Anthropocene Architecture School: Phase 2

by Scott McAulay in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Anthropocene Architecture School: Phase 2

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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by October 25th 2019 at 3:55am

To raise funds to enable the amplification of the ongoing campaign - from Glasgow to the rest of the U.K.

by Scott McAulay in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

We are in a climate and ecological emergency, and we need immediate action.

So, how should you react when the profession your heart and soul is set upon contributing to does not publicly acknowledge nor actively address the greatest existential threat to humanity’s collective future?

Even more so, what should you do when the education system supporting that profession – that you have spent five years within – does not prepare anyone to work appropriately within the context of climatic breakdown, and perpetuates a culture that actively damages the mental health of thousands within it?

Do you join the rank and file of photogenic, photorealistic nonresponse or do you speak out, stand up and openly rebel, risking unemployability but safeguarding your ideological integrity, at peace in the knowledge that you passionately advocated for doing what is best for the wellbeing of both people and the planet we rely upon?

What I chose to do was to initiate the Anthropocene Architecture School: a decentralised, alternative school of architecture that does not shy away from activism to regeneratively revolutionise an education system that is obsolete in the face of climate change, and to set out to guarantee that the education every practitioner of architecture receives from the university environment through to practise is Climate Emergency Compliant.

What I expected when launching this idea was a vehement backlash and was fully prepared to weather it but was instead met with enthusiasm, relief and support - support from all across the U.K., all the way to Australia.

This is all well and good, but an endeavour of such a scale requires funding to expand it, and to be able to demonstrate it can make enough to meet the criteria to establish an ethical bank account (£5000ish+) - as well as funding to enable those running it to be able to pay the bills under capitalism, so here we are!

So far, the Anthropocene Architecture School held its inaugural launch in the form of an inclusive participatory workshop during Scotland's Architecture Fringe in the June of 2019 in the Britannia Panopticon - where the full cost of the venue hire was crowdfunded and went towards the building's restoration, whilst running a social media campaign and compiling a Climate Breakdown Reading List that was made freely available to direct people towards useful literature outside of traditional reading lists.

Not content at simply addressing issues in education - and because the climate crisis is so vast, the Anthropocene Architecture School is beginning to get actively engaged in catalysing action across whole cities and within city infrastructures with urgency and is soon set to host the U.K.'s first-ever Climate Emergency Compliant Cities hackathon in Edinburgh as part of Extinction Rebellion Scotland's residency at the Edinburgh Fringe which shall serve as a pilot to prepare to roll these out across Scotland, and hopefully the entirety of the U.K. in time.

This is a labour of love, and of passion, and carries a great sense of urgency as the news of our climate crisis gets ever-heavier and the positive responses I have received have been overwhelmingly heartwarming but in order to meet the challenge in architectural education and beyond head-on this funding is vital.

This is the step necessary to take the Anthropocene Architecture School from being a Glasgow/Edinburgh-centric occasional happening to be able to sustain itself as it begins to plan and carry out campaigns across the U.K. - it is necessary for it to gather the necessary momentum for it to be taken seriously enough for the architectural education system to finally wake-up and to finally take climate change and sustainability seriously, and to regeneratively change in the way in which a climate emergency necessitates.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£200 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Glasgow/Edinburgh: Lunch Hour Climate Presentation

What more proactive way could there be to spend a lunch-hour than by preparing your office to move in a more restorative direction by learning just how urgent the climate crisis is? Having spoken on Sustainability as part of the GIA CPD series and at the EAA Sustainability Coarum, and given 5 varying talks on the climate on behalf of Extinction Rebellion this is part and parcel so can be condensed down to an hour.

£1 or more

£1 or more

You are contributing to an endeavour that is not only very close to my heart but is a positive outlet for my climate grief and I could not be more grateful for your help!

£100 or more

Honourable Mention - Individual

Thank you for going above and beyond in our time of ecological crisis! Your name shall be included in the list of thanks for those who made this phase of the endeavour possible, and we shall find fun and/or heartwarming ways of compiling these in the future.

£150 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Blog Post/Column: Introducing the AAS

One 600-1000 word column/posting on why a regenerative revolution is necessary in architectural education with the utmost urgency, an AAS introduction, or happy to be thrown a handful of questions to answer. You may have read the last entirely non-provocative article I wrote: not titled by myself but it fit, the AJ's "Business as usual in construction will lead us to extinction" - openly challenging climate emergency inaction in architecture.

£200 or more

Honourable Mention - Practise

Thank you for going above and beyond in our time of ecological crisis! Your practise's name shall be included in the list of thanks for those who made this phase of the endeavour possible, and we shall find fun and/or heartwarming ways of compiling these in the future. Disclaimer: you are in no way bound to having a talk on climate change sprung upon your place of work as part of this reward...but you can ask.

£200 or more

Honourable Mention - Organisation

Thank you for going above and beyond in our time of ecological crisis! Your organisation's name shall be included in the list of thanks for those who made this phase of the endeavour possible, and we shall find fun and/or heartwarming ways of compiling these in the future. Disclaimer: you are in no way bound to having a talk on climate change sprung upon your place of work as part of this reward...but you can ask.

£250 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Beyond Glasgow (in Scotland): Climate Presentation

Same deal as above: one lunchtime climate emergency presentation to catalyse some restorative thinking but outside of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Must be within one day's total travel at most.

£500 or more

0 of 3 claimed

School of Architecture Collaboration

Having difficulty getting your students to take sustainability seriously? Would you like a hand? One lecture integrating climate science with: a crash course in sustainable concepts; the necessity for going beyond sustainability; why it is not as dull or tedious as previous Technology lectures may have made it out to be; and why it is necessary (as...y'know...our planetary sytems begin to literally unravel).

£1,000 or more

...a School of Architecture Can Dream (of Funding)

A lighthearted option to do the Anthropocene Architecture School a tremendous good turn out of the goodness of your heart in our time of climate chaos. If this is to happen - optimistically - we shall have to talk about an actual reward of sorts.


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