A GLOBAL MORATORIUM ON NEW CONSTRUCTION 🌏🏗🚫 

It has become unmanageable to ignore the complicit role that design disciplines play in environmental degradation, social injustice, and climate crisis. Not only is new construction destructive, but it is also unnecessary.

In 2050, the world population will plateau. Already, in countries where the generational renewal is no longer happening, scores of buildings stand empty, decaying. Yet and still, designers design, architects plan, planners envision — bathing in a contented delusion of design neutrality and powerlessness. This detachment is no longer tenable.

What Donna Haraway calls “the appropriation of nature as resource for the productions of culture” and the translation of the Earth’s resources into the built environment and its economic model of development, is mirrored in today’s global neo-colonial modes of extraction capitalism. The consequences are visible — the wall is in sight.

A drastic change to global construction protocols is necessary: the suspension of new construction, now.

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Roundtable 4: Seeking Policy: A Global Moratorium on New Construction


With Manuel Ehlers (Triodos Bank), Saskia Hebert (subsolar* architektur & stadtforschung), Tobias Hönig und Andrijana Ivanda (c/o now), Sabine Oberhuber (turntoo), Deane Simpson (Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts), and Ramona Pop (Deputy Mayor of Berlin).

August 19, @San Gimignano Lichtenberg, 19:00 CET

Moderated by Angelika Hinterbrandner (B+) and Charlotte Malterre-Barthes (Harvard GSD)

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PREVIOUS TALKS

Roundtable 1:
Stop Construction? A Global Moratorium on New Construction

April 23, 9-11 EST / 15-17 CET
@UPD, Harvard GSD

Arno Brandlhuber (b+/ETHZ), Cynthia Deng & Elif Erez (MArch 21’, Harvard GSD), Noboru Kawagishi (OMNIBUS/Tokyo Tech), Omar Nagati & Beth Stryker (CLUSTER), Sarah Nichols (Rice University), Ilze Wolff (Wolff Architects).

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Roundtable 2: Pivoting Practices: A Global Moratorium on New Construction

June 2,
@D-ARCH, ETH Zurich

with Menna Aga (Project Displaced), Sarah Barth (@countdown_20_30), Leon Beck (@agn_ethz), Silvia Gioberti (@guerillaarchitects) and Kerstin Müller (@bauburoinsitu zirkular)


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Roundtable 3: Non-Extractive Design: A Global Moratorium on New Construction

July 12, 17-19 CET
/ 11-13 EST @V—A—C Zattere

Connor Cook, Rhiarna Dhaliwal, Elisa Giuliano, Luke Jones, Artem Nikitin, Davide Tagliabue (residents of V—A—C Zattere) and Sofia Pia Belenky (Space Caviar)


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