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Architectural Design Workshop — Climate Things: EarthDay+50

Enrollment: 
Limited to 12
Preference Given to: 
MArch, SMArchS, SMACT

CLIMATE THINGS designs and produce a series of interventions that make visible and public the climate crisis and to coincide with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on MIT Campus.

Held on April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day called for action upon the environmental crisis following the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. A whopping 22 million Americans took part in Earth Day’s marches, environmental teach-ins, and workshops in about 10,000 schools and 1,500 colleges, including University of Michigan, Penn State, Berkeley and University of Alaska. At Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park for Earth Day, which was organized by a group of Penn students, headliners included Ian McHarg, Lewis Mumford, Ralph Nader, Paul Erlich, and the cast of the Broadway musical Hair.

As Earth Day reaches its milestone 50th Anniversary in April 2020, climate change is the defining issue without a necessary emergency response. So how do designers engage in climate assemblies–communication and action? The class explores and deploys media strategies that to mobilize the needed imaginaries and actions for political changes. Most environmental educators agree that we need new images and stories to create new ethics for the planet of climate change and mobilize climate action now. A Climate Things Handbook will be produced to document the climate things and serve as lexicon for future aesthetic actions on the climate.