Energy is power. Even minor disruptions in the discovery, treatment, distribution, or consumption of energy can produce major disruptions in social, political, economic, environmental, and cultural structures. Energy is a lever unlike any other, and those who have access and influence to this lever closely guard it.
The Five Thousand Pound Life: The Energy Issue was a symposium on energy and architecture organized by The Architectural League and the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP). On May 10, 2014, architects led discussions on the energy issue with the investors, entrepreneurs, scientists, policy experts, journalists, and filmmakers closest to the power of energy. Speakers included Jeremy Leggett, who delivered the day’s keynote address, Michelle Addington, Rachel Boynton, William Braham, Marshall Cox, Rosalie Genevro, Kate Gordon, Carola Hein, Adrian Lahoud, Deirdre Lord, and Mark Wigley.
We have published videos of the presentations and conversations that took place during that symposium.
The Five Thousand Pound Life (5KL) is an initiative of The Architectural League on new ways of thinking, talking, and acting on architecture, climate change, and our economic future.
Published: June 23, 2014. Updated: September 2, 2014.
May 10, 2014 | 5KL: The Energy Issue | A diverse group of architects and academics along with a filmmaker and a journalist each present an idea on energy through his or her particular lens.
May 10, 2014 | 5KL: The Energy Issue | A panel focused on two start-ups, The Megawatt Hour and Radiator Labs, and their innovation in the energy sector.
May 10, 2014 | 5KL: The Energy Issue | In his keynote address, Jeremy Leggett addresses the systemic risk that climate change poses to energy markets.
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