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Symposium: "A Constructed World" at Yale School of Architecture

  • 07:00 - 26 September, 2015
Symposium: "A Constructed World" at Yale School of Architecture
Symposium: "A Constructed World" at Yale School of Architecture

The J. Irwin Miller Symposium, “A Constructed World,” from October 1-3, 2015 is convened by Joyce Hsiang and Bimal Mendis in conjunction with the exhibition, “City of 7 Billion,” at the Yale School of Architecture. The symposium brings together leading voices across multiple disciplines, with the keynote by the philosopher Peter Sloterdijk and closing address by Hashim Sarkis, and includes: Lucia Allais, Pierre Bélanger, Phillip Bernstein, Benjamin Bratton, Nicholas de Monchaux, Keller Easterling, Ariane Lourie Harrison, Tim Ingold, Clara Irazábal, Adrian Lahoud, Adam Lowe, Aihwa Ong, John Palmesino, Neil Brenner, William Rankin, Todd Reisz, Elihu Rubin, Kathryn Sullivan, Dana Tomlin, Annabel Wharton, Mark Wigley, Mark Williams and Liam Young.

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The world is constructed. It is the product of material realities, philosophical concepts, and imaginary ideals. No part of the world remains unaffected by the cumulative impact of human activity. Through complex processes of exploration, habitation, cultivation, transportation, consumption, and surveillance, the world has become increasingly interconnected. According to ongoing scientific research, the world appears to have crossed the threshold of a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene. Scientists, geologists, and environmentalists acknowledge that humans are transforming the world at an unprecedented scale. This assertion begs the questions: How is the world constructed? What is the role of design?

The symposium will explore how the contemporary world is being constructed both physically and conceptually. Leading voices from diverse fields such as architecture, anthropology, economics, geography, planning and philosophy will address how humans are playing an increasingly decisive role in shaping the world and interrogate the implications of these actions. Using terms of construction as a framework for discussion, panels will ask what it means to survey, excavate, demolish, scaffold, frame or assemble the world. This dialogue provides the opportunity to enrich our understanding of the world and establish common terms of engagement in relation to dramatically changing conditions. As crises and opportunities transcend both municipal and national borders, the need to operate at the scale of the world has never been more urgent.

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