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Symposium

Planet Matters

Fri 03.09.2021 – Sat 04.09.2021
People with white umbrellas walk between bamboo buildings

Anna Heringer, China Bamboo Hostels, Baoxi, China, 2016The use of non-standard local materials leads to more diversity in urban and rural regions, promotes a fair economy through job creation and helps to preserve the ecosystem of our planet.
© photograph: Julien Lanoo

A new approach to the planet and all of its species requires the application of a broad spectrum of knowledge. During this conference at the Architekturzentrum Wien international representatives from the realms of architecture, art, design, the environment and economics discuss a variety of approaches to Planet Love. Participating institutions at the VIENNA BIENNALE FOR CHANGE are programming the conference together.

The EAT LOVE panel approaches the topic of food and tomorrow’s food culture through the lens of architecture, exploring new forms of food production, distribution and consumption as a means of tackling the climate crisis.

The NATURAL TECHNOLOGY panel has a focus on practices and streams of thought that engage with rethinking the relationship between nature and technology, reconfiguring our planetary connections through epistemological systems that undermine the extractivist logic that has been long facilitated by colonial legal mechanisms and late capitalism.

The LAND MATTERS panel explores the land issue in a context of the climate crisis, food security, international politics and colonialism, covering the spectrum from an international research platform to artistic positions.

The CIRCULAR SOCIETY panel explores how to base our economies on biological and technical cycles and why we have to switch from the linear system of “take, use, waste” towards a truly circular society.

One of the two keynote lectures is delivered by the architect Anna Heringer.
As honorary professor of the UNESCO Chair of Earthen Architecture, Building Cultures and Sustainable Development, her work is ground-breaking for the use of natural building materials and local labour.

The two keynote lectures are held by the internationally acclaimed architect Anna Heringer — Architecture is a Tool to Improve Lives — and the scientist Holly Jean Buck — Can We Reverse Climate Change? As honorary professor of the UNESCO Chair of Earthen Architecture, Building Cultures and Sustainable Development, Anna Heringer’s work is ground-breaking for the use of natural building materials and local labour.
Holly Jean Buck is a geographer and environmental social scientist studying how emerging technologies can help address environmental challenges and build a regenerative society.