Adrian Lahoud on the geopolitics of climate change

The Five Thousand Pound Life: The Energy Issue, The Energy Issues Panel (Part 4)

May 10, 2014

Adrian Lahoud addresses the geopolitics of climate change, in which a climate action in one place triggers widespread effects in another part of the world. He highlights the massive inequity between the spaces of consumption and the spaces of repercussion, saying, “We’re not all in it together.” The panel conversation emphasizes the need for an emotional connection to our consumption, so that we feel the consequences of our choices even if we never directly experience them.

At the time of this panel, Lahoud led the Master of Architecture (Urban Design) program at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London and was part of the organizing committee for Haus der Kulturen der Welt’s Anthropocene Curriculum. He is now Dean of the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art.

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) in May 2014.

The Energy Issues panel brought together a diverse group of architects and academics along with a filmmaker and a journalist to each present an idea on energy through his or her particular lens.