It is commonly recognized that artistic strategies are effective in promoting social, political, and religious agendas. What is less recognized is that many decisions and actions we make in our daily life are also guided by aesthetic preferences and judgments. In the United States today unfortunately, the popular aesthetic taste seems to work against the ideals of sustainability and justice proposed by the Green New Deal.
I think that Damian asked me here in large part to talk about this essay from last spring in Places Journal that begins pretty timidly with this line,
I don’t know when the myth of designers as climate saviors began, but I know that it’s time to kill it. Which as you can imagine got me invited to lots of dinner parties at Harvard.