MAN-MADE GEOGRAPHIES: From Planetary to Molecular, Studio 12 22/23

..DELUSIONAL TECHNO-SCAPES, INFRASTRUCTURAL GRAVEYARDS AND POST-INDUSTRIAL EDEN’S. A Laboratory of Planetary Diplomacy on Territorial Research and Geopolitical Advocacy: Following McHale’s 'Planetary Housekeeping', referring to the planet as an indoor space, the Studio seeks for new forms of correlations between social landscapes, ecosystem services, and post-industrial geographies, aiming for a global atlas of diplomacy and advocacy project to address conflict zones and environmental constraints.

The research projects will develop digital collaborative cartographies and living maps, while denouncing agents of disturbance and the exhaustion of exceptional ecological resources and vulnerable lands and communities. The projects research by design, envisioning Post-Industrial Edens of high natural and cultural capital through art, science, and craftmanship by revisiting the ecosystemic values and violations of the boundaries of human and nature's rights. The research hypotheses around environmental scenarios where ecological infrastructures seek to regulate the metabolism of the landscape. Studio 12 students envisions free energy managed by community grids, landscapes eco-infrastructures linking disrupted ecosystems, and long-term remediation strategies for scars of extractives practices and man-made exploited geographies. Responding to climate change in Norrland, learning from paths and routes laid out by people for centuries before and letting history resonate through visions for the future, the studio will experience a journey on critical investigation tackling futures sustainable scenarios. By revitalizing the landscapes with new economies and natural values through transitional infrastructures and material engineering to living systems and building components, the students will be able to envision carbon free geographies and new multispecies landscapes. 

Studio12 conducts research on territorial injustice in Nordic geographies, revealing hidden scenarios of infrastructural violence and environmental depletion. Using intersectional cartographies, the methodology encompasses the mapping of complex geo-spatial data to study disruptive phenomena and denounce the agents of disturbance.

Studio Agenda 
Geopolitical, social, and environmental concerns is the context of our exploration during the year, testing infrastructures for engagement able to host life of humans and non-human species. The studio operates as a support for advocacy projects focusing on social and environmental reengineering. We start by analyzing pattern geographies: territories, ecologies, industries, and regional inhabitation, addressing how they can be affected by architecture and spatial design from the molecular to the planetary scale. Students generate active grounds and territorial design proposals, developing supportive bio infrastructures and eco regional visions. Studio 12 stands on a strong technical and artistic agenda; the project in the Fall term concentrates on complex mapping and intersectional cartographies, material narratives and performative tectonic. In the Spring term these explorations develop into complex living systems, responsive landscapes components and operative prototypes, leading to new socio-ecological models of inhabitation. The complementary agendas provide a wider understanding of available human and environmental resources and technological possibilities.

Studio Methodology 
The studio implements a methodology of learning by making, thereby integrating new knowledge into a practicable design proposal. The studio develops preparatory technical and professional research and studies through experimentation and testing. The Studio operates as a research platform combining digital and analogical design methods, using open-source technologies and traditional building techniques. The studio unfolds a comprehensive number of physical models, mock-ups, and prototypes, building a library of experiments able to lead the research progressively to a fully resolved design. Through a continuous dialogue between artistic production and technical expertise the projects expand in a holistic comprehension of the science and craft of the building environment. The projects envision mediating forms and bio structures evolving from the scars of urgent ecological challenges. 
Studio Responsible: Alejandro Haiek Coll. 
Tutors: Johanna Runge,  Raffaelle Enrichiello.  
External tutors: Alejandra Diaz,Tomas Mena, Luis Pimentel, Raquel Colacios. 
Technical assistance: Håkan Hansson, Kent Brodin, Sven-Erik Hilberer. 

Latest update: 2023-09-05