The Anthropocene:
Urbanism, the Environment, and Sustainability

An NYUAD Research Kitchen

The Transformative Power of the Anthropocene

The Transformative Power of the Anthropocene

The Transformative Power of the Anthropocene

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Amplifying the Anthropocene

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Elements of the Anthropocene

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Makan: Place and Place Making in the Anthropocene

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The Memory Garden

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Participation in Abu Dhabi’s Public Space

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About Our Kitchen

The Anthropocene marks a transformation in the earth’s history from the Holocene to a new geological epoch characterized by human impact.

Despite its likely ratification by the International Commission on Stratigraphy, the term remains controversial, in particular with regard to potential social or political implications of the prefix—Anthopos. Some alternatives—Anglocene, Capitalocene—seek to designate more clearly human communities or forms of social organization purportedly responsible for creating the conditions that mark the onset of the new era; others, for example, Chthulucene, designate models for alternative, less destructive and less anthropocentric ways of living on earth. This proliferation of nomenclature to designate the earth’s present age confirms and reflects the transformative power of the term, and a growing recognition of the urgent need to address the current planetary crisis.

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Archived Events

Urbanism Open House | Abu Dhabi Public Spaces, The Anthropocene Research Kitchen

Urbanism Open House | Abu Dhabi Public Spaces, The Anthropocene Research Kitchen

November 24, 20225:00 pm - 6:00 pmHumanities Building, A6 AtriumThe Anthropocene

We invite NYUAD faculty, staff and students interested in urban issues to an inaugural and informal gathering.  Our hope is to get together NYUAD faculty who teach urban and/or Abu Dhabi-related content across the disciplines. We also welcome researchers, staff and stu...

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Open House | The Anthropocene: Urbanism, the Environment and Sustainability Research Kitchen

Open House | The Anthropocene: Urbanism, the Environment and Sustainability Research Kitchen

November 8, 20222:00 pm - 3:00 pmHumanities Building, A6 AtriumThe Anthropocene

The Anthropocene marks a transformation in the earth’s history from the Holocene to a new geological epoch characterized by human impact. While mindful of the term’s semantic and conceptual limitations, our purpose is to engage directly with the Anthropocene concept...

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