Hidden Ecologies

Master of Architecture
Semester 2, 2020

Studio leader(s)

  • Georgia Nowak

The anthropocene marks severe discontinuities; what comes after will not be like what came before. I think our job is to make the an­thropocene as short/thin as possible and to cultivate with each other in every way imaginable ep­ochs to come that can replenish refuge.

Donna Haraway

The studio is part of a broader investigation into anthropocentric landscapes (environments shaped by human re-engineering of the planet) such as those affected by climate change, corporate action, land clearing and war. This studio will focus particularly on those of corporate action (mining and extractive industries) and will interrogate the systems and forces (hidden and visible) at play and subsequently develop a proposition for potential future use. Alternate settlement typologies, marginal uses and remediation proposals for these landscapes will be developed for both near and distant futures so that these landscapes may remain a viable host for multispecies life. Digital media and film will be used as a device to communicate individual propositions culminating in the final exhibition both on campus and in the virtual realm. Students will be offered A framework to generate speculative ideas at scale and will develop skills to engage in conversation surrounding the climate crisis and its entanglement to architecture.