Princeton Graduate Studio Final Review | Welfare Earth: Posthuman Keynesianism

Graduate Studio: Alejandro Zaera-Polo

Projects: 1.5 million new yorkers without internet; 1 tree/second; 198 lbs/capita; 218 tons of biomass/year; 80,000 tons of construction waste/year; 10 dB of noise mitigation; 300 tons of produce/year; 17,050,000 btu/hour; 50,000 liters of potable water/day; 4.4 million cubic meters of stored snow; 137 tons of nitrogen compounds

A discussion with: Lucia Allais, Jeffrey Anderson, Sylvester Black, Elie Bou-Zeid, Igor Bragado, Luis Callejas, Nerea Calvillo, Eva Franch i Gilabert, Miles Gertler, Francesca Hughes, Axel Kilian, Andreas Klok Pedersen, Maider Llaguno-Munitxa, Daniel López-Pérez, Forrest Meggers, Débora Mesa Molina, Ciro Najle, Dietmar Offenhuber, Lluís Ortega, Mahadev Raman, Carlo Ratti, and Meredith TenHoor


“We are genetically 99.5% alike. But we spend 99.5% of our time focused on that 0.5% that is different.” —Bill Clinton

This Fall 2020, ARC504 has been deepening its customary focus on contemporary ecological concerns and their environmental, political and economic implications. We are inspired by the emerging conflicts and alignments between ecological imperatives and social justice as illustrated by the Gilets Jaunes’ fight against environmental taxes on behalf of social justice, or the proven correlation between affluence and urban environmental quality.

The projects are aimed to identify opportunities to construct proposals for this Posthuman Keynesianism, which replaces the customary accounting of real estate in $/m2 by alternative economies of matter, energy, carbon, nitrogen, water, or biomass. The quantification of these future economies is a central consideration of the proposals, as a thread that transcends human and cultural qualifications.

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