MODELING A CLIMATE CHANGED
WHAT IS THE FEEDBACK PROCESS BETWEEN CLIMATE MODELS AND DESIGN?

Since the development of the first general circulation models in the 1960s, numerical models have served and continue to serve as the primary mode of understanding, representing, analyzing, and communicating the climate-changed world. Climate Changed: After Models? positions a range of historical and future speculative modeling proposals from the 1960s onward to explore how design has responded to climate-related models and the reality of climate change.

Eight pivotal projects from the 1960s to the 1990s illustrate how designers,
architects, engineers, scientists, consumers, and policymakers have understood the post-1960s moment as a period of changing scientific and social awareness around the agency of climate-related models. Eight speculative proposals for the future of the Greater Boston area, resulting
from the Climate Changed Ideas Competition, illustrate how students and researchers imagine the agency of climate-related models in design decisions in 2050. Interviews from experts in the sciences and the humanities provide context and ground questions about model agency and technical function in the present moment.

By articulating the historical, present, and future role of climate-related models and illustrating their use in policy formulation and implementation, architectural practice, the protection, and utilization of natural systems, and the forward-thinking planning and construction of cities, this exhibit
brings multiple disciplines in conversation to discuss how the earth’s climate is understood through modeling and how this informs practice on the ground.

EXHIBITION CREDITS
Exhibition Design: Omnivore
Video Design: Rainar Aasrand
Exhibition Curator: Jessica Varner
Exhibition Team: Rainar Aasrand, Irina
Chernyakova, Irmak Turan, and Jessica Varner
Exhibition Contributors: Moa Carlsson, Mara Freilich, Eric Huntley, and Gary Fox
Research Assistance: Sera Tolgay

The Climate Changed event series is co-sponsored by the MIT Environmental
Solutions Initiative and the MIT School of Architecture and Planning.

On view, April 6–May 19, 2018, in the Keller Gallery, Building 7, Room 408.