Sensing Urban Matter
Architektūros fondas participates in the Future Architecture Platform programme Landscapes of Care by engaging with practitioners of experimental spatial practice and art with research on variety of environmental technologies and explore the relations between cities, landscapes and information flows.
Architektūros fondas participates in the Future Architecture Platform programme Landscapes of Care by engaging with practitioners of experimental spatial practice and art with research on variety of environmental technologies and explore the relations between cities, landscapes and information flows. The project “Sensing Urban Matter” aims to present different creative approaches to urban space and its materiality and how it is connected to wider ecosystems and global networks of logistics, through which matter, raw resources and data circulate.
The idea of a smart city propels the evolution of these networks by turning urban objects and materials into digital data. However, according to media scholar Shannon Mattern, urban spaces have combined analogue and digital spheres, “dirt and data, ether and ore”, in a smart way since ancient times. Departing from the tension between urban locality and global networks, the pre-digital smartness of the city and its materials, Sensing Urban Matter aims to research new perspectives on the relationship between urban development and natural systems, exploring urban spaces through their material and ecological histories and the information exchanges they enable beyond the algorithmic, corporate technology-based smart space. How could the circulation of urban materials be reimagined in a truly “smart” way? How can we know cities and their histories anew, following the development of their material and technical systems? What are the possible alternative systems of exchange between matter and information? The potentials of spatial practices in a wider sense that map, reverse, redirect or remediate these relations lie within imagining ways of healing and living in compromised ecosystems, responding to the ways toxicity emerges and travels in the living environment.
In 2021, Architektūros fondas has invited seven collectives (10 creatives) from the Future Architecture Platform to develop and present their ideas in a few different formats: podcast and radio conversations, publication as well as engagements with local urban sites in Lithuania.
Between May - June, 2021, a series of podcast conversations in English will be hosted on Architektūros fondas podcast platform Aikštėje.lt. These podcast conversations will bring Future Architecture Platform fellows Rosa Whiteley, Nico Alexandroff, furii studio, Hanna Husberg and Agata Marzecova, Ivana Kralikova, Austin Wade Smith and Studio Pararaum together in dialogue with local initiatives, activists and researchers in Lithuania. This conversation material will later be presented in Lithuanian language on Lithuanian National Radio programme “Homo Cultus”. The majority of the podcast participants will later be invited to contribute their research to Architektūros fondas publication in a form of visual or discursive essay. Ivana Kralikova is invited also to contribute in developing remotely an exploration of urban soil ecosystems in Kaunas, Lithuania, whereas Hanna Husberg and Agata Marzecova will work with an interdisciplinary group of architecture and urban studies students in a form of an online workshop that will explore and engage with field research on local urban atmospheric infrastructures. The publication and results of fieldwork with Ivana Kralikova and Hanna Husberg and Agata Marzecova will be presented in Fall 2021.
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Urban Forestry Practices Constructing More-than-Human Commons
Urban forestry as a care practice that, by recirculating tree maintenance materials, could create diverse interactions within the city.
Future City Earth Systems
An artist-led project that explores earth as a phenomenon positioned in the neoenvironment.
Haunted House explores environmental attendance and ecological kinship through a detournement of the smart home.
‘Weird Assemblages’ explores groups of species and elements that form resilient relationships in the spaces of residue of our infrastructural systems— in the space between the alive and the animate, cohabiting amongst the dangerous, the dead, or the toxic.
Rock Skin: Don’t forget the mountain
Through the lens of care, this ongoing design research seeks to reconnect building (material consumption) with the mountain (natural resources) by creating moments of ecological memory.
Evidencing and acting on the climate emergency via the index of Greenland’s ice.