Architecture, Climate Crisis, Unsustainable forms, Disaster by Design, Spatial Consciousness, Critical form, Mitigation, Adaptation
Architecture | Environmental Design
The ShutDownDC protest that stopped traffic on Monday, September 23rd demonstrated a significant shift in the debate for climate justice. The movement targeted not only the culpable institutions but the physical infrastructures which both monumentalize and enable factors responsible for global climate change (in this case automobile infrastructure). This is a particularly relevant example of how built form not only reflects our cultural preferences for private transportation but also informs/enables the processes which are actively working against public good. In this example, road infrastructure is both a symbol and an active player in the game of continued environmental injustice.
This thesis looks towards documenting/analyzing/making critical and projective forms (in the manner Michael Hays / Robot Somol and Sarah Whiting identify in their corresponding Perspecta articles) which would exist in the cultural context which is now being referred to as the “climate crisis”.
While the crisis undoubtedly requires technical “solutions” it also demands an incredible social/cultural shift to which our understanding of architecture is intrinsically connected. This thesis focuses on the overlap between built form and culture and how projective work can insert itself into/forward the discussion on climate change as well as any technical solution.
Hogan, Daniel, "Intentionally Unsustainable Forms for Crisis Design: Planned Obsolescence" (2019). Architecture Thesis Prep. 377.
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