VDF collaborates with The World Around to host symposium for Earth Day

Lynne M. Centeno

To mark Earth Day, VDF collaborated with The World Around to host a series of talks, interviews, short films and essays exploring ideas that could “shape the future of our relationship with the planet”.

Today’s programme features designers Nelly Ben Hayoun and Thomas Thwaites and architects Kunlé Adeyemi, Cameron Sinclair and London studio Cooking Sections, whose Climavore installation is pictured above, plus curator Aric Chen and more. See the schedule below for timings.

Curated by Beatrice Galilee of The World Around in partnership with Facebook’s Artist in Residence programme, the Earth Day 2020 symposium will feature over twenty leading figures working on environmental issues around the world.

The World Around curator Beatrice Galilee
Beatrice Galilee curated The World Around Earth Day 2020 symposium

It takes place on the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day on 22 April 1970, which saw 20 million people in the USA demonstrate against the damage human activity causes the natural

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“It’s hard to yearn for a return to pre-pandemic normal” says Design Earth

Lynne M. Centeno

El Hadi Jazairy and Rania Ghosn of collaborative architecture practice Design Earth discuss how to engage with the climate emergency in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic in this interview with architecture writer Carson Chan, which forms part of our Virtual Design Festival collaboration with The World Around for Earth Day.

The World Around’s Earth Day 2020 symposium, which we are broadcasting today as part of Virtual Design Festival, features talks, presentations, films and essays by over twenty visionaries at the forefront of ecological design.

In this interview, writer and curator Chan talks to architects Jazairy and Ghosn about their work as Design Earth, a research office they run from Cambridge, Massachusetts and Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

The conversation covers the duo’s work and methodology, their vision for a form of architecture that does not involve building buildings, and the role architects have to play in helping to

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