Stephen Wheeler presenting on "Sustainability: Past Present & Future" at UC Berkeley

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 (All day)



315A Wurster Hall, University of California, Berkeley

The concept of "sustainability" has been around for 40 years now, and
has gone through multiple phases. Born within international
environmental advocacy circles, it infiltrated the U.N. mainstream in
the 1980s, was cautiously approached by professions such as urban
planning, landscape architecture, and architecture in the 1990s, and
gained new urgency in the 2000s due to realization of the seriousness of
global warming. Throughout this period, the term has been given
different interpretations by different constituencies, and has been the
subject of numerous attempts at cooptation. Although "sustainability"
has survived to become a touchstone of contemporary consciousness,
overall we are further than ever from this elusive goal. After
considering the background of the sustainability concept, Prof. Wheeler
will argue that the most fundamental issues behind this theme are not
yet part of most discussions, and that the ecological consciousness that
gave rise to the expression must be more fully embraced in order to
make significant progress towards it.

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