Fairy Tales competition announces winners addressing climate change and sustainability

April 25, 2019 by  
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New York-based online platform Blank Space has announced the winners of the 2019 Fairy Tales competition — the largest annual architecture competition in the world. For its sixth year, the competition drew submissions from over 65 countries that were evaluated by a jury of more than 20 leading architects, designers and storytellers, including the likes of Moshe Safdie, Tatiana Bilbao, Jurgen Mayer, Julia Koerner, Mark Foster Gage and Jane Yolen. The 2019 competition challenged participants to create a text narrative along with images to explore the complex issues of immigration, pollution, climate change , sea level rise and the longevity of human impact. First prize in the 2019 Fairy Tales competition was awarded to Colombian architects Lorena Cano Acosta and Nicolás Mendoza Ramos for “The Fall,” a dystopian narrative inspired by the mass exodus currently taking place in Venezuela. In Acosta and Mendoza’s dystopian world, Earth has been ravaged by rising sea levels , which have flooded and destroyed entire countries. To protect citizens, governments built barriers and walls out of trash — “The Ecowall” — separating land from water. The second prize was given to Melbourne-based concept artist and illustrator Nick Stath for his story, “Monuments of the Past.” The narrative is structured as the diary of a father who recounts his day taking his son to see man-made recreations of natural landscapes destroyed by climate change. The images show a Martian landscape , where the father and son travel in astronaut-like suits visiting the Monuments, artificial landscapes erected on floating mega-structures. Related: Chilling light installation visualizes sea level rise caused by climate change Third prize went to Brooklyn-based designer Anthony D’Auria for “Kraken in an 80 Million Gallon Tank,” a look into an “uncanny future that is humid and sticky.” D’Auria added, “A future where things have been set in motion and no matter how big we build or how intricately we plan, they cannot be undone. How do we make sense of such a future? How do we live on the tenuous ground that past decisions have engendered? In the end, it all seems pretty hazy.” + 2019 Fairy Tales Competition Images via Blank Space

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Photographing a fragile, yet resilient, world

March 18, 2018 by  
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Environmental artist Anne de Carbuccia travels to Earth’s most extreme places, documenting the effects of climate change.

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Electrifying moments from VERGE 17

September 25, 2017 by  
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Here are the not-to-be-missed performances, technology exhibits and discussions from our trademark event in Santa Clara last week.

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The transformative power of poetry

September 6, 2017 by  
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Kealoha, the first Poet Laureate of Hawaii and the first poet to perform at a Hawaii governor’s inauguration, brings the transformative power of poetry to the VERGE Hawaii main stage. His work weaves through themes of building, growth and the agency that all people have within us to sow the seeds of sustainable change. Because creating a better future takes a global village. 

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How to be a trusted messenger on climate change

May 3, 2017 by  
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Today, many of us have been personally harmed by climate change, although we might not recognize the cause.

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Episode 58: Our predictions for 2017 and Years of Living Dangerously

January 6, 2017 by  
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In this week’s episode: David Crane on the Four Horsemen of the Climate Apocalypse, and a sneak peek into the stories GreenBiz reporters are tracking in 2017.

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Lessons in sustainability storytelling from the Pacific

June 23, 2016 by  
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A swell of messages rose at VERGE Hawaii about how to fine-tune your sustainability vision and messaging.

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The business-conservation link

March 3, 2016 by  
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Conservation International Executive Vice President and Senior Scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan addresses conservation, ecology, climate and nature within the context of business at GreenBiz 16.

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