The Terraforming

The programme research theme is terraforming. Usually this term refers to transforming the ecosystems of other planets or moons to make them capable of supporting Earth-like life, but the looming ecological consequences of what is called the Anthropocene suggest that in the decades to come we will need to terraform Earth if it is to remain a viable host for Earth-like life. The programme explores the implications of this proposition for urbanism at planetary scale, a venture that is full of risk: technical, philosophical, and biological. The research programme considers the past and future role of cities as a planetary network by which humans occupy the Earth’s surface.