Tbilisi architecture biennial

We Could Call This a Disaster

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05.11.20

Dear architects,

It is time to look closer, closer than we have ever done before. Not only to look closer at our relationship with ourselves as humans, but also our relationship to the biosphere, to Earth, to time, to societies, to urbanity, to borders, to resources, to other living and non-living entities. It is time to examine and reexamine our current narratives and established worldviews.

Because what we see further down the line is an uncertain future of a continuous succession of crises. A future where humanity’s project of universal colonization and reshaping of the planet establishes the Anthropocene – an era defined by humanity becoming a geophysical force on a planetary scale. A geophysical force that has created conditions that put us in the state of emergency we are facing today. Every crisis or challenge, even the ones we can see looming in the near future, is either caused or intensified by human activity.

However, if there is one thing this current pandemic has taught us, is that we are capable of immediate action, altering society as we know it. Nonetheless, all we hear is talk about getting back to business as usual. Why is that, when it is this exact business, of a neoliberal western worldview, which got us into these crises in the first place? Crises which are now feeding into one another; in other words, snowballing. Bill Gates calls this a ‘mutually exacerbating catastrophe. Continue Reading Here


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