Architects explain importance of lines as part of Church Lecture Series

Architects Jen Maigret and María Arquero visited UT’s Art and Architecture building Monday, Feb. 23 as a part of the Church Lecture series.

Architects Jen Maigret and María Arquero visited UT’s Art and Architecture building Monday, Feb. 23 as a part of the Church Lecture series.

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Maigret (left) and Arquero (right) explaining the importance of lines.

Their lecture, titled “Playing Lines,” delved into the important roles that lines play when researching, designing and developing urban societies.

Maigret explained to the room of UT students that there are three types of lines: threads, traces and ghostly.

“These are the kinds of lines that really in some way we both take for granted but are possibly the most difficult or challenging kinds of lines,” said Maigret.

These concepts are applied to the work Maigret and Arquero do with their company MAde Studio. MAde Studio has participated in many projects, including designing playgrounds, studying and analyzing major landfills and also research done on the shores of the Great Lakes.

“The collection of projects that we’ll share tonight range,” said Maigret. “We’ve loosely gathered them in threads, traces and ghostly lines, although, you’ll see that a number of these projects, I think, try to bridge between the way of thinking.”

Caleb Brothers, a junior in architecture, said the lecture proved to be a testament to the different kinds of projects architects can do to improve urban societies.

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Arquero talking to students about the research they have done on the Great Lakes.

“I think it kind of just shows kind of the variety of things that people are doing,” said Brothers. “Like with Detroit, instead of designing the streets and how people interact with the streets, they’ve chosen to do the water system and try to work with that. It’s just kind of different. It kind of shows a variety of different things and how they’re tackling that.”

For more information on MAde Studio and its projects visit their website.

Edited by Courtney Anderson

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