The Overshoot is the scenario through which the United Nations, the European Union, and others propose to manage the global economic relationship to carbon emissions. In short, the plan is to continue emitting CO2 (with some reductions unevenly committed to or acted upon), while relying on the future development of carbon-capture technologies to draw some of those emissions back out of the atmosphere – reaching what is termed “Net-Zero Carbon.” According to this plan, the next few decades will see more-or-less business-as-usual in terms of carbon emissions and climate disruptions, and thus continued threats the lives and livelihoods of millions. The rest of our lives will be in the Overshoot.
On the occasion of IABR IT’S ABOUT TIME, Daniel Barber gives a lecture on how to design for the Overshoot. We will explore three conceptual figures – Thermal Practices, Stranded Assets, and Emergency Exits – which suggest new approaches to research, design, and social engagement. Collectively they reframe architecture as means to provide shelter, services, and space for community, and also to cultivate hope, amidst the ongoing climate emergency.
About Daniel Barber
Daniel A. Barber is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). His research focuses on environmental dimensions of architecture’s past, present, and future - he is especially interested in how the pedagogy and practice of architecture are changing in response to the climate emergency. His latest book is Modern Architecture and Climate: Design before Air Conditioning (Princeton UP, 2020); see also the article “After Comfort” (Log 47, 2019).
12.15 Doors open
12.30 Word of Welcome by Léa-Catherine Szacka, co-curator IT’S ABOUT TIME, co-founder of PASZA Platform for Architectural Research, senior lecturer in Architectural Studies at the University of Manchester and visiting lecturer at The Berlage, Delft University of Technology).
12.40 - 13.20 Lecture by Daniel Barber
Soup is served after the lecture.
Date: Thursday October 6
Time: 12.30 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Location: Ferro, Keileweg 25, Rotterdam
Admission: The lecture is free, provided you have a valid ticket to the exhibition. Click here to buy an exhibition ticket for October 6. Additional pre-registration via this link is strongly recommended.