Aug 15,19,22,29; Sep 21 FIlms,Game,Lecture at Geothe Institute
Aug 15,19,22,29; Sep 21 Films,Game,Lecture at Geothe Institute
Climate, SustainabilityThree $Films and one $Game and one free Lecture at the Geothe Institute, Chinatown, 7th and I Streets NW
Box Office for films $7/$4 student
FilmMonday 08/15/2011, 6:30 pm $7/$4 student
Algol - Tragedy of PowerIntroduced by Alexander Ochs, Energy and Climate Program Director, Worldwatch Institute.
short film The Wheel (Das Rad)Germany, 2001, DVD, 8 min., Directors: Chris Stenner, Heidi Wittlinger, Arvid UibelThis short animated film amusingly traces the development of humanity and its technologies from the Stone Age into the future from the viewpoint of two stones.
silent main film Algol – Tragedy of Power (Algol – Tragödie der Macht)Germany, 1920, DVD, 120 min., Director: Hans Wreckmeister This silent film centers on a human who is given a prototype machine by an inhabitant of the planet Algol. If used, it would allow him to rule the earth. The protagonist’s faith in progress expresses a fundamental cause of climate change.Goethe-Institut Washington
Games Evening (Spieleabend)Friday 08/19/2011, 6 - 9 pm
Industrial Settlers of Catan: A Climate ScenarioGoethe-Institut WashingtonIndustrial Settlers of Catan: A Climate Scenario
Games Evening (Spieleabend)Friday, 19 August 2011, 6 - 9 pm
Goethe-Institut Washington, FotoGalerie$5+ 1 (202)[masked][masked] us for an evening playing Industrial Settlers of Catan: A Climate Scenario. This variation of everyone’s favorite German board game (Settlers of Catan by Klaus Teuber) incorporates new resources and new rules and in the process demonstrates the difficult realities of climate change politics. Learn the new rules and play the scenario with the designers, Erik Assadourian of the Worldwatch Institute and game designer Ty Hansen. Don’t miss out on this fun opportunity to experience a classic board game in a new way while also wrestling with the ultimate question of the modern era: to grow or not to grow. Will you risk runaway pollution and climate change destroying the island of Catan in order to win the game? The answer might surprise you!Please note: to ensure you have a chance to learn the rules for Industrial Settlers of Catan: A Climate Scenario and play a full game, please plan to arrive prior to 8 pm. Participants are invited to bring their friends for the fun. Drinks and snacks will be offered.In cooperation with the Worldwatch Institute.RSVP to [masked] our planning purposes, please indicate in your e-mail if you can bring along a version of the original Settlers of Catan. Extra scenario rules and playing pieces for the variation will be provided.
Film Monday 08/22/2011, 6:30 pm
Climate.Culture.Change (3) - People - Dreams - ActionsGoethe-Institut Washington
short film So What Are You Doing About Climate Change? (Was machst du gegen den Klimawandel?)Germany, 2008, DVD, 3 min., Director: Katrin RotheSaving the world in two-and-a-half minutes, this film conjures up an entire universe of hopes and dreams, wishes and fears, opinions and plans, and the inevitable feeling of individual helplessness in regards to finding solutions.
main film People – Dreams – Actions (Menschen – Träume – Taten)Germany, 2007, DVD, 90 min, Director: Andreas Stiglmayr
An ecological model settlement called “Seven Linden Trees” in Altmark, Germany becomes a microcosm that vividly reflects the problems of society at large
Film Monday 08/29/2011, 6:30 pm
Climate.Culture.Change (4) - Above Water
Introduced by Robert Engelman, Vice President of Programs, Worldwatch Institute.
They Will Come to Town Germany, 2008, DVD, 1 min., Director: Thilo EwersThis animated film illustrates the dramatic consequences of climate change for our cities – completely without words – if for no other reason than that there are no actors to speak them.Before the Flood: TuvaluUK/France, 2004, DVD, 62 min., Director: Paul Lindsay
The Pacific island of Tuvalu will sink below sea level in a few decades due to climate change. The film describes how difficult it is for this poor country to refrain from short-term consumption for the sake of survival and a longer-term quality of life.Above Water (Über Wasser)Austria/Luxembourg, 2007, DVD, 82 min., Director: Udo MaurerFrom different parts of our earth, the film reports on the existential significance of water. It becomes clear that climate change will dramatically affect regions on earth that contributed little to this problem.
Lecture - Future Building Techniques
Wednesday, 21 September 2011, 12 – 2 pm
Goethe-Institut Washington, FotoGalerieEnglish
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In the building sector, the future looks bright, full of sustainable designs and striking geometric features. But how do we get there? Designers and contractors often lack the tools they need to make their visions come true. Architect Werner Sobek is an exception to this rule. He will present a selection of his latest projects and give an insight into his research on future building techniques and materials. The works of Werner Sobek are breathtaking structures of unprecedented lightness. They combine in an impressive manner high-tech engineering and respect of ecological aspects. Werner Sobek heads the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design in Stuttgart and is Mies van der Rohe Professor at the IIT in Chicago/Illinois. He is also owner of an engineering and design consulting firm with offices in Stuttgart, Cairo, Dubai, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Moscow, New York, and Sao Paulo.A light lunch will commence at noon, followed by the lecture at 12:30 pm.This event is part of the Fall 2011 lecture series Contemporary German Architecture at the Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and Planning.