What if the people seized the means of climate production? Holly Jean Buck charts a possible course to a liveable future. Climate restoration will require not just innovative technologies to remove carbon from the atmosphere, but social and economic transformation.
Holly Jean Buck is an assistant professor in the Dept. of Environment & Sustainability at the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York. She recently wrote a book about best and worst-case scenarios for deliberately intervening in the climate — and why we should re-imagine carbon removal technologies. It’s called After Geoengineering.
Dan Hill is Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova, the Swedish government’s innovation agency. A designer and urbanist, Dan’s previous design leadership roles include Arup, Future Cities Catapult, Fabrica, SITRA and the BBC. He’s lived and worked in UK, Australia, Finland, Italy and Sweden. Dan is Visiting Professor at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose and at Design Academy Eindhoven, Adjunct Professor at RMIT University, Design Advocate for the Mayor of London, and a Trustee of Participatory City Foundation.
In this lecture, by demonstrating some of his strategic design work at Vinnova, the Swedish government’s innovation agency, as well as elsewhere, Dan will describe what it might mean to reorient around social progress, climate resilience and public health, rather than unequal economic growth, poor health, social injustices and environmental degradation. The concept of ‘the Slowdown’ will be discussed, describing emerging thinking and practice about places, cultures and economies beyond the constant growth assumptions of the Great Acceleration of the last century. This suggests something of a battle for the infrastructures of everyday life, a genuine engagement with the technologies around us, and new ways of thinking about public and civic sensibilities and structures, participation and practices. Unpacking the concept of ‘dark matter’ in this context, and drawing from multiple projects, Dan will show how traditional lenses of design — from architecture to interaction design — might be trained on these big picture challenges.