The age of the Anthropocene, Chthulucene, Capitalocene or the New Climatic Regime show massive evidence of how human activities have had a significant impact and damage on the biosphere. The rapid urbanisation of the twentieth century and its related extraction of resources have led to an uncontrollable situation with a large impact on the environment and its ability to sustain itself. The ecological footprint of humanity today is the equivalent of almost two times the surface of the Earth.
This means that the area needed to support the world’s population currently by far exceeds the supply of resources and the regenerative capacity of nature. In the last quarter of a century, the global economy has doubled in size and increased consumption has caused the degradation of an estimated 60 per cent of the world's ecosystems. The natural disasters of recent years, the threat of water shortage, rising sea levels, increasing pollution and the dependency on finite natural resources further illustrate the urgency for questioning the current models of urban and rural development.
The ecological crisis is only one of the results of a global systemic crisis: uneven global and local development, increasing inequalities and living conditions, displacement and migration. There is a necessity for a broad understanding of the complex economic, political, social, and environmental forces that influence urban and rural development and transformation today, as well as an urgent need for holistic, interdisciplinary and experimental approaches to address these challenges and opportunities in spatial practices.
This project explores how the global crisis affects local conditions, looking at emerging alternative practices. Utilising Future School as a platform through which to exchange ideas and experiences, host a series of round table discussions, and produce an online archive and interactive cartography of projects focussing on critical pedagogies around ecology, the commons, environmental justice, decolonisation and social engagement. Striving to build the foundations for a common ground of open communication where new networks of collaboration can happen, the project will result in an Atlas of Global and Local Imaginaries.
Ana Betancour & Carl-Johan Vesterlund
Ana Betancour, Matthew Butcher, Killian Doherty, Oriana Eliçabe, Ahn Jae Woo, Leonidas Martin, David Ortega Martinez, Mateusz Pozar, Dann Jessen, Han Sung Pil, Heidi Svenningsen-Kajita, David Valldeby, Carl-Johan Vesterlund, Tobias Westerlund