A Perfect Moral Storm with Stephen Gardiner | December 10

Image via Markus Spring

Photo by Markus Spring

The Five Thousand Pound Life — The Architectural League’s initiative of public events, digital releases, and an upcoming design study that seeks to imagine an economically and ecologically viable American future — has focused its live programming for the fall on climate change communication and ethics. On Tuesday, December 10th, Stephen Gardiner will conclude this first season of the series with a lecture on how individuals should think about their responsibilities within a global, intergenerational crisis such as climate change.

Gardiner is Professor of Philosophy and Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor of Human Dimensions of the Environment at the University of Washington, Seattle. His primary areas of interest are ethical theory, political philosophy, and environmental ethics. His research focuses on global environmental problems (especially climate change), future generations, and virtue ethics. Gardiner is the author of, among other texts, A Perfect Moral Storm: the Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change (Oxford, 2011).

In his lecture, Gardiner will begin by framing the climate problem as a severe ethical challenge: a “Perfect Moral Storm.” He will then confront the worry, memorably expressed by Dale Jamieson, that “today we face the possibility that the global environment may be destroyed, yet no one will be responsible.” Following the talk, Gardiner will discuss the design implications of his research with respondents Adam Yarinsky, architect and principal of Architecture Research Office, and Joel Towers, Executive Dean of Parsons The New School for Design.

A Perfect Moral Storm
Stephen Gardiner
Responses from Adam Yarinsky and Joel Towers
1.5 HSW AIA and New York State CEUs

Time & Place
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Scholastic Auditorium
557 Broadway

Tickets are free for League members; $10 for non-members. Members may reserve a ticket by e-mailing: rsvp@archleague.org. 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.