Affiliate Professor Kurt Iveson from the University of Geosciences mirrored on the binary in between density vs sprawl and the need to have to drive beyond it. Concentrating on photos that give us perception into planning long term towns – with local weather in thoughts – he mirrored on the Google images of ‘sustainable development’ and ‘unsustainable density’ that have come to be familiar to us around time.
Furthering an exploration of urban landscapes and weather, Dr Jamie Wang, a researcher from the department of Gender and Cultural experiments, offered illustrations or photos of Supertree Grove in Singapore, a selection of 50-metre-high trees with winding observation decks, that embody a foreseeable future climatic imaginary. These illustrations or photos have been further more mirrored in the images from Solarpunk3 texts that I offered – the utopic photographs of a future in which the difficulties the local weather disaster engenders have been solved. I requested how visuals of Solarpunk futures could subvert latest climatic and social imaginaries and how they could possibly tell transition to new, just, climatic, and social imaginaries.
The photographs that sociologist Dr Blanche Verlie mirrored on brought us to the listed here and now. Verlie mirrored on images of lived experiences of getting trapped inside of, contending with mould in the course of a La Niña summer season. These illustrations or photos highlighted that, opposite to apocalyptic climate fictions and films, that typically default to depicting weather modify as apocalyptic, acutely, and quickly felt, local weather alter, for some, is, and can be experienced as gradual and frustrating, tedious even.
Ultimately, Professor Dirk Hovorka offered a blank graphic that reflected how, in his self-control of Business Details Programs, the ‘environment’ is normally wholly absent, noting that, “only in a really small area of ‘Green IS’ is any aspect of the normal world seen.” He highlighted a central challenge as he explored the fashion in which tech organizations and these functioning in Business Information Units generally present the normal world as a tabula rasa that humans can produce, take care of, and management in any way people like, describing that know-how is granted God-like powers to reduce any crisis.
About the program of the workshop, we mirrored on the electrical power and significance of visual literacy and attending, a lot more closely, to the pictures that powerfully condition the worlds we inhabit. Basic to generating new climatic and social imaginaries is better being familiar with the dominant imaginaries that have led to and presently perpetuate the climate disaster.
Visuals constitute imaginaries, and they can be observed as portals into them. The Drawing Weather workshop illuminated that reflecting on visuals of local climate can aid scientists from various disciplines in gaining crucial insights into the dominant social and climatic imaginaries of our time.