[Response: Sylvia Lavin]
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 @5pm ET
N107 (School of Architecture)
Climate Inheritance is a speculative design publication that reckons with the complexity of world and heritage in the Anthropocene. The impacts of climate change on heritage sites—from Venice flooding to extinction in the Galápagos Islands—have garnered empathetic media attention in a landscape that has otherwise failed to communicate the urgency of the crisis. In a subversion of the media aura of heritage, DESIGN EARTH casts ten World Heritage sites as narrative figures to visualize pervasive climate risks and narrate entangled inheritances to bequeath other worlds and values.
Rania Ghosn is Associate Professor of architecture and urbanism at MIT and founding partner of DESIGN EARTH. She is author of Geographies of Trash (2015), Geostories: Another Architecture for the Environment (3rd ed. 2022; 2018), and The Planet After Geoengineering (2021). Ghosn holds a Doctor of Design from Harvard GSD, where she was founding editor of the journal New Geographies and editor of its issue Landscapes of Energy (2009).
Sylvia Lavin is a Professor of History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University. Her work explores the limits of architecture across a wide spectrum of historical periods. Her publications include Form Follows Libido: Architecture and Richard Neutra in a Psychoanalytic Culture, Everything Loose Will Land: 1970s Art and Architecture in Los Angeles and Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernist Myths. She is currently working on a new book, Building Sylvan Media.