Jan 30, 2014
The Urban Theory Lab-GSD and the Urbanism Landscape Ecology concentration of the GSD’s MDesS program are hosting a discussion with environmental photojournalist Garth Lenz. Joining this dialogue on aerial photography, landscapes of environmental destruction and early 21st century urbanization will be faculty members Neil Brenner, Sonja Dümplemann and Jeanne Haffner. Exploring the landscapes of ecological destruction that underpin our fossil fuel-based economy, Lenz’ images also offer a unique perspective on contemporary forms of capitalist urbanization and landscape transformation. The Urban Theory Lab’s newly published volume Implosions / Explosions: Towards a Study of Planetary Urbanization (Berlin: Jovis, 2013) prominently features some of Lenz's most striking images from the Canadian Tar Sands in Northern Alberta. This event will be an opportunity to discuss Lenz's images in the context of the GSD's broader engagements with contemporary issues in landscape, urbanism, infrastructural design and environmental politics.