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PublisherLateral Office2019
An atlas of Canadian Ruralism including land use, infrastructure, community, structures, architecture, and important radical rural visions. Produced as part of the the studio “The New Ruralism” at University of Toronto Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, by Prof Mason White.
Rising seas and economic volatility affect a city’s residents differently, exaggerating existing social inequality. How do we cooperate or compete in the face of risk? Bartertown is a board game that tests how cities and people can survive, and even thrive, in a crisis. It imagines a world without money to test how social networks can be re-shaped by an economy of favors and resource-sharing. Players conduct activities and adapt to oods, res, or a new romance—all while negotiating for a couch to sleep on or the chance to build ood-protection infrastructures.
What might urban development look like in a de-growth economy? Is it possible to develop housing without encouraging speculation? How could communities and local businesses reclaim their cities? Karakusevic Carson Architects presents the Camley Street Community Land Trust (CSCLT), a possible model for a future based on a more equitable and sustainable form of urban production. Based on a live concept project in Camden, North London, the CSCLT is an ambitious, multi-actor project for a neighbourhood bringing together truly affordable housing, food production, logistics and light industry. In contrast to the inationary model of large speculative development enabled by ows ...
Composting is a regenerative practice that provides the opportunity for a multitude of life to thrive. Not only does it feed damaged soils, but also depleted imaginations, as new futures emerge from the scraps of the old. Outside the Library, a bioreactor is producing compost from neighbourhood waste. The bioreactor is using the Johnson-Su method of composting which produces a rich, fungi dominated compost which will later be used to give new life to the worn out soils and places. On the shelf, a handbook describes how composting can be a transformative practice to regenerate spaces and can become a degrowth ritual ...
PublisherA.WKSHP2019
This book is an accumulation of images of adobe and its ecosystem taken in The Autonomous Region of Castile and Leon, Spain. The images are chosen as representations of the material viewed at different scales in context. The images are ordered by scale. At each end of the spectrum are the microscopically magnified granular composition, and the satellite image of the region, respectively. Only a portion of the images are within the range of a human’s visual perception. In 2008, the global financial crisis made visible the forces and flaws of a society based on an infinite growth economy, as evidenced by ...
PublisherDAOWO2018
Key learnings, summaries of presentations, quotes, photographs, visualisations, stories and links to videos, audio recordings from first two DAOWO events. DAOWO is “a blockchain laboratory and debate series for reinventing the arts.” The DAOWO lab series invites artists, engineers, thinkers and practitioners to reflect on how blockchains might be used to enable a critical, sustainable and empowered culture. To transcend the emerging hazards and limitations of pure market speculation within crypto-economics. Intended as an iterative temporary laboratory for the eventual creation of a living laboratory and generative space for new knowledge production we take the following conditions as our starting position.
PublisherHunguta Collective2019
Is degrowth an absolute term? As a multidisciplinary team our intention is to question how the concept of degrowth is understood in, and embodied across, the spatial practices of ecosystems in sub-Saharan Africa. Envisioned as an unconventional spatial experience allowing for multiple readings, the dynamic and interactive installation will offer the audience access to a collection of novel case studies. By challenging the reading of the South through the divisive lens of the colonial theodolite, the project presents a living atlas, a learning tool that subverts established modes of conceiving degrowth as an easily transported, translated, and imposed paradigm.
Maria Smith, Matthew Dalziel, Phineas Harper, et alCecilie Sachs Olsen, George Kafka
The Oslo Architecture Triennale, 2019 For the last two centuries, the engine of architectural production and the basis of societies around the world has been the pursuit of economic growth. The desire for infinite growth has forced aside common and ecological goals measuring acts of culture and community as mere bumps in GDP. Yet the limits to this paradigm have become abundantly clear. As equity, wellbeing and non-monetary measures of prosperity falter, rising sea temperatures, extreme weather and other indicators of climate breakdown converge on the conclusion that the days of growth’s predominance are running out. Architecture is no exception. The promise ...
The Intentional Estates Agency [IEA] adopts and modifies the mechanisms of desire and commodity logic of a real estate agency to engage issues of degrowth. It offers a brochure of sixteen portfolios of degrowth options that draw from a catalog of historical, contemporary and speculative intentional communities and social experiments from around the world. Rather than an emphasis on cost, location or square footage, these portfolios foreground, for example, communal metrics, platforms for collective sharing, and resource management. Designed as an interactive questionnaire, the brochure prompts participants to discover a portfolio that might be suitable for them as a means to ...
‘Landscape Healing’ is a cinematic documentary film following the largest act of rewilding in Norway, by BAFTA-nominated film director Richard John Seymour and produced by 3RW arkitekter. A multidisciplinary group of people has been quietly conducting a project that could set a precedent for humanity’s next great challenge: the rewilding of our planet back to a sustainable level. After decades of efficiency adjustments, in the early 2000s most of the Norwegian Defence Estates Agency’s sites were left abandoned yet unsuitable for public use. The film follows the process of healing these wounded landscapes, the restoration of these huge areas of land across Norway ...
PublisherFRAGMENT2019
Moving houses looks into an old democratic tradition; to detach a house from its foundation and move it to another location. This process was relatively common throughout the first half of the 20th century. In the 1950s, people on the most remote islands in Nordland received disbursements from the state to float their houses to central islands with better infrastructure, and many of the houses in Vålerenga in Oslo and the wooden town in Stavanger were originally located on the countryside. Timber frame houses were moved as a whole or in larger parts, while notched houses were completely taken apart. As ...
GISTO is a studio based in Milan working on design, architecture and craftsmanship.
The rising indifference toward the plight of the urban poor shown by local authorities calls for strategic consideration from architects in a manner more sympathetic to social justice. In a context of scarcity of natural resources and economic degrowth, we believe that our profession can still make a difference through modest design projects. This was our aim in Monte Xisto.
Paper News is the quarterly newsletter by the network for independent publishing Drucken Heften Laden, which discusses and analyses the conditions and possi­bili­ties for independent publishing in the context of art and urbanism. Drucken Heften Laden derives from an eponymous exhibition, workshop and series of events at neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK) in Berlin, which took place in January 2015. Since then, a small group of Berlin-based producers and publishers has gathered regularly. “We share experiences and resources, and build a discourse around production methods and values as well as the distribution of books and booklets.” Publishing is always ...
PublisherOrizzontale2019
Tools for playground is a toolkit to let people interact and modify space through “play” and on the creation of game dynamics. Playing is also a revolutionary act as in this dimension we can get rid of pre-constituted systems. With playful architectures we can relieve the constraints of form/function. Tools for Playground’s goal is to temporarily transform space into a playful dimension, favoring the interaction with the context and between people of any age, sex and nationality. These tools want to play with rules, leaving players free to arbitrarily invent their own. With few indications and simple tools, we can create objectives, parallel universes ...
PublisherBenjamin Wells2019
Cities are full of spatial constructs that fuel, frame and glorify the growth agenda. Factories, shopping malls, motorways, tower blocks, petrol stations, speculative housings – all are products of, but also perpetuators of, the narrative of constant growth. These forms and the practices they host are unsustainable, yet we patiently wait for their industries to fade (or crash) into obsoletion before we begin to ponder their possible spatial transformation. Globalisation has been highly effective in de-visualising the effects of unsustainable practices – production is screened from consumption, labour is concealed from play – and this has hindered our ability to ...
The story of Centralia teaches us the interrelatedness of cultural, social, and political agents and the long-lasting environmental impacts of resource extraction for the sake of economic growth. Seams of anthracite coal below Centralia extend far beyond the limits of the borough. The process of mining should be considered an act of underground urbanization, which impacts nature and the environment to a degree we are just now beginning to understand. Only a few boreholes remain as visual markers of the environmental tragedy. These hypodermic needles provided information to scientists about the environmental conditions of the coal veins. Today, most of ...
How to Build a Community, and Map to Treherbert Skyline.
From the first fieldtrips for the design of a library in Burundi to involving over 150 workshop participants in the construction of a public building in Belgium, the stories compiled in this book tell how BC architects & studies engage in acts of building. BC believes that, in order to have a positive impact on our society, architects need to intervene beyond the narrow denition of the professional who designs and controls the execution of buildings. Hence, BC ventures into material production, contracting, knowledge transfer and community organization, which all inuence their design approach. The book is structured around a collection ...
Under Construction imagines a city that is constantly being rebuilt using the same stock of materials. Reuse of building materials is not just a problem of logistics and material flows. It is as much a cultural and architectural problem. One of the most persistent architectural conventions is to consider abstract space before objects and materials. Building elements and furnishings should be subservient to a larger whole. This approach is aligned with a view on the world that is inherited from industrialism, in which any materials could be sourced anew and moulded into shape indefinitely. Reuse, as a conceptual approach to ...
PublisherLateral O�ce2015
A research study of vernacular architecture and settlement form in Newfoundland, Canada. Produced as part of the studio “Between Land and Water” at University of Waterloo School of Architecture, by Prof Lola Sheppard.
PublisherOn Cities2019
Our research proposes an alternative model for an urban communal villa, where tenants are completely freed from work and domestic labour. In an almost dystopian scenario, we propose that rent from an oversized billboard would be the tenants’ only source of income. The profit generated by the ads would not be reinvested in capital accumulation, but rather used to pay off the initial investment and sustain the household. The project raises different questions such as “what would we do if we no longer had to pursue an income?” or “can we preserve our ethical integrity while fighting within and against ...
How does language change our understanding of the natural world, and our own role within it? How can the introduction of new terms into public discourse – depense, degrowth – alter our realities? Visual Ecolophonic is an informal research project by INDA & Animali Domestici through encounters with with Sami reindeer herders, cultural associations, and artists, in northern Finland, which considers how the Northern Sami language embraces the ecosophic, or ecophilosophical, complexity of nature in a way that other languages do not. The project considers how architects may embrace a more complex vocabulary and understanding of the ecologies in which ...
Publisher(D)IRT2019
In solidarity with Decolonize This Place’s nine weeks of action leading up to the Whitney Biennial, we produced an alternative to the museum’s official guide. Our spring guide is designed to lead the reader through the crisis at the Whitney caused by the continuing presence of tear gas manufacturer Warren B. Kanders on the museum’s board of trustees. We have made the PDF available for download and encourage you to share and print the the guide. Please feel free to assemble the guide and bring it with you to the museum. You may choose to leave it in the museum’s ...

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