The history of human settlements is marked by negotiations with the natural environment. The present moment in history sees this negotiation play out at the scale of the planet, as the climate change brought about by mankind’s demands on the natural resources of the earth triggers more extreme phenomena, and all to often in places far from where the original demand is located.
More frequent and more intensive disasters are to be reckoned with. In acknowledging just how much this is impacting the future of the planet, scientific fields label this moment 'the anthropocene' and consider it a geologic epoch.
How can more knowing and careful demands on water, energy and waste be supported by design and planning? Can economic sectors such as the tourist industry redress their impact on the earth’s resources? Which valuable lessons can be learned from past disasters, for current plans and strategies on disaster management, preparedness and response?
PROJECTS SO FAR
Lectures. Emanuele Coccia. Pollination and Interspecific Agriculture and Christopher Pierce. Recipes for Food and Architecture with the AA Architectural Association Visiting School
16 August 2018
Lecture. Ricardo de Ostos. Animal Visions with the AA Architectural Association Visiting School
15 August 2018
Symposium. Animalesque with the AA Architectural Association Visiting School
4 April 2018
Symposium and Exhibition. After Hurricane Sandy. Rebuild by Design. Resilient Planning Through Collaborative Design
6 December 2014
Master Lecture. Shigeru Ban: Works and Humanitarian Activities
7 October 2014
Lab Talk Series: ReTooling the Trades #2 City - Climate - Architecture. Climate and Adaptation with the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin
1 July 2014
Exhibition Talk. ArchiAid. The Great East Japan Earthquake Recovery Programme
25 October 2013
Metro Lab. Overflowing Potential: The Urban Water Challenge with AXOR hansgrohe
10 - 15 June 2013
Film Screening. My Home is my Bottle. Die Großfassade aus PET-Flaschen des EcoArk Pavillon in Taipeh with the Taipeh Representation in Germany
23 November 2011
Symposium. Water Talks
10 September 2011
Exhibition Talk. Liveable Cities - Architecture Agendas in Singapore and Germany
28 March 2011
Lecture. More Than Green! The Added Value of Cradle to Cradle in Architecture and Urban Planning by William McDonough
9 March 2011
Dialogue. Die Dynamik des Wandels. Jacob von Uexküll, Gründer des Alternativen Nobelpreises im Gespräch mit Monika Griefahn, Ministerin a. D.
3 March 2011
Film Screening. Tsunami Trace File: A Documentary by Mathias Klotz and Carlos Perez
20 September 2010