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Carbon removal represents "this generation's moon landing" says Liam Young

In this exclusive video for Dezeen, filmmaker and architect Liam Young talks about his latest exhibition, Planetary Redesign, which explores solutions for climate change.

"My job as a designer and a filmmaker is one of science visualization," explains Young in the video. "I tell stories about the global, urban and architectural implications of new technologies."

The exhibition features two films, The Great Endeavor and Planet City, which focus on two separate speculative solutions for climate change.

The Great Endeavor depicts a future where people are building massive-scale wind farms in the ocean and solar farms in the desert to help cut carbon emissions.

It looks at "the design and creation of a planetary network of carbon removal machines. And this really represents our generation's moon landing," Young said.

Planet City, meanwhile, envisions a city that could house the entire population of Earth in 2050. It would be surrounded by a "global-scale national Park."

Both films are on show as part of the Planetary Redesign exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), for which Young spoke to Dezeen's China editor Christina Yao about how he is "filled with dread" over climate change.

Liam Young: Planetary Redesign is on show until 11 February 2024 at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Fed Square, Melbourne, Australia. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.