What are the implications of current crises on humane institutions such as architecture and design? The turmoil caused by events in Seattle, Prague, Genoa and Milan; more in particular, the tragic events involving the two Manhattan towers, albeit confusedly predicted by some; the earth’s climate disrupted by human actions (or at least partially); wars embraced as a spectacle, or incited by personal vendettas with foreign leaders; the greed of a happy few wanting to possess everything worth possessing?
Furthermore, we are witnessing the emergence of ecology, of post-morality, of globalization (the real one, not only the banker’s…); the emergence of a world government, however ill-equipped as of yet…; the regained respect for the “Other”, even (more so?) if very exotic; the oft abstractly formulated paradigm shift of decolonization; the definition of the subaltern (still difficult to apply); the duties of unconditional and immediate aid in cases of catastrophes. “How to produce poetry again after Auschwitz?” asked Adorno. Similarly, how are we to design a landscape, if, as per Joseph Beuys, everything is not art?
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