Design and Existential Risk
Fall 2010 Lecture Series
Saturday, October 9, 2010
As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, we are challenged by unprecedented planetary-scale events—resource wars, climate change, emerging diseases—which increase in frequency and pose unprecedented problems for mapping and design. Additionally, due to everyday revolutions in communications, computation, biotech, and nanotech, we face, statistically speaking, a range of existential risks that could transform or eradicate humanity and irrevocably alter all the systems on our planet. Design and Existential Risk is a series of conversations with leading thinkers, designers, authors and educators, critically questioning how the practice of design can imagine and prepare for extreme existential risks.
The first event is scheduled for Saturday, October 9, and features Geoff Manaugh, author of BLDGBLOG (http://bldgblog.blogspot.com) and The BLDGBLOG Book, former senior editor of Dwell magazine, and contributing editor at Wired UK.
For more information, visit http://designexrisk.wordpress.com/.