Ephemera

A New Theory of Love — A table left in the middle of a dinner. The tablecloth wrinkled with scattered toy blocks. Fragments of a facade can be seen — interrupted, cut open and penetrated. Lampposts dot the surface — reminders of a street now emptied of cars. At the edge, a stairway is inhabited anew: a bathtub hangs from a landing, sofas are built onto a flight of steps, a television flickers. Underneath, a re- furbished entrance frays the threshold to an apartment. — Who has inhabited this common infrastructure ? What has happened to the stairway as we know ...
Publisher(ab)Normal2019
ARPA is an artefact reflecting on the progressive transformation of labour and the socio-economic consequences linked to the introduction of automation in production processes. Despite all reservations, automation might be considered to substantially contribute to the construction of a socio-economically sustainable paradise, freeing humanity from the fatigue of labour through an ecosystem of machines. ARPA is shaped as an instrument of propaganda, a device as part of a larger communication strategy staged in the city of Oslo, informing the public about a forthcoming technological revolution. The collision between the two media involved – still images and scrolling video-texts – unveils ...
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 http://oslotriennale.no/en/aboutoat2019 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 ...
J. Gordon Faylor
Gauss PDF : A publisher of digital and print works. : J. Gordon Faylor gausspdf@gmail.com Oakland, CA
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 ...
The project ‘An Inventory of Experience’ is an on-going correspondence between the contributors and several architects from Belgium and abroad, investigating the impact of a new building on its urban and collective context. The correspondence is conducted under the pseudonym of L. Peretz and poses a simple question: how do you deal with the question of context, and specifically those contextual elements that resist explication? In addition, Peretz proposes a so-called ‘inventory of experience’, to be included alongside the more technical inventories and surveys which are usually included in project briefs and their accompanying spreadsheets of endless data. Parallel 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 ...
Message in a Bottle is an assemblage of interlocking plastic bottles that are intended for water, medical supplies and then used as building elements to create a shelter in the event of a natural catastrophe. Each bottle includes a “micro-message” – a story of how to reuse plastic bottles, making evident their effect on the global plastisphere — visible to viewers with the help of optic lens. The installation is designed as an interactive playspace, where bottles can be used as building blocks containing secret messages. Message in a Bottle fosters a dialogue on topics relating to recycling of industrial products ...
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.
PublisherNanotourism2019
Nowadays tourism is one of the fastest growing economies that has even surpassed the automobile and food industries. As part of the leisure industry, mass tourism is fundamentally destroying aspects of indigenous culture and local specificities. Referencing Buckminster Fuller: “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – we aim to challenge the destructive notion of mass tourism and its traditional association with the idea of growth. In this view, we developed the concept of nanotourism, a constructed term describing a creative critique to the current environmental, social ...
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.
PublisherThe Family2019
Our own family network will be the starting point. We want to historically understand our housing past, but also poetically engage in a wider debate about the home of the future. We’ll not only use ourselves – three generations of a family network – as tools in this investigation, but also the book ‘Nye Hjem i Norge’, published in 1940 as a work of architectural guidance for the design and construction of new homes in Norway. The book offers a glimpse into the housing imagination of its time, while also prompting this question: If it were to be written today, ...
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 ...
Bergen has a strong tradition of timber architecture. In the 1700s it was common for houses to be erected outside the city, disassembled, moved to the town and reassembled on a designated plot. Trenezia on the Store Lungegårdsvann in Bergen for BOB BBL reflects this traditional construction method, using offsite manufactured timber structures and modules to create a zero carbon community. Drawing on the craft of wood block printing we express how the beauty of traditional techniques can be combined with modern methods of production to develop a new vernacular. The 9 wood blocks illustrate how the project reinterprets traditional ...

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