The Energy Issue

August 6, 2014

Issue No. 1

New York, NY

The Energy Issue is a Columbia University GSAPP initiative to make energy a cultural issue, launched in partnership with Oldcastle Building Envelope®.
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SEAS OF CHANGE: HOW WE ARE FACING THE GROWING WASTE IN OUR LARGEST ECOSYSTEM

Despite covering 71% of the earth’s surface, oceans persist in our minds as a perpetual final frontier.

SEA SOUP: MANDY BARKER’S PHOTO COLLAGES OF OCEAN TRASH

Scientists have informally dubbed the discarded human waste accumulating in our oceans with a number of names: “soup,” “trash vortex,” and most nobly, the “Great Pacific garbage patch.”

DREAMS OF PLASTIC: MONSANTO’S HOUSE OF THE FUTURE AT DISNEYLAND

Sponsored by the now notorious Monsanto Company, the “House of the Future” embraced a vision of suburban living where plastic reigned.

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REFINERY KITSCH: DAVE LACHAPELLE’S “LAND SCAPE” PHOTOGRAPHY

Artist David LaChapelle tackled fossil fuels in his 2013 photo series “Land Scape,” which captured models of oil refineries assembled from cheap, mass produced found objects.