Time and Place


Location: Architecture and Urban Planning Building 170

End Times” presentation José Ibarra
2019–2020 Urban Edge Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Director of Transformation, CODA

This lecture is Sponsored by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning.


José Ibarra is the 2019–2020 Urban Edge Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, co-founder of the Agency for Work and Play (AWP), and director of transformation of CODA. Ibarra received a B.Arch from Cornell University and a Post-Professional M.Arch from Princeton University, where he received a Certificate in Media and Modernity and was awarded the 2019 Robert Geddes Post-Professional Award and the 2018 Howard Crosby Butler Fellowship. Ibarra is co-editor of the forthcoming book, Werewolf: The Architecture of Lunacy, Shapeshifting, and Material Metamorphosis. He has also edited several journals, including Pidgin magazine and the Cornell Journal of Architecture. Ibarra has published texts in Log and other journals; his work has been exhibited in Berlin, Dunkirk, Ithaca, Ljubljana, New York, Princeton, and Rome. Ibarra has taught courses at UW-Milwaukee, Cornell University, and Princeton University. He has practiced architecture in several firms, including Barkow Leibinger, CODA, fxCollaborative, and Studio Eber.

Lecture Summary

The world ended in April 1784, says Timothy Morton, “when James Watt patented the steam engine, an act that commenced the depositing of carbon in Earth’s crust.” As humanity exerts geological forces of global scales, the planet’s flora and fauna are already diminishing in numbers at a rapid rate. This means that the Earth is not at the verge of a mass extinction event, but rather that extinction is already happening. Offering a redefinition of design and architecture that best fits today’s unresting political and ecological climates, Ibarra oscillates between speculation, artifice, exaggeration, and optimism by presenting a series of urban crises as opportunities—chances for architecture to respond to, rather than resolve, problems of the Anthropocene.

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