The 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) will take place in Paris in December 2015. Parsons Paris and The New School New York campus will host a series of dynamic events and activities on the subject of climate change throughout the year.
Parsons Paris kicked off its involvement in the conversation around climate change with a lecture called “Paris Climat 2015: Make it Work”.* Bruno Latour is internationally recognized for his research and advocacy in the fields of philosophy, history, sociology and anthropology of science. Latour’s landmark works Reassembling the Social, an Introduction to Actor Network Theory and We Have Never Been Modern has inspired designers and design theorists to consider new ways of thinking about the interface of society and technology.
In collaboration with SPEAP (Sciences Po Programme d’expérimentation en arts et politique) and Paris Climat 2015: Make It Work together we will explore how designers and artists can participate in the discussions around climate change and issues of sustainability facing us today. SPEAP and Parsons Paris students will participate in a workshop the week of February 23rd imagining an alternative climate conference to the COP21 format. The workshop will experiment with new forms of representation where nations will be replaced by territories or the “forest” to debate climate change. The workshop will culminate in a simulated conference in May 2016. Stay tuned for more information.
Read about the The New School’s initiative to divest in fossil fuel stock in The New York Times.
* Climat is the French spelling for the word “climate”.
Photos copyright Puxan BC 2015.