Past Event

It’s Simple: Histories of Architecture and/for the Environment

October 19, 2018
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Avery Hall (Room 114), Columbia University, 1172 Amsterdam Avenue, New York

Some profit from climate change, but many more suffer its consequences. It’s that simple; any history of anthropogenic planetary transformation is therefore also a history of inequality, injustice, and struggle. 

Arguing that architecture needs an environmental history, the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) has organized, with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the multidisciplinary, collaborative research project ”Architecture and/for the Environment.” But what should this history look like? Around whose priorities should its objects of inquiry be defined and assembled? What truths should it seek?

As a part of the CCA’s research project and in conjunction with the Buell Center’s “Power: Infrastructure in America” research initiative, this afternoon event will offer new directions and agendas for environmental histories of architecture that combine a planetary perspective with an assertion that national centers of power, particularly those in the United States, continue to hold outsize influence and responsibility. 

Join us for an afternoon of public presentations by the CCA’s Mellon Researchers on their projects, followed by a discussion.

Free and open to the public; No registration is required. Please visit the event webpage for more information. 


  • Daniel Barber; University of Pennsylvania 
  • Aleksandr Bierig; Harvard University
  • Nerea Calvillo; Warwick University
  • Jiat-Hwee Chang; National University of Singapore 
  • Isabelle Doucet; University of Manchester 
  • Hannah le Roux; University of the Witwatersrand 
  • Kiel Moe; McGill University, 
  • Paulo Tavares; Universidade de Brasília


  • Meredith TenHoor; Pratt Institute


  • Meredith TenHoor; Canadian Centre for Architecture
  • Kim Förster; Canadian Centre for Architecture