Goh’s teaching and advocacy encompass these different ways of examining climate change – not as a technological problem, but as a social one. Across the world, we find that the communities most vulnerable to climate change are the ones that are most vulnerable to everything else. Moreover, attempts by designers to address climate change often exacerbate the already challenging conditions in which half of humanity lives.
Kian has taught architecture, urban planning, sustainable design, and environmental studies at several leading institutions, as well as being the founder of the architecture firm Super-Interesting. Super-Interesting developed a practice model at the intersection of sustainability and social interaction, working across scales on planning, architecture and products.
Goh also writes prolifically, recently coauthoring articles on social justice and climate change adaptation in JPER and Nature Climate Change, an article on the sociopolitics of “smart cities,” a book chapter on queer activism in New York City, and an article on post-tsunami rebuilding in Indonesia in Places Journal.
We were lucky enough to be joined by Professor Goh on our podcast Social Design Insights, where we discussed how politics, design and climate change come together. Have a listen at the link above!