MONDAY  |  JAN. 24, 2022  |  4:00 PM | Zoom Link

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In the Southern Wetlands of Iraq, an entire Ma’dan house known as a mudhif, which is built entirely of qasab reed without using mortar or nails, can be taken down and re-erected in a day.
Press Image va Lo-TEK_04698, © Jassim Alasadi

Lo–TEK Radical Indigenism: Using Traditional Ecological Knowledge to Work in Symbiosis with Nature

Designer, activist, academic, and author Julia Watson is a leading expert in the field of Lo—TEK nature-based technologies for climate-resilient design. Her bestselling book with Taschen, Lo-TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Monocle, and more. Regularly teaching at Harvard and Columbia University, Julia’s studio work involves landscape and urban design, along with consulting with brands on sustainability.

Julia has written for Topos, Landscape Architecture Frontier, Kerb, Water Urbanisms East and co-authored A Spiritual Guide to Bali’s UNESCO World Heritage. She’s a 2020 TED speaker, and a fellow of Summit REALITY, Pop!tech, & The Christensen Fund.

She will be speaking to a Ball State University audience via Zoom at 4 p.m. Jan. 24. Write to to get a link, or, if you are on campus, join us in AB 100 to watch the livestream on the big screen. This lecture will not be publicly available via recording, so make plans now to join us live!

Built by the Tofinu, the city of Ganvie meaning ‘we survived’ floats on Lake Nokoué surrounded by a radiating reef system of twelve thousand acadja fish pens.
Press Image va Lo-TEK_04698, © Iwan Baan