Community Programs at Monona Terrace
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Terrace Talks


Terrace Talks is a new series which provides thought-provoking presentation and discussion relating to forward thinkers in design, education, business and technology who break new boundaries. Dynamic speakers, many former TED Talk presenters, share relevant, current topics relating to our everyday lives. The series is geared towards the general public, professionals and learning enthusiasts alike.  Terrace Talks is entertaining, inspiring and educational for the entire community.


Monday, November 3, Lecture Hall, 7pm
"The Next Big Shift: Urbanism Redefined"
Presented by Mitchell Joachim

Hailed by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of "The 100 People Who Are Changing America," Mitchell Joachim is working on the next big shift in our world. It could be an intelligent "soft" car that networks with a city grid. It might involve grafting living cells into green residences that can reverse the last 150 years of inefficient living. In this inspiring talk, Joachim challenges us to rethink our approach to urban environments by pointing to mind-bending technologies that are already transforming the way we live. When the elevator was introduced, the nature of buildings changed. The same shift occurred for cities built in response to widespread car traffic.  TED Fellow Joachim envisions a future in which biology and architecture are a single discipline--and share the ground-breaking work and disruptive ideas that will make that future a reality.


Mitchell Joachim, PhD, Assoc. AIA, Dr. Joachim is a Co-Founder of Terreform ONE and an Associate Professor at NYU. He is a TED Senior Fellow and has been awarded fellowships with Moshe Safdie and Martin Society for Sustainability, MIT. He was chosen by Wired magazine for "The Smart List: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To". Rolling Stone magazine honored Mitchell in "The 100 People Who Are Changing America". Mitchell has won many awards including Time Magazine Best Invention with MIT Smart Cities Car. Dwell magazine featured him as "The NOW 99" in 2012. He co-authored the books, “Super Cells: Building with Biology” and “Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned”. His work has been exhibited at MoMA and the Venice Biennale. He earned a Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MAUD Harvard University, M.Arch. Columbia University



The Wright Design Series

The Wright Design Series


7pm • Lecture Hall

The design series is sponsored by Southwest Chapter AIA Wisconsin, Monona Terrace, and Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin.

The Wright Design Series was inspired by master architect Frank Lloyd Wright who, although known for his architectural designs, also created designs in furniture, clothing, textiles and tableware. The free lectures and discussions highlight a wide array of design topics including architecture.

The series will resume in Spring 2015. 

Here's what some past participants had to say:
We salute your broader scope and found the presentations all excellent!”
- Greg B., Madison

“Loved the whole experience! Wonderful people!” -
Betsy H., Monona




PechaKucha Night


What is PechaKucha? The concept is simple: Each presenter shows 20 images for 20 seconds apiece. It’s an event that is never the same twice, so leave your expectations at the door. Monona Terrace is proud to serve as the official Madison site for PechaKucha International. Cash bar on site. 

Thursday, November 20, 7:00pm, Madison Ballroom
"Dynamic Duos x Pechakucha"
Presented by Monona Terrace
Lennon and McCartney, Charles and Ray James, Peanut Butter and Jelly...As the old song goes, sometimes, "it takes two to make a thing go right." Join us as we explore Madison's own "Dynamic Duos" and hear how talents, ideas and resources come together to create wholes that are greater than the sum of their parts.


Sponsored  by Monona Terrace
& High Tech Happy Hour
Devised and shared by
KleinDytham Architecture



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