Envisioning suburban architectural ecologies
The studio designs architectural ecologies; our clients are the entire ecosystem, the relations between human and non-human inhabitants. Such holistic approach combines buildings and landscapes. This year we are focussing on the London suburbs.
Suburbia is generally seen as an unsustainable mode of urbanism, highly reliant on car travel, with low levels of biodiversity. Yet the abundance of land is also an opportunity for food production, re-wilding and renewable energy production. This year, we will look at how low density urbanism can become ecological.
We are working from Retrosuburbia, a recently published book written by David Holmgren, one of the fathers of permaculture, which summarises his research on applying ecological principles to existing suburban development.
We challenge students to imagine what forms could suburbia take if based on permaculture principles. How could people live in a symbiotic relation with the ecosystem they are part of? What are the other possible architectural languages to that of the Do It Yourself (bricolage) quality shown in Holmgren’s book?
The projects will be “the proving grounds for remaking sustainable relations between humans and nature.” (Tsing 2015)
More info on the studio page here
More about studio leader Eric Guibert: www.ericguibert.com