1 in 5 mammals

1 in 3 amphibians

1 in 8 birds

1 in 3 freshwater fish . . .

are known to be threatened with extinction, with the alteration of their habitat as the single biggest cause.

On average, every 20 minutes a unique living species of plant or animal disappears. Forever. At this rate, by some estimates, as much as 30 percent of the world’s animals and plants could be on the path to extinction within the next one hundred years.

What is Missing? is Maya Lin’s foundation to create, through science-based artworks, an awareness about the current biodiversity and habitat loss crisis that is causing the sixth mass extinction in the planet’s history.

Maya Lin, artist and architect, was the opening keynote speaker at this year’s Living Future unConference. She has maintained a balance between art and architecture throughout her career, creating a remarkable body of work. Landscape is the context and the source of inspiration for Ms. Lin’s art. She peers curiously at the landscape through a 21st-century lens, merging rational and technological order with notions of beauty and the transcendental.

Her architectural work includes a diverse range of institutional and private commissions: a chapel and library for the Children’s Defense Fund, the Sculpture Center’s space in Long Island City, Aveda’s headquarters in downtown Manhattan, and private residences throughout the country, to name a few. Her world-renowned memorials include the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, DC, and the Women’s Table at Yale University, among others. Currently she is working on her final memorial.


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