Many international firms headquartered in major financial districts play a key part in funding industries responsible for climate change and environmental degradation—such as palm oil plantations, deep-sea drilling, and tar sands mining. In the public imaginary, these activities are often thought of as problems unfolding in far-flung landscapes. This project seeks to highlight how they also take place within a planetary-scale market landscape at the centres of our cities, such as Central, Hong Kong and Canary Wharf, London.
This guided walking tour of Canary Wharf, London links the workplaces of financial firms to the effects their activities have on the world. Features encountered at street level—like place names, plant species, public artwork, and architectural designs—reveal the paradoxes and contradictions of corporate global actions. Walking tour participants will rediscover the landscape of an urban financial district in light of environmental emergency and gain a deeper understanding of the designer’s role in the making of our current geological epoch, the Anthropocene.
The walking tour will be held twice on two dates, 29 and 30 June, at 4pm. The walking tour is approximately 2.5km long and will last two hours. The route is wheelchair friendly, and there will be stops to sit down and rest along the way.
The event is led by the CCA’s 2018-2019 Emerging Curators, Sben Korsh and Maxime Decaudin.
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