A paper by SoA Associate Professor Lisa Schrenk titled "Dystopia in the World of Utopia: Unsustainable Realities of Sustainably Themed Expositions,” has been accepted for the ARCC/EAAE 2014 International Conference, which will be held in February at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

The paper, co-authored with Melissa Jensen, a former student and research assistant, explores the disconnect that exists between the utopian ideas promoted at sustainably-themed, international expositions held since World War II and the dystopic realities of the events themselves. It does so by examining how the immense quantity of resources used in the creation and operation of these short-lived events and the decomposing remnants left behind after closing day present tangible evidence of the failure of the expositions to reflect fully the fundamental principles that organizers set out to disseminate at the events.

Two images from Lisa's paper: the Dutch Pavilion from Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany by MVRDV as it looked in 2000 and in 2011.               (Source: Right: L. Schrenk, Left: M. Jensen)

Friday, January 17, 2014 - 3:15pm