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Regenerating the Ecological Commons

October 16 @ 6:00 pm - October 17 @ 8:00 pm

A lecture and seminar by Dawn Danby and David McConville, Spherical

Monday, October 16, 2017 | 6-8 pm
Engineering/Visual Arts Building, 6th Floor
1515 St.-Catherine St W
Metro Guy-ConcordiaSeminar: (RSVP required):
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 | 6-8 pm
Engineering/Visual Arts Building, 6th Floor
1515 St.-Catherine St W
Metro Guy-Concordia

Environments don’t just affect ecosystems. Ecosystems also produce environments. Their self-regulating exchanges of nutrients and energy optimize conditions conducive to life.

What if cities could be cultivated like ecosystems? Could they evolve beyond extractive habitats to support a reciprocal exchange with the planetary environment?

Join Concordia’s Institute for Urban Futures for an exploration beyond the current horizon of sustainability. This lecture and seminar will introduce Dawn Danby and David McConville, our 2017-2018 Urban Futurists in Residence, and co-founders of the Oakland, California-based Spherical studio. These events will launch a year-long collaborative investigation into the nexus of exponential technologies, ecological principles, and practices of commoning, asking: What is the potential of cities to assist in the regeneration of Earth’s ecological commons?

The lecture (Monday, October 16) will introduce the notion of a regenerative ecological commons within urban and planetary frameworks. The seminar(Tuesday, October 17) will provide the opportunity for an in-depth discussion and exchange on the topic focusing on the implications for cities, based on selected readings and Spherical’s current projects.

Both events are free and open to the public. For the seminar, please RSVP by Friday, October 13 in order to receive readings and other preparatory materials.

Presented with the generous support of the Department of Design and Computation Arts, the Faculty of Fine Arts, and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture (CISSC).


October 16 @ 6:00 pm
October 17 @ 8:00 pm


EV 6.702