Imagen: UTDT-EAEU. Carrera de Arquitectura. Materia: Proyecto VI. Isla Flotante: or How to Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Global Warming. Profesor: Christopher Hight. Adjunto: Johanna Potap. Ayudante: Camila Arretche. Alumnos: Ana Carlisle, Karen Kim, Paula Schmidt. 2019. Planta.

Proyecto VI
Isla Flotante: or How to Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Global Warming 

Profesor: Christopher Hight
Adjunto: Johanna Potap
Ayudante: Camila Arretche

The emergence of the environment as a central problem for the design fields is integral to the unprecedented urbanization of the globe at the dawn of the anthropocene, a geological epoch in which humans are the single greatest factor informing planetary geological and atmospheric systems. While humans have been reshaping their environment for millennia, they did so in a relatively steady-state until the industrial revolution and which has accelerated. We have also crossed into a super “critical stage” of urbanization. For the first time, the majority of humans now live in urbanized zones. By the middle of the 21st century the total world urban population will probably equal the total number of people alive at the beginning of the century. The size of urban conglomerations is also increasing. According to the United Nations, the early 1970s there were two megacities of 10 million people or more; now there are thirteen. By 2025, 59 cities are expected to have between 5 and 10 million inhabitants. Most of this urbanization is in coastal areas. The irony of the urbanized anthropocene is that the dangers of anthropocentrism have never been so apparent nor has the interdependence of our culture with non-human life and other ecological processes even seemed more fraught. This requires not so much responsibility as wild conjectures triangulated by facts and lines of flight drawn through known points in current social, technical and natural ecologies.