Geostories: Another Architecture for the Environment
ISBN: 1945150793
EAN13: 9781945150791
Language: English
Pages: 232
Edition: English
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 9.00" L x 7.00" W
Weight: 2.00 lbs.
Format: Paperback

Geostories: Another Architecture for the Environment

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Book Overview
Geostories is a manifesto on the environmental imagination presented in architectural projects that engage the planetary scale with a commitment to drawing as medium. In 12 geographic fictions, the book invites critical and speculative engagements of humanity's relations to Earth and technology. How do we make sense of the Earth at a moment in which it is presented in crisis? To live in an epoch that is shaped by extensive environmental transformations is to be confronted with risks and uncertainties at a planetary scale. Paradoxically, we remain little mobilized, in part because of our failures to comprehend the reach of a story that is both difficult to tell and hear. Geostories responds to the environmental crisis not only as a crisis of the physical environment but also as a crisis of the cultural environment -- of the systems of representation through which society relates to the complexity of environmental systems in their vast scales of time and space. The architectural drawing becomes instrumental to reckon with the cognitive and affective dissonance of climate change; between what feels like an individual concern and their planetary collective consequences. Such portraits of urban technological systems synthesize sciences and scales of knowledge on complex environmental questions, such as space debris, ocean acidification and deep-sea mining, soil erosion, air pollution, freshwater shortage, energy transition, and a host of other chronic social-ecological issues. The projects also inscribe new markings on the Earth, which, rather than the business-as-usual solutions to make such undesired matter disappear from public life, bring forth some of the system's attributes as generators of a renewed civic design.