was organized as part of reGEN by TAMU-SA’s Dr. Joseph Simpson, H. Drew Galloway at MOVE San Antonio and Mario Bravo of the Environmental Defense Fund.

reGEN represents an unprecedented cultural collaboration between departments of Texas A&M campuses in College Station and San Antonio--plus Palo Alto College—working in partnership with Land Heritage Institute’s Art-Sci Projects directed by Dr. Penelope Boyer. 

For more information, visit the College of Architecture facebook page or The Regenerative Development blog.







Milky Way 2015

Plastics: Call for Collaborators 

We are building a team of collaborators from art, design, engineering, and related fields to develop processes for recycling plastics. Anticipated outcomes include art and design projects as well as innovations of benefit to manufacturing and recycling industries. 

Our team will explore:

  • Insights on new materials and processes for recycling;
  • Infrastructure and support for building an economical and portable system to make products from waste plastics, such as grinding, melting, and reforming;
  • Strategies to avoid toxicity in process and product;
  • Methods and tools to make everyday objects from recycled plastics, such as molding, stretching, bloating, and 3D printing; and
  • Resources and funding opportunities in conducting such research and creative work.

Prior work:

Plastic Poetry

Milky Way

Cloud Igloo 

If you are interested in joining our team, or can recommend someone, please contact Weiling He, PhD, Associate Professor Coordinator of Foundation Design Studios, by September 1, 2016.  Thank you for our consideration. Sponsored by the Institute for Applied Creativity.




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Visualization prof's NSF-funded STEM-to-STEAM effort prompts Academies to green-light study

"The green-lighting of a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study investigating the value of integrating arts and humanities into science and technology education is a milestone in the global transdisciplinary education movement," said Carol LaFayette, a visualization professor at Texas A&M University and founder of an advocacy network on the vanguard of the movement.

With initial support from the National Science Foundation, LaFayette created the Network for Sciences Engineering, Arts & Design (SEAD Network) to advocate for STEM to STEAM — namely, adding art and design components, the "A," to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning.

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