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Kelema Moses (UC San Diego) & James Miller (Western Washington University)

*This is a hybrid event (in-person & remote). This is subject to change to entirely remote as UC San Diego continues to release policy updates surrounding COVID-19. 

**Due to COVID restrictions, only UCSD students and employees will be allowed to attend the class in person. All others must attend remotely via Zoom. Capacity is limited to first-come first-serve.

UPDATE: New Zoom registration link created for this event.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 4:00 P.M.*
Design and Innovation Building (DIB), 2nd Floor Large Event Room #202

This will be a hybrid event. For those attending remotely, please register via Zoom using the “Register Here” button at the top.


Troubling Housing: Process & Pedagogy in Oceania

Our talk seeks to examine the limits, parameters, and innovative possibilities of housing in Oceania. We are particularly interested in the ways in which planning processes must account for imminent climate considerations and the role of stakeholders who are invested in site-specific and site-responsive approaches to natural and built environments. We will engage in dialogue as a pedagogical mode of outlining the necessity for restorative land/climate/housing justice.

Piko Over the Land, Puna District, Hawai’i Islands, 2019 (image credit: James P. Miller)

Palolo Valley, Honolulu, Hawai’i, 2019 (image credit: Kelema Lee Moses)


Kelema Lee Moses is an Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at UCSD. Her teaching and research combine historical perspectives with discussions about critical contemporary issues related to the built environment of the United States and the Pacific.

Dr. James Miller is an Assistant Professor in Comparative Indigenous Studies at Western Washington University and a practicing architect in Hawai’i, Oregon, and Washington.  Miller advances Moana spatial ontologies within the development of Indigenous design methodologies for architectural projects ranging from housing to educational centers. Through a deep-time lens, his research investigates socio-spatial patterns that support cultural continuity in aiding transnational community placemaking from roots to routes.


Design@Large is a speaker series hosted by The Design Lab at UC San Diego, where each quarter we examine a topic in society and the relevance and implications through the lens of human centered design.

Our theme this quarter is “Winter Polar Reversals ~~~ from the Future to the Past~~~~ from the Sky to the Ocean Floor”.

Follow along as speakers in ocean media, maker, and mapping cultures shift your geopolitical orientation. It’s cold on Zoom. Bring your life jacket. Hourlong lectures will be followed by workshops, walks, immersive experiences, and/or hands-on making and doing, to be performed on Zoom when pandemic circumstances bring us together remotely.

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