Atlas for the End of the World


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Altas for the End of the World
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A small population of white rhinoceroses in Africa has evolved to have horns so small that they are barely visible.

Or Atlas for the Beginning of the Anthropocene.

Feel confused about the health status of Earth? For a clearer idea of what’s really going on, what contrasting measures have been taken so far, and what is to be improved in the next few years, have a look at this large selection of academic texts, maps, diagrams and history compiled by the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). Maybe Earth will manage to survive somehow, but what about humankind? Here an extract on what it is all about.

“The Atlas comes almost 450 years after the first Atlas, the one published in 1570 by Abraham Ortelius, a book collector based in Antwerp; it audits the status of land use and urbanization in the most critically endangered bioregions on Earth. It does so, firstly, by measuring the quantity of protected area across the world’s 36 biodiversity hotspots in comparison to United Nation’s 2020 targets; and secondly, by identifying where future urban growth in these territories is on a collision course with endangered species. By bringing urbanization and conservation together in the same study, the essays, maps, data, and artwork in this Atlas lay essential groundwork for the future planning and design of hotspot cities and regions as interdependent ecological and economic systems.”

“This atlas is the result of a self-funded three-year research project based in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). The project was conceived and directed by Richard Weller who is the Martin and Margy Meyerson Chair of Urbanism and Chair of the Department of landscape architecture at UPenn. The coauthors of the Atlas are Claire Hoch and Chieh Huang both recent graduates from the Department of Landscape Architecture at UPenn, now practicing landscape architecture in Australia and the United States.”

Atlas for the End of the World
Authors: Richard Weller with Claire Hoch and Chieh Huang
Year: 2017
Credits: all images and texts via Atlas website
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