Measure for the Anthropocene: Planetary Imagination and Design

Lecture | February 27 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Neyran Turan, College of Environmental Design

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

In light of our current political crisis around climate change, what can architecture and design contribute toward a new planetary imaginary of our contemporary environment? If climate change is a crisis of imagination, as literary historian Amitav Ghosh states, or a profound mutation in our relation to the world, as put by Bruno Latour, can design imagination provide any insights in this dilemma in positioning climate change as a cultural and political idea? This talk will present Turan's current research, which focuses on questions of representation and imagination in relation to climate change. She will present two of her recent projects that tackle these questions through a particular emphasis on resource extraction, materiality and waste.

Neyran Turan is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. She is also a partner at NEMESTUDIO, an architectural office that has been recognized with several awards, including the 2016 Architectural League New York Prize for Young Architects, 2016 Architects’ Newspaper Best of Design Award, Notable Award at Core 77 Design Awards 2017, and the Graham Foundation Award. Turan is the founding chief-editor of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design journal New Geographies and was the editor-in-chief of the first two volumes of the journal: New Geographies 0 (2008) and New Geographies: After Zero (2009). Turan holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Istanbul Technical University, a Master of Environmental Design from Yale School of Architecture, and a Doctor of Design from Harvard University Graduate School of Design., 510-642-8208