How is architecture fundamentally linked to acts of extraction? What forms of extraction can we observe in the built environment today? In this event, we will take you on a walk around Kings Cross starting at Granary Square, using everyday objects and spaces to elaborate on a set of ideas about extractive capitalism and its consequences: climate and ecological breakdown. Extraction is both material and immaterial: knowledge, labour, and capital are extracted as much as materials and energy. Spinning out historic and contemporary stories that touch on all these aspects of extraction, we will not only be critical about the ways in which the built environment reflects extractivist processes, but also consider possibilities for other ways to act in the face of the climate emergency.
This tour is led by Anthony Powis, Jeremy Till, and Becca Voelcker, of Central Saint Martins and the research collective MOULD (http://mould.earth).