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Global Design NYU London 2012



“Energy-saving technologies are not enough to stem climate change,” says host group from NYU

A groundbreaking exhibition series explores how architecture and design can help reduce climate change and bridge the gap between people and the natural world.

“Elsewhere Envisioned” will draw more than 30 leading designers, architects, landscape architects, urbanists, historians, and scientists to London’s Building Centre from 20 September to 20 October, 2012.

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Hosted by NLA – London’s Centre for the Built Environment, “Elsewhere Envisioned” is presented by GLOBAL Design NYU (GDNYU), directed and curated by New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study professors Peder Anker, Louise Harpman, and Mitchell Joachim.

WHAT:         “Elsewhere Envisioned”
WHEN:         20 September – 20 October, 2012
WHERE:       The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT
WHO:           Free and open to the public
ON VIEW:    Drawings and physical models by leading architects and designers

Participants include: Aberrant (UK), ACME (UK), atmos (UK), AWP (France), BIG (Denmark), Biothing (UK), BLOOM (UK), Creus and Carrasco (Spain), CUAC (Spain), David Kohn (UK), doxiadis+ (Greece), Code: Architects / Eriksen + Skajaa (Norway), Fantastic Norway (Norway), Groundlab (UK), Haugen/Zohar (Norway), HHF (Switzerland), Jestico + Whiles (UK), J. Mayer H. (Germany), LAVA (Germany, Australia), Ordinary [Magnus Larsson & Alex Kaiser] (UK), Mi5 (Spain), MMW (Norway), NEA Studio (Norway, USA), New Territories (France), OSA_Office of Subversive Architecture (Germany), Rachel Armstrong (UK), Raumlabor Berlin (Germany), Serie (UK), SLA (Denmark), Specht Harpman (USA), Studio Weave (UK), Terreform ONE (USA), Topotek1 (Germany)

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September 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm 1 comment

My Interview in Adam Curtis’ BBC TV Documentary

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

2. The Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts

Article in The Observer “How the ‘ecosystem’ myth has been used for sinister means” by Adam Curtis. Check also out this Curtis interview.

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Top Documentary Films

Broadcast on BBC Two, 9:00 p.m. Monday, 30 May 2011: A series of films exploring the idea that we have been colonised by the machines we have built. Although we don’t realise it, the way we see everything in the world today is through the eyes of the computers.

This is the story of how our modern scientific idea of nature, the self-regulating ecosystem, is actually a machine fantasy. It has little to do with the real complexity of nature. It is based on cybernetic ideas that were projected on to nature in the 1950s by ambitious scientists. A static machine theory of order that sees humans, and everything else on the planet, as components – cogs – in a system.

But in an age disillusioned with politics, the self-regulating ecosystem has become the model for utopian ideas of human ‘self-organizing networks’ – dreams of new ways of organising societies without leaders, as in the Facebook and Twitter revolutions, and in global visions of connectivity like the Gaia theory.

This powerful idea emerged out of the hippie communes in America in the 1960s, and from counterculture computer scientists who believed that global webs of computers could liberate the world.

But, at the very moment this was happening, the science of ecology discovered that the theory of the self-regulating ecosystem wasn’t true. Instead they found that nature was really dynamic and constantly changing in unpredictable ways. But the dream of the self-organizing network had by now captured our imaginations – because it offered an alternative to the dangerous and discredited ideas of politics.

Check out Stephen Duncombe’s excellent piece “Adam Curtis: Dystopian Dialectics,Photoworks, Jan 15, 2014.


June 3, 2011 at 4:00 pm 4 comments

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