"World3" diagram of limits to growth in the world system by Jay Forrester, commissioned by the Club of Rome, 1972 © MIT

Lecture: Anna Ulak (OAT)

Jay Forrester’s World Diagram in "The Limits to Growth​"
The book "The Limits to Growth" by the Club of Rome relied on Jay Forrester’s methods to model the consequences of excessive growth on the planet. This happened after various members from the Club of Rome have failed at earlier attempts to create such a model. Jay Forrester was a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he used systems theory as a basis for his work. After the success of his book "Urban Dynamics", in which he was modelling cities, Forrester was solicited by the Club of Rome to try a similar method, but this time applied to the whole world. The drawings he produced to do this relied on computation and visualization of the consequences of industrial and population growth on the planet. These drawings presented a new epistemological consciousness, namely, systems theory - arguably influential to architecture and design in terms of thinking of design via systems. The talk will question why this new form of knowledge-making eclipsed other forms of disciplinary knowledge.  ​​
Anna Ulak holds an M.Arch from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design. As architect Anna has worked at several internationally recognized firms such as Michael Maltzan Architects. She is currently a PhD candidate at AHO.​
Anna Ulak´s lecture is part of the public lectures "Degrowth Histories"​

Date: 28. September, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Venue: AHO - A2 - Sverre Fehn Auditorium
Address: Maridalsveien 29, 0175 Oslo

Contact: Degrowth Histories / Dealing with It / Academy / Oslo Architecture Triennale (OAT)