The United States faces two immense and inextricable challenges: how to reimagine the American way of life to address the impacts of climate change, and how to build a new and robust economic structure that offers viable and sustainable livelihoods and lifestyles across the income spectrum for all Americans. The Architectural League has launched The Five Thousand Pound Life—an initiative of public events, digital releases, and a major design study—as a contribution to what must be a broad collective effort, spanning geographies, generations, occupations, disciplines, and ideologies, to address those intertwined challenges.
This page presents, in reverse chronological order, all of the content related to the two-year initiative. For an extended introductory essay outlining the scope and intentions of the project, click here.
Originally published: September 11, 2013; Updates ongoing
Rachel Armstrong explains how we can reach the enticing prospect of ecological technologies that position change as a source of power, not vulnerability.
In an interview with Rory Hyde, Indy Johar expresses a need for architects to embrace holistic thinking and cross-disciplinary work in the aim of creating ”a virtuous social, environmental, and economic cycle.”
Dayna Cunningham argues that social movements must gain wider currency and affect environmental change by viewing issues of employment, crime, and health as ecological concerns.
Stephen Gardiner explores how individuals should think about their responsibilities within a global, intergenerational crisis such as climate change.
Each 5KL participant is asked the same four questions on how we think, talk, and act on architecture, climate change, and our economic future.
Herman Daly argues for the transition to a steady-state economy: one that recognizes and respects the fixed ecological limits of the planet.
Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger espouse an optimistic environmental thinking promoting sustained government investment in the development of clean energy technologies.
A curated reading list providing an overview and introduction to themes and debates central to The Five Thousand Pound Life.
Drawing on ideas explored in her book Eco-Republic, Melissa Lane suggests a new ideal of citizenship, and the role of architects, in a sustainable society.
Worldwatch Institute Senior Fellow Erik Assadourian argues that creating alternate measures of societal progress is one step, but achieving that progress will require ending growth as we know it.
Anthony Leiserowitz offers a presentation and leads a discussion about American perceptions and understanding of climate change with panelists Dale Jamieson, Paul Lewis, and Kate Orff.
The first installment of an ongoing series looking at independent projects funded by the NYSCA Architecture + Design Program and sponsored by the League.
Two new reports in the ongoing effort to highlight the work of past Norden grantees through their essays, photographs, and sketches from around the world. The deadline this year is April 17.
Announcing the 2014 winning firms.
This week, Rachel Armstrong explains how we can reach the enticing prospect of ecological technologies that position change as a source of power, not vulnerability.