Public Lecture: Untimely: A Counter-History of Environmental Architecture



Public Lecture: Untimely: A Counter-History of Environmental Architecture by Lydia Kallipoliti on 7th December 2015

Lydia's Lecture


This talk will map a counter-history of sustainability focusing on architectural imagination rather than technological developments, thereby questioning current mainstream perceptions of sustainability and the LEED program as a technical classification tool that empowers capitalist production, creating a new revenue source veiled by the ethics of environmentalism. These experiments in environmental architecture did not really work; they were reflections of the obsessions of their authors. In this sense, they register undigested or disdained historical events at the moment they took place. Yet, the role of these experiments in our contemporary perception of the environment and of current practice as related to the environment is vital. Revisiting these untimely histories might open up new paths of investigation on developing a critical position untied from the burden of ethics and common good.


Lydia Kallipoliti is an architect, engineer, scholar, and currently an Assistant Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. She holds a SMArchS from MIT and a PhD from Princeton University. Her research focuses on material experimentation, recycling, and the intersection of cybernetic and ecological theories in the twentieth century. She is founder of EcoRedux, an award-winning online database, and the principal of ANAcycle studio in Brooklyn, New York. Her forthcoming exhibition and book is titled “Closed Worlds: The Rise and Fall of Dirty Physiology.”


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