The planet is the client

Eco-conscious answers to the question of just who (or what) architects serve began to arise during the environmental crisis of the early 1970s. Now, in the ominously termed Anthropocene, a wide variety of models—technical, aesthetic, corporate, political, ethical—for how architects might understand their relationship with the planet have taken root. We have been on the lookout for the most interesting ones; this issue tries to tease out some possibilities, both past and present.

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Hostile / Docile

It’s David Suzuki, Douglas Coupland, Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, Annabel Soutar, and Mirko Zardini. They present their work around questions of our attitude towards nature and nature’s possible attitudes towards us.

Full episodes will be released in 2017, now here’s a teaser from David Suzuki.

Hostile / Docile: David Suzuki teaser

This live taping was hosted by Lev Bratishenko to launch the book and open the exhibition It’s All Happening So Fast: A Counter-History of the Modern Canadian Environment, which looks at Canada as an exemplary case study in the history of “progress” and changing ideas of our relationships with the natural environment.