In recent years, a 'more-than-human' turn in environmental humanities, social sciences and science studies has linked a range of concerns about anthropogenic climate change, sustainability, post-humanism, re-wilding, de-growth, and hybrids. The scope of these considerations is wide and interdisciplinary, and opens new questions for scholars and practitioners interested in the built environment —about non-humans as architectural subjects, nature/society boundaries, questions of instrumentality and the assembled nature of (design) agency—particularly in light of ecological crises and climate change.
This interdisciplinary panel discussion brings scholars, designers and artists together to reflect on the historical roles (expected and unexpected) of non-human others in crafting urban and regional landscapes, and the politics, biopolitics and aesthetics of more-than-human interactions. Participants will foreground their work on, with or alongside non-humans in blurred 'nature-culture borderlands', to rethink the messy politics of expertise, the assemblage of agency, and explore the unforeseen spaces that design and planning entail.
Joyce Hwang, Living Among Pests
Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Buffalo
Rachel Strickland, The Social Lives of Urban Trees: An Experimental Video Project
Independent documentary filmmaker, architect, and time-based media designer
John Soluri, Birth Places and Biosecurity in Patagonia
Associate Professor, Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University
Romita Ray, Spatializing the Tea Plant
Associate Professor, Art History and Chair, Department of Art & Music Histories, Syracuse University