ORDER! : The Spatial Ideologies of Carbon Modernity
Saturday, April 1, 2023, 11am - 6:30pm
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This event will be conducted in-person in the Rose Auditorium and through Zoom.
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With the onset of the industrial revolution, a new spatial order emerged—one that is not only energy-intensive, but one that also writes the social and economic structures of an industrial and extractive society into concrete, steel, and glass. As part of the exhibition Confronting Carbon Form, this symposium gathers architects, designers, scholars, historians, and theorists to identify and study the specific spatial concepts of that order—a necessary undertaking if architecture is to address the climate crisis.
The symposium will consist of three sessions, each of which will be organized in a point-counterpoint structure: two presentations will focus on a specific characteristic of carbon modernity, while a third will discuss a specific precedent or model that might contain the seeds of a counter-project.
Elisa Iturbe will deliver the opening remarks followed by presentations and discussions including Kathi Weeks, Esra Akcan, Cameron McEwan, Ross Exo Adams, Matthew Soules, Ana María Durán, Catherine Ingraham, Gary Fields, and David Wengrow.
11:00 AM | OPENING REMARKS, Elisa Iturbe
11:15–1:00 | SESSION 1: Temporal & Typological Order
This session looks at the imposition of new temporal and spatial orders as central to the project of industrialization. Talks will focus on the formation of the working class, which increased the separation between production and social reproduction, as well as the emergence of new architectural typologies. Both dramatically affected the spatial organization of social relations.
11:15–11:45 — Kathi Weeks
11:45–12:15 — Esra Akcan
12:15–12:45 — Cameron McEwan
12:45–1:00 — Discussion
1:00–2:00 | LUNCH
2:00–3:30 | SESSION 2: Expansion vs. Atomization
This session looks at the contradictory tendencies of development under fossil fuels: on one hand, the tendency for infrastructural integration in the service of totalizing expansion; on the other, the atomization and individuation brought about by the extreme commodification of space and an advanced real estate market.
2:15–2:45 — Ross Exo Adams
2:45–3:15 — Matthew Soules
3:15–3:45 — Ana María Durán
3:45–4:00 — Discussion
4:00–4:15 | BREAK
4:15–6:00 | SESSION 3: Abstraction & Land Hunger
The final session focuses on the role abstraction has played throughout carbon modernity, not only as an aesthetic concept, but also as a way of perceiving land and resources. Together, these presentations will emphasize how spatial concepts become ideological, imbricating aesthetic expression with the political unfolding of human relations.
4:15–4:45 — Catherine Ingraham
4:45–5:15 — Gary Fields
5:15–5:45 — David Wengrow
5:45–6:00 — Discussion
6:00–6:30 | FINAL DISCUSSION
Free and open to the general public.
Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)