Architecture as Measure positions climate change as a cultural and political idea that requires a renewed architectural imagination. The book presents a set of unconventional collisions between architecture and climate change, which speculate on the broader concerns of climate change, such as resource extraction, materiality, long time span, geology, and waste etc. through the lens of architectural questions such as form, representation, and materiality.
The book argues that despite the urgency and relevance of climate change, the topic has yet to be conceptualized in such a way that architecture’s contribution toward a new planetary imaginary of our contemporary environment goes beyond merely environmentalism or technological determinism.
Neyran Turan is a professor at UC Berkeley and partner at NEMESTUDIO, an architectural office that has been recognized with several awards, including the 2016 Architectural League New York Prize for Young Architects, multiple citations from the Architects' Newspaper Best of Design Awards in Architectural Representation for 2016–17, and a Built Environment Notable Award at the Core 77 Design Awards in 2017.
Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts fosters the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. The Graham realizes this vision through making project-based grants to individuals and organizations and producing exhibitions, events, and publications.
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Image: NEMESTUDIO (Neyran Turan), Theaters of Deforestation, Middle Earth: Dioramas for the Planet, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.