Columbia Books on Architecture and the City | Columbia University PressDescription via Amazon. This book is a collection of essays at the intersection of architecture and climate change. Neither a collective lament nor an inventory of architectural responses, the essays consider cultural values ascribed to climate and ask how climate reflects our conception of what architecture is and does. Which materials and conceptual infrastructures render climate legible, knowable, and actionable, and what are their spatial implications? How do these interrelated questions offer new vantage points on the architectural ramifications of climate change at the interface of resiliency, sustainability, and eco-technology? Climates also contains a dossier of precedents for thinking about architecture and climate change drawn from a number of leading practitioners.
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The editors, Esther Choi and Marrikka Trotter, observe in their introduction that architecture is in a state of crisis. Yet the editors also observe that architecture has never not been in a state of crisis. At least since the Renaissance, the field has experienced its crises like clockwork, tortured about its reasons for being and its ways of being in the world, in political, technical, and aesthetic terms. To see these struggles as the rule rather than the exception, the editors argue, would be an act of radical self-awareness for the profession, which could no longer excuse its actions as emergency measures, and would instead need to take honest stock of its conduct. The contributors to the volume—who are artists, designers, theorists, and often all three—reimagine what architecture might be. Many of them recast the role of the architect from that of builder, operating within the narrow constraints of the project and the imperatives of growth and profit, to that of public intellectual, organizer, and savvy stakeholder in political, legal, and economic discussions at the level of the building, the city, the region. Several of the authors emphasize the ethical responsibilities and agency of the architect as a way of throwing a lifeline to the profession.
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Welcome back to another year of critical essays from the Avery Review! Ways of Knowing Cities is based on the eponymous conference hosted by the Center for Spatial Research and explores urban epistemologies in an attempt to generate new critical perspectives on spatial research. - Amale Andraos born or  is a New York-based architect. She holds a B.