Carbon Fictions

Monday, September 21, 2020, 6 - 7:30pm

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In a free, public event as part of Cooper Union x Climate WeekElisa Iturbe, a critic at the Yale School of Architecture and Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Cooper Union, will be in conversation with Rania Ghosn, a founding partner of Design Earth and Associate Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture + Planning. They will explore the role of representation and speculative futures in architecture’s relationship to the climate crisis.

Registration is required.

Elisa Iturbe teaches design studio, analysis, and an Environments course titled “The City as Carbon Form” at The Cooper Union. She is also a critic at the Yale University School of Architecture (YSoA), where she also coordinates the dual-degree program between YSoA and the Yale School of the Environment. She received her bachelor's, master's of architecture and of engineering management at Yale University.

Rania Ghosn is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at MIT School of Architecture + Planning and founding partner of the practice DESIGN EARTH with El Hadi Jazairy. She holds a Doctor of Design from Harvard University, Master in Geography from University College London, and a Bachelor of Architecture from American University of Beirut.

This event is free and open to the public. 

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