Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Cooper-Hewitt Explores Urban Sustainability

The following video is from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and hosts David Own, author of Green Metropolis.  David Owen is joined in conversation during the video by Andrea Lipps, curatorial assistant of Cooper-Hewitt's exhibits, National Design Triennial: Why Design Now? and upcoming exhibition, Critical Mass.

New York City is widely considered an ecological nightmare, a wasteland of concrete and high-rises, diesel fumes and traffic jams, garbage and pollution. But in the groundbreaking work of contrarian environmental thinking that is Green Metropolis, David Owen declares New York City as the greenest community in America. In Green Metropolis, David Owen conceives a new environmentalism, turning what we think we know about the environment on its head and re-envisioning a sustainable future that looks less like Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond and more like the populous megacities of Hong Kong or New York.

The exhibition "Critical Mass," will examine the complex issues arising from the unprecedented rate of urban growth projected to take place over the next 20 years, primarily in the informal settlements of the global south.

The National Design Triennial: Why Design Now? exhibition explores themes of Energy, Mobility, Community, Materials, Prosperity, Health, Communication, and Simplicity

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