Andri Snær Magnason: On Time and Water

LightweightStructures.Unit Lecture Series #11

We have discussed climate change for almost 30 years now… 

but for many it seems like we don't really understand the issue. In a way you could say the issue is larger than language, as the scale is of mythological proportions. When leaders of the world discuss rise of sea level, glacial melting and general warming of the planet, that is an issue human leaders have never discussed before. We have the data, the prediction of scientists but still most habits and cultures of the 20th century continue like that information did not exist. In his work, Andri Snær Magnason tries to understand the language of climate change, how to connect data to the soul, how to connect in an intimate way to dates like 2150 and understand how we are in a paradigm shift, where every aspect of our lives and industries has to be redesigned, rethought, and remade. That applies very much to building, architecture and construction.

We warmly welcome you to join for FREE the talk on MONDAY 17th January, 2022 – 16.00 CET via   

Andri Snær Magnason

is an Icelandic writer and a father of four children. He has a long experience as a storyteller and a poet, his books have been published or performed in more than 40 languages. His eulogy for the lost OK glacier hit headlines all around the world in 2019. He is unafraid of surfing genres. He has won the Icelandic Literary Award in all categories, fiction, non-fiction and YA/childrens literature. Children's book: The Story of the Blue Planet has won awards in the UK, Poland, USA and China. His non-fiction book: Dreamland - a Self Help manual for a Frightened Nation was one of the most sold books in Icelandic history and contributed to the protection of many rivers and waterfalls in the Icelandic highlands. His sci-fi book LoveStar is the winner of the Philip K. Dick Honorary Award and Le Grand Prix l'Imaginaire in France for best Sci-fi of 2016. Andri has also collaborated with architects, in theater and as director of documentary films. His newest book: On Time and Water is a book of narrative nonfiction, a tale of glaciers, grandmothers and holy cows, trying to grasp the issue of climate change through science, mythology and personal stories. How do we talk about something that is bigger than language? We can't scale up words like numbers and say something is big to the 12th degree. How do we connect to dates like 2100 in an intimate and urgent way? His answer is stories: It has to be told through stories. Andri ran for president of Iceland in 2016 as independent candidate with an environmental agenda and came third. He has recently finished a feature length documentary film: The Hero's Journey to the Third Pole - a Bipolar Musical Documentary with Elephants with focus on mental health awareness.  



Universität Innsbruck
Faculty of Architecture, Department of Design

Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Günther H. Filz, M.Eng.

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