The Anthropocene’s residues of human intervention are irremediably altering the Earth’s geophysical properties. These processes include the implementation of architectural projects and new cities that are fueled by natural resources’ extraction and result in the production and accumulation of waste. To this new geological era are also associated environmental catastrophes, caused by unsustainable human practices.
This scenario suggests a necessary paradigm shift in architectural thinking, both in theory and in practice. Spatial designers, informed by philosophy and environmental studies are, indeed, questioning the anthropocentric foundations of their work.
Post-Anthropocentric Architectural Futures wishes to identify the future directions of architectural theory and practice in light of these changes. It, therefore, raises these crucial questions: How is this new era shaping the architectural debate? How we will approach the challenges brought by the Anthropocene for a sustainable, decarbonized, localized, and circular economy? What are the alliances that can be potentially established between humans and non-humans? The emphasis on interspecies synergy, for instance, underlines major changes in the ways in which global identity models are shifting, opening towards the natural environment and, consequently, impacting architectural thinking.
This symposium opens up a multidisciplinary debate among female leading voices on the subject of post-Anthropocentric design that has the potential to shape the future of architecture.
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Introduction and Moderation
Francesca Romana Forlini
Visiting Assistant Professor, New York Tech School of Architecture and Design
Associate Professor of Architecture, The Cooper Union + Principal of ANAcycle design & research thinktank
Lydia Kallipoliti is an architect, engineer, and scholar whose research focuses on the intersections of architecture, technology and environmental politics. She is an Associate Professor at the Cooper Union in New York. Kallipoliti is the author of The Architecture of Closed Worlds, Or, What is the Power of Shit (Lars Muller Publishers, 2018), the History of Ecological Design for Oxford English Encyclopedia of Environmental Science (2018) and the editor of EcoRedux, an issue of Architectural Design in 2010.
Her work has been awarded, published and exhibited widely including the Venice Biennial, the Istanbul Design Biennial, the Shenzhen Biennial, the Oslo Architecture Trienalle, the Onassis Cultural Center, the Lisbon Triennale, the Royal Academy of British Architects, the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York and the London Design Museum. She is the principal of ANAcycle research thinktank, which has been named a leading innovator in sustainable design in Build’s 2019 and 2020 awards and Head Co-Curator of the 2022 Tallinn Architecture Biennale that was the winning project of the year at 2023 Design Educates Awards. Kallipoliti holds a Diploma in Architecture and Engineering from AUTh in Greece, a Master of Science (SMArchS) from MIT and a PhD from Princeton University.
Catherine Ingraham, Ph.D.
Professor, Graduate Architecture Program, Pratt Institute. Author: Architecture's Theory (MIT Press 2023)
Catherine Ingraham is a tenured Professor in the Graduate Program of Architecture at Pratt Institute and a periodic visiting faculty member at the GSD, Harvard University and GSAPP Columbia University. Ingraham's publications include three books, Architecture and The Burdens of Linearity (Yale University Press, 1998, Architecture, Animal, Human (Routledge, 2006), and Architecture's Theory (MIT Press, 2023), and include numerous essays. Dr. Ingraham has lectured and presented papers at multiple national and internationals schools of architecture and was co-editor for eight years, with Michael Hays and Alicia Kennedy, of the critical journal Assemblage.
She has won fellowships and awards, among them, a two-year Fellowship at the Chicago Institute for Architecture and Urbanism, a six month Fellowship. in Canadian Center for Architecture Fellowship in Montreal, residencies at MacDowell Colony, and grants from NEA and the Graham Foundation grants Ingraham did her doctoral work at Johns Hopkins University.
Professor of Philosophy, NYU-Liberal Studies
Francesca Ferrando is Professor of Philosophy at NYU Liberal Studies. A philosopher, lecturer and translated author. A leading voice in the field of Posthuman Studies.