Index of Titles Filed Under 'Degrowth'

PublisherRework2019
DE(WORK) is an installation on the Degrowth of Work. Technological development and globalisation have created an apparent decoupling of economic growth from material resource extraction. This has only been made possible by the increased abstraction of labour, and the spatial distance between sites of production and consumption. The installation, (DE)WORK, exposes the interdependencies between processes of material extraction, productive labour, and growth within the globalised economy. It presents raw data on economic and financial, environmental, and political metrics driving complex processes of deforestation as an example of material extraction – in an abstract and continuous flow, manicured live by an ...
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 ...
Publisheryyyy-mm-dd2019
Material circulation encompasses architectural production and de-production when considered within geological time. Architecture is a fleeting construct—a temporary, unstable container of increasingly-valued minerals that is always in a state of settling. You say to brick, “what do you want, brick?” Brick says to you,”I want to be mud.” Aggregates, especially with the rise of modern concrete, have become our second most-used resource. While sand, gravel, and small rocks account for up to 75% of concrete’s composition, sand alone accounts for over 85% of global mining activity. As a finite resource, aggregates on the market wield consequences from land-reclamation driven conflicts to ...
PublisherYujia Bian2019
As a bar of soap, ARCHITECTURE is a communal resource for the Triennale visitors to clean themselves. It also stands in as a symbol for architecture; a coming together of materials in concrete form that facilitates social processes. As it is used, ARCHITECTURE loses its rigid form. Its fixed appearance erodes through use and it is molded by the hands that touch it; a record of the material sociability inherent in its structure and function. ARCHITECTURE pays attention to the material flows that sustain a collective hygiene, while thinking through architecture as a social entity that evolves beyond its original form.
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 ...
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.
Contemporary art almost invariably presents ideas and aesthetics on a symbolic, referential level, particularly when it concerns itself with ecological issues. What this means is that it tells a story that does not include its material realities in that story. The effect this has is that the artwork hides its own material use, social impact, energy use, and other conditions necessary for its production and reception. We need to understand what is at stake when an artwork’s primary form and mode of communication replicates the very problems of a society it reflects on.
The third BKDN BKDN workbook is for facilitating Deep Listening sonic meditations with others to individually and collectively experience immersive ecological entanglement. The publication is a tool for sinking in to relationships you have with the world around you, helping to bypass the ways you have been taught to limit or ignore the subtleties of the more-than-human world you are immersed in. This workbook has been developed over the past decade through many experiments in Deep Listening sessions that I have facilitated. Since first being exposed to Deep Listening, I was interested in how it could create empathies with the ...
PublisherOther Architects2019
Burial Belt proposes repurposing denuded grazing land for natural burial. Burial funds the revegetation of the native environment, replacing high-emissions livestock farming with carbon-filtering forest. Beyond basic costs, individuals can invest as much as they like in this endeavor, potentially greening acres and offsetting life-long carbon vices. While those buried in this new cemetery will have no lasting monuments and will decompose into the soil, burial space is provided in perpetuity, providing a permanent covenant over the land. Eventually, burial sites connect to form a continuous green belt that encompasses the city fringe and constrains sprawl.
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 ...
PublisherJovis Publishers2012
The man-made peninsula Palm Jumeirah on the coast of Dubai is a project of superlatives and an exemplary model for the gated communities and resorts that have developed worldwide in property bubbles. The development may be spectacular, but cannot conceal the fact that the former marketing success story is faced with serious problems. How can an isolated anti-urban exclave be opened up and integrated? Can issues concerning networking, the public sphere and affordable housing, as well as climate change adaptation, biodiversity and the supply of energy be resolved through targeted tactical interventions? The Charter of Dubai is a manifesto of ...
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 ...
Soil, as the keeper of nutrients and the core building block of our existence, is currently being produced in the neighborhood of Grønland in Oslo, by local youth. By using local resources, they are making and selling the product. Oslo Living Lab uses the core of commercial growth, the excess of food and garbage, as a resource which stands outside of the established system, on the verge of laws and regulations. This project provides a theatrical exploration of a pragmatic degrowth transition. Death and Degrowth explores the world of this performative initiative as an important driver of transition towards a model of ...
This book develops and encourages you to inhabit — through narratives or spatialized experiences — Deep Maps of places you want to understand in a robust, inclusive, and expansive ways, which is not possible with traditional mapping. Maps tell you more about yourself, the narratives you construct, and the values you explicitly or implicitly hold, than they do about an actual place. To get an understanding of an actual place, one must inhabit its multiple overlapping contradictory stories simultaneously. To this end, we began to construct Deep Maps. We were inspired by the American author, William Least Heat-Moon’s book PrairyEarth, ...
PublisherLondonon2019
Londonon, a collective of six individual architectural practices, traveled to Paris in February 2019, embarking on a field trip to celebrate, observe, investigate, catalogue and question humanity’s relationship with food. Our contribution to Oslo Architecture Triennale reflects on this trip, taking a detailed look at the remarkable impact that the lifecycle of food has on the shaping of our culture, geography and the urban grain of cities worldwide. We have used Paris as a paradigmatic case study of a city with a unique role in world gastronomy that has food ingrained at the very core of its being. The ambition ...
Almost overnight, we have moved from a culture of ownership to a culture of rent. We subscribe for access to unlimited amounts of online shared content and have access to people’s homes, cars and even their time all at the click of a button. Where will the shared economy end? What is the limit to a subscription based lifestyle? We believe that the concept of sharing requires re-interrogation. The need to own something has long been driven by economic and consumerist incentives, a desire which is potentially becoming obsolete. Yet the sharing economy is equally at risk of being exploited and ...
PublisherEDIT Collective2019
The Taylorist tools of our modern homes, from the lawnmower to the microwave, are engineered for solo users. These tools complement our growth-oriented consumerist culture and gendered performance of the nuclear family. Honey I’m Home! questions domestic rituals by altering the props which support them. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP), for example, is a fictional, provocative prototype for collectivising domestic labour. As an alternative to the capitalist assumption that housework is most efficient when performed individually, the GDP is a device best used by three people.
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 ...
PublisherLibrary Stack2019
In 2015, the American Library Association adopted the Resolution on the Importance of Sustainable Libraries; since then, other international organizations have been quick to go along with the proposal, reporting on the potential relationship between sustainability and libraries. However, such documents (which, in general, support the role of librarians in building “sustainable, resilient and regenerative” communities and making “sustainable decisions”) remain purely statements of intent… that include a handful of trendy topics in their paragraphs, and fall short of being credible action plans. It is worrying to note that, despite the seriousness and urgency of the discussion, these statements tiptoe ...
In today’s world where time is a valued commodity and the motto ”live everyday like it’s your last” is stuck to your ever faster outdated refrigerator’s door, the forest stands for values of stark contrast. Consider the pine. It takes an average pine 120 years to become useful as timber. Timber that is used to build the houses around you. By accepting one of our prepared seed bags, you are encouraged to experience the amount of time and effort that is required to produce one single pine tree, but also the vast amount of positive side effects tied to its growing. ...
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 ...

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