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A History of Environmental Designs

September 29, 2015, at 10:45 a.m. in the Lower Level Refectory | Peder Anker

New Alchemy Institute, 1976. Source: http://www.bghj.com/project/cape-cod-ark/

Peder Anker’s teaching and research interests lie in the history of science, ecology, environmentalism and design, as well as environmental philosophy. He has received research fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the Dibner Institute, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and has been a visiting scholar at both Columbia University and University of Oslo. He is the co-author of Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned (Prestel, 2014) together with Louise Harpman and Mitchell Joachim. He is also the author of From Bauhaus to Eco-House: A History of Ecological Design (Louisiana State University Press, 2010), which explores the intersection of architecture and ecological science, and Imperial Ecology: Environmental Order in the British Empire, 1895–1945 (Harvard University Press, 2001), which investigates how the promising new science of ecology flourished in the British Empire. Anker’s current book project explores the history of ecological debates in his country of birth, Norway.

Anker received his PhD in history of science from Harvard University in 1999. He is an associate professor at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University.