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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 toward nature and nature’s possible attitudes toward us. We will release one episode each week for the next six weeks. Stay tuned!

Annabel Soutar is a playwright and the author of such works as Seeds (2013) and The Watershed (2015). In this short documentary play, she sits down to dinner with her family.

Hostile/Docile, episode 1: Annabel Soutar
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Cornelia Hahn Oberlander is a landscape architect whose works include the National Gallery of Canada, the Northwest Territories Legislative Building, and the VanDusen Botanical Garden. In this episode, she shares her vision of the Canadian Arctic.

Hostile/Docile, episode 2: Cornelia Hahn Oberlander
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Mirko Zardini is the Director of the CCA and curator of It’s All Happening So Fast. He presents the counter-historical project behind the exhibition and the book that accompanies it.

Hostile/Docile, episode 3: Mirko Zardini
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Eriel Tchekwie Deranger is a founder of Indigenous Climate Action, an indigenous rights advocate, and a representative of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Treaty 8 of Northern Alberta. In this talk, she exposes the predatory logic of Western economic and political ideologies.

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Douglas Coupland is a prolific artist and author. His most recent works include the exhibition and book BitRot (2015–2016), as well as Slogans for the Twenty-First Century (2011–2016) and The Ice Storm (2014), on view in It’s All Happening So Fast. He reads a commentary of his essay “Black Goo, 1973”.

Hostile/Docile, episode 5: Douglas Coupland
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This live taping was hosted by Lev Bratishenko from the CCA 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.

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