Earth Day symposium part one | The World Around x Virtual Design Festival | Dezeen

Our Virtual Design Festival collaboration with The World Around for Earth Day kicks off with a series of conversations with designers including Nelly Ben Hayoun and Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi.

The World Around’s Earth Day 2020 symposium, which we are broadcasting today as part of Virtual Design Festival, features talks, presentations, films and essays by over twenty visionaries at the forefront of ecological design.

Following a short introduction by The World Around curator Beatrice Galilee, the symposium starts with a conversation between Maite Borjbad, architecture and design curator at the Art Institute of Chicago, and architects Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe, who run London studio Cooking Sections.

The conversation covers the studio’s work investigating the relationship between climate change, diet and industrial food production, such as its Climavore installation on the Isle of Skye, which acts as a restaurant at low tide and an underwater oyster table when the tides rise.

This is followed by a conversation between experience designer Ben Hayoun and Sepake Angiama, artistic director of the Institute of International Visual Arts (INIVA), who discuss new ways of teaching and new spaces for learning via the medium of Instagram filters.

Galilee then speaks to Lagos architect Adeyemi about his research into communities that are living on the water (top image), and what architects should learn from the climate emergency and coronavirus pandemic.

The first session of the symposium ends with a conversation between Harriet Harriss, dean of architecture at Pratt Institute, and Timothy Morton, a philosopher and author of books including HyperObjects, Dark Ecology and Ecology Without Nature.

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