Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 6:00pm
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Tsai Auditorium (CGIS South), 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge

Earth Is Not My Home

The Harvard University Center for the Environment and GSD 5389: Integrated Design and Planning for Climate Change invite you for a lecture by Troy Conrad Therrien, Curator, Architecture and Digital Initiatives, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, followed by a conversation with Jesse M. Keenan, Harvard Graduate School of Design and Harvard Kennedy School.

The present architectural discourse about climate change predominantly focuses on solutions, adaptations, regulations, and other approaches for changing course. And, of course, it does—but, architecture can also tell us about our climate past. This talk incorporates new discoveries ranging from paleoanthropology to the science of psychedelics, scriptural exegesis to chaos magic, to speculate an origin story for architecture that can be used to think through our climate future.

Troy Conrad Therrien is Curator, Architecture and Digital Initiatives at the Guggenheim Museum, and adjunct faculty at Columbia University and the Architectural Association. Initially trained in computer engineering, mathematics, and commerce, and later in architecture, his work has since combined these fields. At the Guggenheim, he organized the museum’s first-ever online exhibition, Åzone Futures Market (2015), co-organized Architecture Effects (2018-2019) in Bilbao in 2018-2019, and is organizing the forthcoming Countryside, The Future with Rem Koolhaas/AMO, opening in New York in early 2020. At Columbia and the Architectural Association, he teaches architecture seminars related to ancient history, magic, and contemporary technology. He is currently a member of the United Nations Global Network on Digital Technologies for Sustainable Urbanization (iTSUN), and regularly publishes, serves on awards juries, and speaks internationally. He holds Masters degrees in architecture from the Architectural Association in London and Columbia University in New York City and a Bachelors of Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia in Canada.

Jesse M. Keenan is a social scientist and a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Design with a joint appointment at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, as a Fellow of Science, Technology and Public Policy, at Harvard University. Keenan’s principle research focus is on climate change adaptation and the built environment, including aspects of design, engineering, financing, regulation and planning. Keenan is a member of the U.S. delegation to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and is a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Keenan’s research has partnered with a variety of global actors, including the AIA, Audi, Carnegie Corporation, EPA, Goldman Sachs, Google, ICC, Knight Foundation, MoMA, Mori Foundation, Lennar Foundation, NASA, National Security Council, National Institute of Standards and Technology, NSF, Open Society Foundation, Regional Plan Association, RAND Corporation, the White House and the U.N. Keenan’s books include Blue Dunes: Climate Change by Design (Columbia University Press), Climate Change Adaptation in North America: Experiences, Case Studies and Best Practices (Springer) and Climate Adaptation Finance and Investment in California (Routledge). Keenan holds degrees in the law (J.D., LL.M.) and science of the built environment (M.Sc.), including a Ph.D. from the Delft University of Technology.


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