Venice Architecture Biennale
Giardini della Biennial
DESIGN EARTH presents The planet after geoengineering at the 17th Venice International Architecture Biennale, organized by Hashim Sarkis and entitled How will we live together?
To celebrate the opening, the animation of the project will be screened online for the opening weekend, from Thursday May 20 to Sunday May 23, 2021. Watch the film here.
In the midst of a climate crisis, DESIGN EARTH thinks with and against technologies that neutralize the effects of anthropogenic climate change by deliberately intervening in terrestrial systems. The planet after geoengineering depicts the Earth after the deployment of five of these technologies in a series of speculative fictions – Petrified Carbon, Arctic Albedo, Sky River, Sulfur Storm, and Dust Cloud – while locating these promising visions in a genealogy of climate control projects from the 19th century raining machines and volcanic eruptions to the military plans of the Cold War.
The planet after geoengineering builds the worlds and tells the stories of geoengineering in three narrative media: drawing, animation, book.
The 25 drawings are assembled into a single planetary section from deep subsoil to outer space. The installation is part of the Like a planet exhibition in the central Giardini pavilion.
The animation (1:30 p.m.) combines graphic and textual narratives with a musical score by Christine Southworth & Evan Ziporyn.
The book is a five-chapter graphic novel with three critical framing essays by geographer Kathryn Yusoff, theorist Benjamin Bratton, and climate intervention researcher Holly Jean Buck. The planet after geoengineering is published by Actar and with design assistance from the office of Luke Bulman. Learn more about the book here.
LAND OF DESIGN is headed by Rania Ghosn (Lebanon, born 1977) and El Hadi Jazairy (Algeria, born 1970) and is based in Cambridge, MA and Ann Arbor, MI. The practice of design research engages the speculative architectural project – as exhibited through drawings, narratives and artefacts – to make legible the systems, spaces and scales that underpin the current technological landscape and to elicit a debate on the climate crisis both within and beyond the discipline. . Their recent book Geostories: another architecture for the environment (2nd edition 2020; 2018), is a manifesto for the environmental imagination that makes the issues of climate change sensitive and, through geographic fiction, presents spaces of technological externalities that have hitherto nonexistent – such as landfills, soil erosion, freshwater scarcity, ocean acidification and deep-sea mining, air pollution, space debris and other chronic socio-ecological problems.
LAND OF DESIGN Group project
Project managers: Rania Ghosn and El Hadi Jazairy
Design Team: Reid Fellenbaum, Kelly Koh, Meng-Fu Kuo, Joude Mabsout, Jane Jia Weng; with contributions from Ayusha Ariana, Avery Nguyen, Michael Stradley
Animation team: Anhong Li, Monica Hutton
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Art, Science and Technology
University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
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