The third and last one evolution of the exhibition that shows how sustainability evolves throughout history

21 Nov 2019

3 min

The Wall: Sustainable Thinking Evolution
from 21st November at the Museo Novecento, Florence

A site specific project conceived by Sergio Risaliti

curated by Mario Cucinella Architects and SOS – School of Sustainability.

Florence, 21st November 2019– At Museo Novecento in Florence, The Wall – Sustainable Thinking Evolution, is an exhibition curated by Mario Cucinella Architects and SOS – School of Sustainability and it is part of the sustainable Thinking events, organized by the Ferragamo Museum and the Ferragamo Foundation to draw attention to increasingly current issues of sustainability in its various forms: from the environment to the urban landscape, from reuse to innovation and experimentation technology. The exhibition, dedicated to the theme of sustainability, arrives to its third evolution, the Future, after dealing with the Present and the Past, in previous appointments.

“Whoever does not adopt new remedies must expect new evils, because time is the greatest innovator.”

Francis Bacon, 17th century

What are the innovations that have supported the evolution of humans and what is their relationship with the planet’s resources? Human history can be re-read as a sequence of events in response to the crises experienced by our species, before which the ability to transform critical issues into opportunities has resulted in innovation. Unlike the past, today we see with ever greater clarity the outcome of our impact on the planet, and how we have been able to change the main natural processes, a point of no return that will exclude any possibility of remission for the times to come.

Human evolution will again be able to restore synergies with the planet, if it takes into account the achievement of the 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) of the United Nations by 2030, the creation of a large-scale circular economy by 2050 and finally imagining the construction of interconnected communities by 2100, confident that local action can be the key to meeting global needs. The future imagined does not include a single recipe, but can be read as a network of possible paths and solutions. Development and resources could not only be compatible but perhaps complementary, according to an ecosystem and regenerative vision of the man-nature relationship, no longer enslaved by a mechanism in which there are winners and losers. A trend reversal in climate-changing emissions will then only be the consequence of a renewed balance.

The third evolution of Sustainable Thinking Evolution illustrates the mesh of possible paths that guide us towards the future, which unfolds through some challenges that have become urgent today: the progressive transformation of humanity as an urban species, the need to reinvent a daily life independent from plastic, the impact of digital technology on our way of experiencing public space. These three points of reflection offer us the opportunity to imagine a map of possible scenarios towards an alternative future and to question the story made previously. A timeline that changes its appearance, looking at the past through the lens of these challenges, revisiting the story of the relationship between Humans and Nature. In the lower part, the history perceived from the point of view of man is outlined, in which the vector of growth has always been innovation born of a condition of crisis. In the upper part, the silent path of Planet Earth is represented, in which the vector of change, or rather of decline, is the impact that the human species has generated. The planet’s natural resources are running out and a large percentage of species is becoming extinct, all under the increasingly overwhelming weight of rising CO2 emissions.


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