Ever wonder what humans might wear in the future, when the planet may not be that livable? This year’s Architecture and the City Festival in San Francisco brought us a very special program on fashion for a hotter planet. For Climate Change Couture, artist Catherine Young uses fashion as a medium to communicate the impacts of a global warming on lifestyle. Read on for the hottest looks from the post-apocalypse.
Catherine Young collaborated with artists and scientists in the Apocalypse Project to spur questions about how humanity might live in the not so distant future, given that we are already experiencing the effects of climate change in our daily lives.
Young developed the works during a residency at Future Cities Laboratory, which is the first program of the Singapore-ETH Center to address global environmental sustainability. The Singapore-ETH Center was established by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) as part of the NRF’s Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE).
Catherine Young’s work explores alternative futures through interactive storytelling and sensory experiences that evoke conversation about our collective futures from a wide range of audiences. Combining science and design, the Future Cities Laboratory develops new knowledge, technologies, and approaches for a sustainable urban future.
San Francisco’s Swissnex organization hosted a preview of the participatory art exhibit before a larger exhibition titled The Apocalypse Project: House of Futures which just opened at the Institute for the Future Gallery in Palo Alto and runs September 21, 2015 – April 15, 2016.
Photos by Myleen Hollero