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.
To present a vast scope of relevant issues with navigational and conceptual clarity, content is grouped here into themes of Economics & Investment, Engagement & Practice, Design & Technology, and Communication & Ethics. Visit these 5KL theme pages using the links below to find a range of content from different vantage points. Also included below are an essay that introduces the 5KL initiative, a short questionnaire with experts from different fields, a curated reading list, and documentation from a May 2014 symposium on energy and architecture.
Originally published: September 11, 2013; Updates ongoing
Documentation of a symposium on energy and architecture organized by The League and the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
On the core connection between our individual and collective channeling of resources and the carbon byproducts of economic exchange. With Tim Jackson, Herman Daly, Erik Assadourian…
An exploration of democratic citizenship and decision-making within, and outside of, the confines of professional practice. With content by Dayna Cunningham, Indy Johar, and Rory Hyde.
An inquiry into the relationship between the iterative process of design and technological advancement in our pursuit of prosperity. With content by Bruno Latour and Rachel Armstrong.
Understanding our relationships with, and responsibilities to, other individuals, communities, nations, and generations. With content by Anthony Leiserowitz, Melissa Lane, and Stephen Gardiner.
Each 5KL participant is asked the same four questions on how we think, talk, and act on architecture, climate change, and our economic future.
A curated reading list providing an overview and introduction to themes and debates central to The Five Thousand Pound Life.
In anticipation of this year’s Ball and its theme of Craft, we highlight the work and expertise of the many artisans, consultants, and designers involved in the extensive restoration of the event venue, a landmarked bank building in Williamsburg. Newly released: a conversation with wallpaper designer Stephen Bauer.
In the third installment of interviews with this year’s Emerging Voices, accompanied by videos from the lecture series, Donald Chong, Betsy Williamson, & Shane Williamson of Williamson Chong Architects and Mauricio Rocha Iturbide & Gabriela Carrillo Valadez of TALLER |MauricioRocha+GabrielaCarrillo| discuss their work.
Susana Torre draws on a 1977 League exhibition and publication on women in the architectural profession to consider the influence that feminism has had on architecture and urban planning and to reflect on how the discourse has and has not changed.
Announcing the five teams selected to participate in a design study, held in partnership with the Center for an Urban Future, that seeks to articulate new architectural, financial, and programmatic possibilities for New York’s branch libraries.