Design Earth. Climate Inheritance
May – 3 Oct 2021
Bauhaus Museum Dessau, Black Box
Cautionary Tales of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
COVID-19 nearly brought global tourism and its infrastructures to a standstill. The resulting vacuum offers an opportunity for thinking of ways to address the collective responsibility involved in inheriting a planet amidst climate crisis. For this Intermezzo, El Hadi Jazairy and Rania Ghosn of Design Earth showcase 10 iconic UNESCO world heritage sites as figures of the climate crisis. Their aim is to ground our abstract imagination of the climate crisis in these familiar and symbolically significant places. The case studies also provide crucial examples of a wide range of climate effects, from rising sea levels to species extinction and melting glaciers. Taken together, Climate Inheritance visualizes events and values that divide and define our planetary past and future, including systemic patterns of violence, racism and displacement.