Histories of Ecological Design; An Unfinished Cyclopedia

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Histories of Ecological Design; An Unfinished Cyclopedia

April 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT


This event is the book talk of Histories of Ecological Design; An Unfinished Cyclopedia (Actar, 2024) by Lydia Kallipoliti.

It will be conducted in-person in the third floor lobby of the Cooper Union and through Zoom, free and open to public. The talk will be presented in conjunction with the Third Floor Hallway Gallery exhibition Lydia Kallipoliti: Histories of Ecological Design—An Unfinished Cyclopedia and will be followed by a conversation with Stan Allen (Princeton University) and Cynthia Davidson (Log).

Histories of Ecological Design; An Unfinished Cyclopedia presents conflicting definitions and concepts of architects and designers and the parallel histories of their intellectual positions toward environmental thought from the 19th century to today. To survey the formation of this field, the context is not exclusively examined chronologically, but also in connected worldviews, each rendering evolving perceptions of nature, its relation to culture, and the occupation of the planet by human and non-human subjects. The book showcases that ecological design starts with the reconceptualization of the world as a complex system of flows rather than a discrete compilation of objects, which visual artist and theorist György Kepes has described as one of the fundamental reorientations of the 20th century.

For Zoom attendance, please register in advance here.

For in-person attendance, please register here.


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