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
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?
University Design Studio. Animalesque with AA Architectural Association Visiting School
6 - 17 August 2018
COMPLETED PROJECTS AND PAST EVENTS
Symposium. Animalesque with AA Architectural Association
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
6 December 2014
Master Lecture. Shigeru Ban: Works and Humanitarian Activities
7 October 2014
Collaborative Research. Enquiry Week: Water as Ritual with ANCB Partner Axor / Hansgrohe SE
22 - 28 August 2014
Exhibition Talk. ArchiAid. The Great East Japan Earthquake Recovery Program
25 October 2013
Collaborative Research. Overflowing Potential: The Urban Water Challenge with ANCB Partner Axor / Hansgrohe SE
10 - 15 June 2013
Symposium. Water Talks. In Cooperation with Aedes East e. V.
10 September 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