Work with the building, instead of against it;

Minimize, recycle, reuse;

Approach environmental impact holistically;

Opt for sustainable curatorial strategies;

Address actual impact rather than aesthetics of ecology;

Improve the building as a lasting collective resource;


Challenging the so-called 'white cube': What does a culturally rooted, ecologically sustainable, and socially responsible exhibition look like?

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Image: Randhir Singh


Provide clear wayfinding systems;

Minimize size, page count, and print runs;

Harness the relationship of inside/outside (open windows that have been closed, place work outside;

Foster open narratives and associations.



Image: Nina Paim

Design in an Era of Climate-Catastrophe: Initiatives in South Asia, including our own DAS design initiative, Srijan Abartan a workshop for exhibition making and unmaking, are innovating inspiring ways to allow us to adapt to palpable impact of climate change. From artificial glaciers in Ladakh that provide needed water in areas impacted by desertification, to amphibious bamboo schools that float during floods, to the ways that women are innovating new forms of entrepreneurship within the spatial constraints of Bangladesh, to the design of a major art festival like DAS, this panel discussion primes us to think about the impact of what we build, and how to construct new realities for our climactically troubling times. This panel features engineer and education reformist Sonam Wangchuk (SECMOL), Aga Khan Award winning architect Saiful Haque Sthapati, architecture theorist Hurarea Jabeen, curator of architecture Sean Anderson (MoMA), and designer Nina Paim (Common Interest), moderated by curator and designer Prem Krisnamurthy (wkshps).


Right: Fraser Muggeridge (of Fraser Muggeridge studio) preparing signage the night before the opening of the Dhaka Art Summit.  Image: Nina Paim

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