Daniel A. Barber is Chair of the interdisciplinary PhD Program in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design, where he is Associate Professor. His most recent book is Modern Architecture and Climate: Design before Air Conditioning (Princeton University Press, 2020). Daniel has co-edited the Accumulation series on e-flux Architecture since 2017, and is cofounder of Current: Collective on Environment and Architectural History. He is guest-co-editor (with Fallon Samuels Aidoo) of a forthcoming issue of Future Anterior focused on climate justice and energy retrofitting in preservation and architecture. For 2021–2022, Daniel is a Senior Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies (CAPAS) at Universität Heidelberg.
If critical histories, white Anthropocene narratives, and the will-to-protect invite a “rampant inability to imagine alternative futures outside an apocalyptic state of emergency,” a gift of Black ecological thought is its hopeful, invigorated energies and will-to-change.