Architectural Practice as a Vehicle for Exploring Relationality in the More Than Human World

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Abstract

Key life sustaining systems of the Earth are critically endangered due to human activity. Practicing architecture in this era of the climate crisis and mass extinction calls for critical revisioning of the worldview and the values we build on. The technoscientific approach to environmental architecture must be broadened towards ethics and aesthetics. This paper explores how post-humanist and eco-feminist perspectives of entanglement and relationality challenge human exceptionalism as a basis for making architecture in the process of the Alusta research pavilion. In this practice-led research, multisensory spatial experience, material circulation and more than human temporalities are explored through building a temporary pavilion for multispecies encounters outdoors in an urban museum setting. Reflecting on the project, an architectural space is understood as a continuous process of becoming enacted by various human and nonhuman forces instead of as a stable object with a sole human author. Architecture is reimagined as part of the web of care sustaining all life. Environmental architecture thus carries the double task of simultaneously becoming a practical act of repairing environmental degradation, and a symbolic representation of relationality and care.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages26
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 17 Aug 2023
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
EventArt of Research Conference: ReImagining - Dipoli, Espoo, Finland
Duration: 30 Nov 20231 Dec 2023
Conference number: 8
https://artofresearch2023.aalto.fi/

Conference

ConferenceArt of Research Conference
Abbreviated titleAoR
Country/TerritoryFinland
CityEspoo
Period30/11/202301/12/2023
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Keywords

  • environmental architecture
  • care
  • more-than-human world
  • relationality
  • practice-led research
  • research through art
  • research through design

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