Recently in e-flux;

In October of last year, Brian Holmes dug into “a condition of relational awareness” aka “Anthropocene public space“. Concluding with this challenge

For artists and activists seeking to transform the conclusions of climate science into the convictions of embodied experience, the golden spike is each local place and singular moment in time when a group of people is able to come to grips with their own implication in earth-system processes. Because abstract knowledge is always intertwined with embodied experience, such places and moments in time are never purely local or singular. To take form and consistency as a widely sharable practice of perception/expression, Anthropocene public space must seek the correlation of situated knowledges and experiences.

Then in November, Nicholas Korody penned Mere Decorating. As he explains

While the work of the architect ends with construction, the inhabitant-cum-decorator must continuously maintain the home, adjusting it to suit new tastes. Decorating is the under-recognized labor that constitutes the interior as such through the placement and upkeep of objects and things, such as bibelots, carpets, and houseplants, within pre-existing built space.

He goes on to review the history of 19th century pteridomania, and the contemporary Millennial interest in houseplants (aka phytomania or “fern-fever“).

Finally later that same month, Peggy Dreamer offered some criticism of “Typical American Institute of Architects (AIA) ‘design-bid-build’ contracts“, National AIA and “relational contract theory” as it might apply to ideas of class, labor and architectural praxis.


Regarding the accelerationist geopolitical brief

Benjamin Bratton inventoried “certain trace-effects that might be read as constitutive indicators of some cleavage between the Anthropocene and the post-Anthropocene“.

They include; Epidermal Biopolitics and NanoskinCloud PolisMachinic Images and Mereotopological Geopolitical Architectonics.

urban strata and the future remnants of the Anthropocene

In Leaving our mark: What will be left of our cities?, Andrew Luck-Baker, from the BBC’s Radio Science Unit, explores the legacy, contemporary humans will leave in the rocks of the future.

Three choice quotes include: “the new geological strata that we’re making“, “‘fossilised’ remains of our cities” and “discrete chunks of buildings and city substructures have a reasonable chance of burial and entrapment in the sedimentary record“.

“The city as its own solution”

From Mike Davis; Who will build the Ark? In New Left Review 61

Wherein he speaks about the global climate crisis as a challenge and opportunity, utopian urbanism and planetary green zones.

What often goes unnoticed in such moral inventories, however, is the consistent affinity between social and environmental justice, between the communal ethos and a greener urbanism…There are innumerable examples and they all point toward a single unifying principle: namely, that the cornerstone of the low-carbon city, far more than any particular green design or technology, is the priority given to public affluence over private wealth.

Read (here)