Designing with the Planetary Futures in Mind

Life on Land by Design


May 2022

1 HSW CE Credit, AIA # DAS449-22, IDCEC # 116613

About this webinar

Architects and designers are being called upon to reimagine the way we cohabitate with other living species on Earth. Be it a global health crisis or extreme weather events, complex ecosystems are at play. A transdisciplinary approach and a firm understanding of the bond between people and their environment is required. “Designing with the Planetary Futures in Mind” borrows concepts from various disciplines and highlights examples of everyday architecture as an invitation to rethink your role as an architect or designer and prepare for how these changes will impact your practice.

The content of this course has not been approved by the United Nations and does not reflect the views of the United Nations or its officials or Member States.

Hosted by Sibonelo Gumede

Sibonelo Gumede is an urbanist and researcher based in Cape Town, South Africa. He is interested in the intersection of place, public culture and black futurities in (post) colonial urban environments. He has worked at the Urban Futures Centre, an urban research laboratory that is based at the Durban University of Technology and has served as a Vice President at the Kwa-Zulu Natal Society of Arts. He currently holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the University of Kwa-Zulu and is currently pursuing an MPhil in Southern Urbanism at the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town. He is also a 2021 research fellow at the Centre for Arts, Design and Social Research (CADSR) and is a member of the Black Planetary Futures committee, an initiative by CADSR.

Upon completion, you'll be able to:

  1. Discuss the need for transdisciplinary approaches to design & architecture to elevate health outcomes for all. 
  2. Explain the need for design and architecture to reflect their climatic, ecological, social and cultural context. 
  3. List examples of what we can learn from Francis Kéré’s and Jeanne Gang's practice 
  4. Create your own map of Sustainable Design Strategies

Entire 2022 series

$345 Single payment
12 HSW CE credits

Single session

$45 Single payment
1 HSW CE credit

Entire 2022 series

$29/month 12 Monthly payments
12 HSW CE credits

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