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Lecturer: Rania Ghosn, Associate Professor, MIT Architecture 

Title: Geostories

Date: Monday, March 27

Time: 12:00 p.m., MT

Location: CU Denver Building, 2nd floor gallery

RSVP: Qualtrics Survey | Qualtrics Experience Management

Lecture Description

How does the architectural imagination make sense of the Earth at a moment in which the planet is presented in crisis? In Geostories: Another Architecture for the Environment, DESIGN EARTH deploys the speculative project to make visible and public the climate crisis. The talk is prganized into three parts—terrarium, aquarium, planetarium—each of which revisits a media device—respectively expounded through drawing, model, and material archive— to reassemble publics around representations of the Earth. The architectural project here becomes a medium to critically synthesize spatial knowledge across scales and to speculate on how to live with the many forms of environmental externalities, including oil extraction, deep-sea mining, ocean acidification, air pollution, space debris, and a host of other social-ecological issues.

About Rania Ghosn

Rania Ghosn is Associate Professor of architecture and urbanism at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founding partner with El Hadi Jazairy of DESIGN EARTH. Their design research practice employs the speculative project as a medium to make public the climate crisis. The work of DESIGN EARTH is in the New York Museum of Modern Art permanent collection and has been widely published and exhibited internationally, recently at Venice Biennial, Bauhaus Museum Dessau and SFMOMA. Ghosn is recipient of the United States Artist Fellowship, Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers, Graham Foundation grants, and ACSA Faculty Design Awards for outstanding work in environmental design fields as a critical endeavor. Her books include Geostories: Another Architecture for the Environment (3rd ed. 2022; 2018), Geographies of Trash, 2015, and The Planet After Geoengineering (2021). She is founding member of the journal New Geographies and editor-in-chief of the issue Landscapes of Energy. Ghosn holds a Bachelor of Architecture from American University of Beirut, a Master of Geography from University College London, and a Doctor of Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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