Daniel A. Barber

Architectural Futures, Public Infrastructure + The Green New Deal pan­el dis­cus­sion

in Climate Futures II: Design Politics, Design Natures, Aesthetics and the Green New Deal

Latour spent his career, or has spent his career argu­ing that sci­en­tif­ic facts need to be seen as a prod­uct of sci­en­tif­ic inquiry. In his terms that they’re net­worked, mean­ing that they stood or fell not on their strength or inher­ent verac­i­ty but on the strength of the insti­tu­tions and prac­tices that pro­duced them. And so, in a pan­el ses­sion that’s dis­cussing archi­tec­tur­al futures, I wan­na ask how we can address roles of our insti­tu­tions and prac­tices in shap­ing these future real­i­ties.

After Comfort

in Climate Futures II: Design Politics, Design Natures, Aesthetics and the Green New Deal

Comfort, like cap­i­tal, is uneven­ly distributed—not every­one gets to have the same amount. When you have it, it’s hard to let go. It’s even hard­er to con­vince some­one to give it up—and I think this is a major chal­lenge we’re fac­ing. Comfort feels nor­mal, expect­ed, obvious—deserved.