Sustainable Citizenship with Melissa Lane | October 29

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Last month, The Architectural League announced the launch of The Five Thousand Pound Life, an overarching initiative of public events, digital releases, and an upcoming design study that seeks to imagine an economically and ecologically viable American future. Next week, on Tuesday, October 29th, in the second of the project’s live programs, Melissa Lane will speak about the notion of “Sustainable Citizenship.”

Lane is a professor of politics at Princeton University, where she is also Director of the Program in Values and Public Life at the University Center for Human Values and a core participant in an interdisciplinary research community on “Communicating Uncertainty: Science, Institutions, and Ethics in the Politics of Global Climate Change,” supported by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.

In her lecture, Lane will draw on classical political thinkers to explore a new ideal of citizenship for a sustainable society. Instead of separating the role of citizen from everyday work and family roles, she will reformulate citizenship as the posture in which individuals carry out those roles in light of a broader understanding of their contribution to (or undermining of) the overall achievement of sustainability. By reshaping our understanding of the division of labor, sustainable citizenship entails a challenging rethinking of professional ethics and architectural practice.

The Five Thousand Pound Life
Sustainable Citizenship
Melissa Lane
1.5 AIA and New York State CEUs

Time & Place
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Scholastic Auditorium
557 Broadway

Tickets are free for The Architectural League members; $10 for non-members. Members may reserve a ticket by e-mailing Member tickets will be held at the check-in desk; unclaimed tickets will be released fifteen minutes after the start of the program. Non-members may purchase tickets here.

Visit the League website for more information about this program and The Five Thousand Pound Life.


The views expressed here are those of the authors only and do not reflect the position of The Architectural League of New York.