The Five Thousand Pound Life is an initiative dedicated to new ways of thinking, talking, and acting on architecture, climate change, and our economic future.
Economics & Investment
The causes of climate change are deeply embedded in our carbon-intensive methods of production, distribution, and consumption. Understanding the core connection between the measurement and calibration of economic exchange, our individual and collective channeling of resources, and the carbon byproducts of these decisions are fundamental to informing policy and practice.
5KL: An Overview
Introducing the League’s overarching initiative that seeks to imagine an economically and ecologically viable American future.
Engagement & Practice
An exploration of democratic citizenship and decision-making within, and outside of, the confines of professional practice.
Design & Technology
An inquiry into the relationship between the iterative process of design and technological advancement in our pursuit of prosperity.
Communication & Ethics
An emphasis on understanding our relationships with, and responsibilities to, other individuals, communities, nations, and generations.
April 24, 2014 | The Five Thousand Pound Life: Prosperity for a Finite Planet | Video from Tim Jackson’s lecture and discussion with Eduardo Porter on the relationship between economic growth and prosperity
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.
Sticks by Hou de Sousa was the winner of Folly 2016. Read an essay on this functional structure by Pasqualina Azzarello, Socrates Director of Public Programs; a roundtable discussion featuring the designers among other participants; and a look at this year’s other notable competition entries.
Announcing the winners of the Architectural League Prize 2016: (im)permanence
A collection of the winning essays from the fourth annual Urban Omnibus writing competition, As Seen On [ ].
Torqueing Spheres by IK Studio was the winner of Folly 2015. Explore an interview with Mariana Ibañez and Simon Kim, a photo essay on the fabrication, and other notable entries from this year’s competition.