Daniel Jacobs – FLORAL POLITIK
FLORAL POLITIK explores the commodification of natural resources and exploitation of ecosystems through the design of a new institutional architecture. The studio interrogates the interface between bodies, specimens, ecologies, and architectural space to reframe our habits of consumption, political action, and understanding of the environmental crisis. Pulling on threads from participatory art practice, ecological and botanical sciences, political theories of the commons, and contemporary material practice, the studio seeks to challenge the dominant visual and aesthetic culture surrounding these worlds to propose new scenographies of collectivity and ecological cooperation. FLORAL POLITIK asks: how can architecture mediate between the assembly of bodies, species, ecologies, and new technologies, to manifest affective and material transformations of civic and material exchange? What powers of assembly, collectivity, and sharing can produce new cultures of stewardship and a projective relationship to our role in ecology? How can we inject new ecological sensibilities into the space of social and political action? What tactics can we use to re-engage, re-image, and reveal these ecological futures? How do we make decisions to determine how much do we need to build, renovate, remediate, expose, unearth, or rewild? How should nature be displayed, codified, studied, commodified? Ultimately, how is architecture implicated the reframing of the body, the assembly, and the environment at the scale of society in a globalized world? How can reimagine ways of being in the world, in civic space and in nature, in a time of environmental collapse?
Phillip Allore, Clare Coburn, Mitchell Lawrence – “Terran Enclave”
As climate discourse shifts from “change” to “crisis,” an optimistic outcome requires interventions that renew human-non-human relationships. Contemporary institutions perpetuate status quo forms of knowledge production, which is directly channeled to profitable industries in order to further the exploitation of Earth’s resources. Terran Enclave proposes a trans-disciplinary institution that works against this by creating diverse forms of knowledge production. It seeks to enable a new way of life that promotes closer working relationships across disciplines and species. The compound mixes communal, domestic, work, and growing spaces so that Terrans can envision a livable future together.
Leah Hong, Allison Stamm – “Testing Grounds”
Testing Grounds seeks to rework the relationship between plants and people, and between land and architecture. It recognizes both plants and people as living beings with the capacity to help each other and their shared environment, and land and architecture as two dynamic characters within the broader system of ecology and commercialization. The project proposes a wellness center for the living and the land that have been affected by industry. The project considers “wellness” not as a way to smooth over the environmental, bodily, and psychological trauma of over-industrialization through trendy therapies. Rather, it integrates the present state of environmental and human affliction as the foundation for recovery.
Matilda Terolli, Jackie Urwin – “New Pharmakon”
The word “pharmacy” comes from the Greek, pharmakon was used by the Greek, meaning drug, remedy, charm, enchantment, or poison. The drugs developed by the pharmaceutical industry define human subjectivity in a particular way to fulfil the roles dictated by capitalist society. We are proposing an alternative institution, a pharmaco-horticultural space of production and a new pharmaceutical atmosphere. This pharmaco-horticultural space is both a recreation and medicinal facility that supplies plant-based remedies and experiences that heal (and fundamentally question) both mind and body.