1973 : Sorry, Out of Gas
Featuring over 350 objects including architectural drawings, photographs, books and pamphlets, archival television footage, and historical artifacts, the exhibition 1973: Sorry, Out of Gas mapped the architectural response to the energy crisis and its relevance today.
Environmental Challenges and Urban Solutions
To kick off “Architecture and/for the Environment,” in December 2016, the CCA invited project advisors Daniel Abramson and Imre Szeman to present two key concepts that reconceive the environment in the history of architecture: obsolescence and petrocultures.
Fluvia Metropolis Workshop
Topics of discussions included: sustainable solutions for issues like water resource management, energy efficiency, technology innovation, human and environmental health, as well as equity and fairness, poverty and job creation, and more intangible notions of belonging – of cities as homes.
Food and the City: Histories of Culture and Cultivation
Food and the City explores the physical, social, and political relations between the production of food and urban settlements. Edited by Dorothée Imbert, its thirteen essays discuss the multiple scales and ideologies of productive landscapes--from market gardens in sixteenth-century Paris to polder planning near mid-twentieth century Amsterdam to opportunistic agriculture in today's Global South--and underscore the symbiotic connection between productive landscape and urban form across times and geographies.
Harvard Mumbai Portal
Harvard’s Mumbai portal explores how increasing concentrations of global flows have exacerbated the inequalities and spatial divisions of social classes in this city. Seminars and workshops cover: temporality and urban form; metropolitan imaginations and the city; conservation; environmentalism; sanitation; and the question of the public’s role in activism, advocacy and governance.
It’s All Happening So Fast
In an age of unprecedented human impact on the planet, certain countries stand out for their privileged positions and the complexity of their relationships with the land. Presenting case studies of environmental disasters and activist responses, the exhibition It’s All Happening So Fast explored Canadians’ often conflicted and conflicting views of the “natural” environment.
Keywords for the Environment
The Toolkit for Today program at the CCA invites scholars to open up their toolboxes and share the methods and concepts with which they work on contemporary issues in architecture and related disciplines. In 2016, the Toolkit for Today focused on “Keywords for the Environment,” with Ashley Dawson speaking on Resilience, Reinhold Martin on Power Rafico Ruiz on the North, and Jane Hutton on Materials.
Living With Water Competition Proposals
Program participants submitted proposals that outline how Boston should prepare for a future in which rising sea levels brought on by climate change would leave parts of the city under water.
Producing Waste/Producing Space
Producing Waste/Producing Space brought together scholars engaging in innovative research on the origins, meanings and repercussions of waste landscapes in conversation with artists and architects conducting design research and interventions in spaces designated as waste or wasted.