The value assigned to various forms of land use, and various attitudes toward land as a resource, must be understood in terms of ecological services and impacts rather than narrowly defined economic imperatives.
The Five Thousand Pound Life: Land was a symposium on the need to consider settlement patterns and competing land uses in new ways given the reality of climate change. Organized by The Architectural League and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design and held on September 26, 2014, the symposium addressed American approaches to development and attitudes toward nature in three sessions: “Nature and the City,” “Spatial Logistics,” and “Density.” The day opened with remarks on “Land as a System” and closed with a conversation on “Land, Climate, and Culture.” The speakers and moderators were Kevin Bone, Vishaan Chakrabarti, Coral Davenport, Rosalie Genevro, Rob Holmes, Alex Klatskin, Jesse LeCavalier, Albert Pope, Eric Sanderson, Cassim Shepard, Rebecca Solnit, Ted Steinberg, Emily Talen, and Charles Waldheim.
Videos of the presentations and conversations that took place during the symposium, now including documentation of the “Land, Climate, and Culture” conversation, are available below.
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: October 27 – November 10, 2014.
September 26, 2014 | 5KL: Land | Rebecca Solnit and Cassim Shepard probe questions of American cultural identity in relation to land and environmentalism.
September 26, 2014 | 5KL: Land | Alex Klatskin, Rob Holmes, and Jesse LeCavalier reveal the spatial manifestation and consequences of logistics in ports, distribution centers, and more.
September 26, 2014 | 5KL: Land | Emily Talen, Albert Pope, and Charles Waldheim discuss the value of density and the forms that it takes — or should take — to mitigate ecological impact.
September 26, 2014 | 5KL: Land | Eric Sanderson and Ted Steinberg present New York City’s history and development and debate how we value — or don’t value — nature today.
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