2018 November 10 / 14:30
Round Table
Elke Krasny

The climate crisis exposes the planet to extreme weather events and environmental disasters. The planet is exhausted. Land, which can not be reproduced, has been transformed into a war zone over resources. Austerity measures result in permanently failing public infrastructures with disastrous consequences for health, education, and well-being. Homes have been turned into objects of speculation. People are chronically in debt as their lives are mortgaged and overstressed because their rent is rising. Where does all this leave architecture and urbanism? The alarms have been sounding for a while. Every wake-up call is a call to action.

Weaving together examples in art and architecture with political thought, UN human rights discourse, the UN Conference on the Human Environment, the UN Habitat Conferences, and ecological philosophy, in particular Félix Guattari’s The Three Ecologies, this lecture introduces the idea of the planet as a territory of care and raises the question how this will change the practices and the values in architecture and urbanism.

Elke Krasny is a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria. She is a cultural theorist, urban researcher, and curator. Krasny holds a PhD from the University of Reading, UK. In 2012 she was a visiting scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montréal, and in 2011 the visiting curator at the Hong Kong Community Museum. Curatorial works include: Care + Repair with Angelika Fitz (2017–2019) and Suzanne Lacy’s International Dinner Party in Feminist Curatorial Thought (2016). She co-edited In Reserve: The Household! (2015) and Hands-On Urbanism. The Right to Green (2012).

Empty Shoes in Silent Protest. Climate Change March in Paris cancelled because of security concerns after November 13 terror attacks Paris, Place de la République, 2015 
Photo: Julien Helaine