History Is Lunch: Jassen Callender, “Building Cities to LAST”

Two Mississippi Museums | 222 North Street, Jackson, Mississippi, 39201

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Join the Mississippi Department of Archives & History on site at the Two Mississippi Museums at noon on Wednesday, March 16, for History Is Lunch (or watch the livestream on Facebook) when Jassen Callender will present “Building Cities to LAST.”
Callender, a professor of architecture at Mississippi State University, is the author of a new book on sustainable urbanism. “Sustainable urbanism is shorthand for a three-part question: What are we trying to hold onto, for how long, and by what means?” said Callender. “While the details change across time and from culture to culture, the essential aspects of what we are trying to hold onto are basic human needs–food, water, shelter, and mobility. The remaining two thirds of the question, for how long and by what means, must be answered across four metrics: Lifecycle, Aesthetics, Scale, and Technology – or LAST.”
In his book Building Cities to LAST, Callender aims to educate both interested lay readers and professionals from across a range of disciplines. “For instance, architects will know the information on shelter; landscape architects, the material on food and water; and urban planners, the possibilities regarding mobility. Non-experts will find extraordinary introductions to a range of topics.”
Jassen Callender is associate director of Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture and director of the school’s fifth year program located in Jackson. He earned his bachelor of architecture degree from Mississippi State University and his master of fine arts from the University of Minnesota. Callender is a member of the Society of Architectural Historians and a former board member of the US Green Building Council and Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. His first book, Architecture History and Theory in Reverse, was published by Routledge in 2017.
History Is Lunch is sponsored by the John and Lucy Shackelford Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation for Mississippi. The weekly lecture series of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History explores different aspects of the state’s past. The hour-long programs are held in the Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium of the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum building at 222 North Street in Jackson.
MDAH livestreams videos of the program at noon on Wednesdays on their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/MDAHOfficial/. The videos are posted on the department’s YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/MDAHVideo.
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