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Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

19 October 2016. Quito, Ecuador.

 

Urban Talk: "Designing the Urban Age" at the Habitat III Conference with Ms. Saskia Sassen and Mr. Ricahrd Sennett.

 

The Habitat III Conference took place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 to 20 October 2016. The mission of the Conference was the adoption of the New Urban Agenda.

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

When we discuss rising inequality, poverty, imprisonment, foreclosed homes and other injustices, simply engaging in familiar discussions about these increases in disparities does not capture the larger reality we must face. We need new language. I use the term "expulsions" to mark the radicalness of that necessary shift.

 

Saskia Sassen, Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy

 

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Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

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Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:00am

Wood Auditorium

 

Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the United States today. This startling link between climate change and urbanization should spur architects and scholars of the built environment to rethink everything about the way they practice and teach. And yet, it hasn't.

 

Climate change is too often addressed in schools of architecture and design in terms of technological solutions and their implementation - from "green" building techniques to the myriad challenges of fortifying metropolitan centers against extreme weather patterns. Climate Change and the Scales of Environment is a daylong symposium that draws new frameworks for action together with thoughtful cultural debate, inviting a group of scholars, historians, scientists, architects and designers to critically rethink architecture and urbanism in light of climate change as our most urgent concern.

 

As the defining factor of our precarious contemporary condition, the real and lived threat of climate change, exacerbated by uncertainty and shifting cultural contexts invites us to move beyond technocratic conversations to interrogate the terms of the debate. The symposium will be arranged around questions of scale — space but also time – to articulate climate change as a necessary agent of change in architectural history, theory, discourse, and practice. Together with the question of scale - from the geographic and economic systems that are producing climate change to the human conflicts and ecological disasters that are ensuing - the symposium will open-up the term ‘environment’ to underscore its past histories and constructions and allow for the possibility of recasting the term, and our relations to it, for the future.

 

Building on GSAPP’s leadership around questions of global engagement and practice as they relate to architecture and the built environment, this symposium will attempt to critically reframe our thinking about the built environment and our actions in shaping it, to reflect both the specificity of local conditions and histories as well as the challenges of climate change as a shared concern across the globe.

 

10:00 a.m.: Introduction

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University GSAPP

 

10:15 a.m.: History

Environment, of course, is a historical category. But what are its pasts? Its geographies? More than that, what conflicts and exclusions does its seeming comprehensiveness harbor? What powers does it encode? What freedoms does it entail? What natures and what cultures does it bring into being? This panel links these questions to that of scale. If scale is relational rather than absolute, at what scale does a history and theory of environment take up material, social, and technical things? Molecular? Solar? The scale of a population, colonized or urbanized? Or that of a body being cared for, enclosed, housed, or displaced? The scale of a building completed in a year? Or the scale of a planet consumed over centuries?

 

Daniel Barber, PennDesign

Deborah Coen, Barnard College

Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin

Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Columbia University GSAPP

 

11:45 a.m.: Politics

Is climate change a driver of social and political conflict across the globe? In an increasingly urbanizing world, how have cities become the loci of the effect of climate change? Does climate change destabilize conditions in the cities of the Global South? In the world today, places and people who are the least responsible for climate change, or whose carbon emissions are negligible, will most likely be the most affected by it. What are the roles of governance, accountability, social movements, and resistance within this emerging and volatile landscape?

 

Michael Gerrard, Columbia University Earth Institute and School of Law

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University Sociology

Richard Seager, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Christian Parenti, New York University

Moderated by Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

1:15 p.m.: Lunch

 

2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Introduction

Adam Sobel, Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

 

2:30 p.m.: Uncertainty

With the advent of accelerated climate change, designers must operate within known and unknown ecological and social conditions in the design of buildings or landscapes whose useful life exceeds contemporary parameters. How does a design profession balance resilience to the known risks in the short-term and adaptation to the often unknown risks in the long-term? This question raises the propositions for how climate science will be incorporated within expanding design services and the extent to which this represents professional and moral liabilities.

 

Radley Horton, Columbia University and Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Adrian Lahoud, The Bartlett, University College London

Kate Orff, Columbia University GSAPP and SCAPE

Moderated by Jesse Keenan, Columbia University GSAPP

 

4:00 p.m.: Visualization

The environment is not only encountered through perception, experience and natural observation, it is also formed through aesthetic conventions, algorithmic and statistical models, climatologically oriented vision, and ever more technologically advanced modes of sensing, analysis and description. This panel will examine the current state of environmental visualization, its media, institutions, and channels of dissemination, as well as its historical, political dimensions as it enters current climate debates as evidence, and as a system of rhetorical representation.

 

Heather Davis, Pennsylvania State University

Laura Kurgan, Columbia University GSAPP

Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zurich

Neyran Turan, Rice University

Moderated by Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University GSAPP

 

5:30 p.m.: Break

 

6:00 p.m.: Keynote Address

Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

  

Curation

Dean Amale Andraos

Jesse M. Keenan

Laura Kurgan

Reinhold Martin

Kate Orff

Mark Wasiuta

 

Graphic Design

Common Name

 

Support

Durst Family Fund for Research

 

Photography by Ronald Yeung and Ranitri Weerasuriya

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