Esther Choi

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For the 2019 Oslo Architecture Triennale, Library Stack has compiled a series of essays that map a notional ‘right to loot’ across the urgency of climate crisis and the demand for degrowth. How or when does an unfolding catastrophe manifest a new moral right to dismantle, seize or inhabit the archival, technological, educational, or economic systems producing that crisis? The series finds Shannon Mattern speculating on deep storage archives and their horizon of futurity; Esther Choi on the falsehoods of architecture’s sustainability discourse; Edgardo Civallero and Sara Plaza on the role of libraries in shaping a public consciousness; Rory Rowan ...
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PublisherLibrary Stack2019
The discourse of sustainability in architecture is often associated with eco-capitalism: the theory and practice of a free-market economy in which natural resources are regarded as capital. Since profits are partially dependent on environmental protection, nature is treated as a commodity that needs to be restored after it is exploited for economic growth. This results in a looped accounting cycle of checks and balances… Likewise, the economic incentives for using “green technology” to create new markets rarely consider how these competitive, profit-driven scenarios will necessitate (new) forms of social mistreatment in order to flourish. Herein lies the crux of the ...

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