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Embodied Climates

February 2 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Embodied Climates is a call to action for designers to create an inclusive world by understanding climate through its impact on human health, mental well-being, socio-political conditions, and ecological cultures. It emphasizes an intimate, subjective approach to knowing climate, moving beyond abstract data to consider how climate change affects local ecologies, labor practices, and architectural design as a means of human comfort. The symposium aims to place architecture at the forefront of driving necessary change by recognizing the built environment’s role in shaping human responses to climatic shifts. Malcolm Rio will help students explore how embodiment influences our perception of the climate crisis and its narratives, seeking alternatives to traditional scientific and economic analyses. The workshop will interrogate various interpretations of “embodiment” and “climate,” examining their interplay and impact on notions of climate subjectivity. Additionally, it will address how ongoing discussions about resilience and climate change inform our understanding of social norms, including race, gender, and class.

Malcolm Rio (he/they) is a doctoral candidate in architecture history and theory at Columbia University, GSAPP. Focusing on Haiti’s architectural production at several world fairs, their dissertation analyzes building projects and interiors where figures from Haiti and elsewhere in the African diaspora involved in the formation of a transnational Black identity converged to articulate their position within an emerging world dominated by colonial/imperial powers. Rio’s scholarship, criticism, and interviews have appeared in Architecture & Culture, Thresholds, Avery Review, The New York Review of Architecture, ArchitectureMPS, and Pidgin, as well as in the forthcoming Living Room, a volume on sexuality, gender, and architecture edited by S.E. Eisterer, and is under contract with gta Verlag.


February 2
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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A. Alfred Taubman Wing Commons
2000 Bonisteel Blvd
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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