PARADISE FOUND, PARADISE LOST. Negotiating Between Growing Demands and Depleting Natural Resources

In the history of all settlements are moments of negotiation with the natural environment. The paradise found becomes a paradise lost when the natural resources that sustain settlements suddenly threaten their stability through extreme and destructive natural phenomena: floods, droughts, earthquakes, and forest fires to list but a few.

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, as the demands on natural resources cannot seem to be curtailed. 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.

This theme explores the role of architecture, urban and landscape design in improving negotiations between a place, the natural resources that sustain it, the quality-of-life‚Ä® demands made on these resources by the people in that place, and the urgent environmental responsibilities of advanced societies everywhere. How can more knowing and careful demands on water, energy and materials 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?

In preparation. To be announced shortly.

Lecture. Kashef Chowdhury
25 January 2019

Public Lecture. Emanuele Coccia. Pollination and Interspecific Agriculture and Christopher Pierce. Recipes for Food and Architecture
16 August 2018

Public Lecture. Ricardo de Ostos. Animal Visions
15 August 2018

Symposium. Animalesque
Video Recording
4 April 2018

Symposium and Exhibition. Mountains / Architecture / Tourism. Between South Tyrolean Alps and Tibetan Himalayas

30 January 2015

Symposium and Exhibition. After Hurricane Sandy. Rebuild by Design. Resilient Planning Through Collaborative Design
Video Recording
6 December 2014

Master Lecture. Shigeru Ban: Works and Humanitarian Activities
Video Recording
7 October 2014

Collaborative Research. Enquiry Week: Water as Ritual with ANCB Partner Axor / Hansgrohe SE
Video Recording
22 - 28 August 2014

Exhibition Talk. ArchiAid. The Great East Japan Earthquake Recovery Program
Video Recording
25 October 2013

Collaborative Research. Overflowing Potential: The Urban Water Challenge with ANCB Partner Axor / Hansgrohe SE
Video Recording
10 - 15 June 2013

Film Screening and Podium Discussion. My Home is my Bottle. Die Großfassade aus PET-Flaschen des EcoArk Pavillon in Taipeh
23 November 2011

Symposium. Water Talks. In Cooperation with Aedes East e. V.
10 September 2011

Podium Discussion. 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, Chile
20 September 2010

More Info:
Theme Booklet

Dunya Bouchi


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