Arcologies, eco-shelters and environmental exemption

- constructing new divisions and inequalities in the Anthropocene’

Tokyo in the future? Photo: Flickr

Professor Nigel South presents a brief history of spatial, volumetric and symbolic constructions that have arisen to enclose or divide.

South will describe the emergence of markets that promise to provide ‘environmental exemption’; the ability to pay will (supposedly) enable access to ‘clean’, ‘green’, ‘pure’ and ‘politically free’ environments.

The inspirations and motivations underpinning these new markets have been stimulated and shaped by a variety of 21st century developments.

These include: anticipation of the future deterioration of environmental conditions now being predicted; growing support for and investment in experiments in non-traditional governance and ‘radical individualism’; the interest of the ultra-wealthy in expensive properties offering proximity to spectacular nature but with reinforced structures and capability of hiding ‘off-grid; and the climate of populist support for forms of diplomacy and politics based on ‘building walls rather than bridges’

What will be the implications of these possible projects of ‘salvation’ or ‘segregation’ of these planned and existing eco-enclaves and to social and environmental justice?

This is an open lecture.

Published Jan. 28, 2019 10:54 AM - Last modified Jan. 28, 2019 11:41 AM