Design practice (in all its disciplines, including architecture) is at a crossroads. Notwithstanding the introduction of ‘sustainability’ in design education and in commerce, design dominantly still serves the unsustainable. To move toward ‘sustainment’ as project and process, radical and effective action is needed. For this to happen a dynamic, global change community of focused thinkers, activists and leaders has to be created.
This intensive ‘HotHouse’ event went beyond current options, exploring the creation of this community and to act as a catalyst for its creation.
The HotHouse was led by Professor Tony Fry (Griffith University, QCA, Brisbane) with four team leaders: Professor Cameron Tonkinwise (Parsons/New School, New York); Professor Lisa Norton (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Mr Duncan Fairfax (Goldsmiths/University of London) and Dr Abby Lopes (University of Western Sydney).
The HotHouse was hosted by Griffith University, Queensland College of Art and this video was filmed by LiveLab (livelab.com.au)
In 2011 we made a deep dive into the North Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Greenpoint to interview 30 community organizations and leaders involved in many different forms of urban activism towards sustainability. The interviews did not follow a script but rather were open-ended conversations about issues such as transportation, water rights, sustainable food and emergent models of working and living. We interviewed people as close to the site of their work as possible i.e. at their office, near the waterfront or in a café.
Following the interviews, we read the transcripts carefully and determined four main themes, or the areas where creative citizens and organizations are collaborating to invent innovative solutions to overcome problems in their neighborhoods.
Director: Maria Eduarda Andrade
Producers:Maria Eduarda Andrade, Mai Kobori
Photography: Maria Eduarda Andrade, Jason Jones, Erin Taylor Kennedy
Editor: Maria Eduarda Andrade
Music and Sound Design: Julia Kny
Sound: Mai Kobori
Executive Producers: Lara Penin, Eduardo Staszowski
A project by: Desis Lab, The New School
Project Granted by: The Rockefeller Foundation
Special Thanks to: Not An Alternative, Michelle McCabe, OurGoods, Cameron Tonkinwise