By David Gissen
Advancing a brand new courting among structure and nature, Territory emphasises the simultaneous construction of architectural gadgets and the surroundings surrounding them. Conceptualised inside a framework that attracts from actual and human geographical proposal, this identify of Architectural layout examines the opportunity of an structure that actively produces its exterior, ecological stipulations. The structure the following scans and modifies atmospheres, arboreal zones, geothermal trade, magnetic fields, habitats and toxicities – allowing new and extreme geographical styles, results and sensations inside architectural and concrete adventure. Territory charts out an area, a territory, for structure past conceptualisations of context or atmosphere, understood as that reliable surroundings which pre-exists the construction of recent issues. finally, it indicates a task for structure as a method of environmental tinkering as opposed to one in every of lodging or stability with an exterior flora and fauna.
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Margaret Lowman, It’s a Jungle Up There: More Tales from the Treetops, Yale University Press (Newhaven, CT), 2006, pp 12–14. 4. David Fitzgerald and Kathleen Moore, ‘Physical mechanisms of heat and mass exchange between forests and the atmosphere’, in Nalini Nadkarni and Margaret Lowman, op cit, pp 45–7. 5. Robin Chazdan and Rebecca Montgomery, ‘Forest Structure, Canopy Architecture and Light Transmittance in Tropical Wet Forests’, Ecology 82, October 2001, p 2707. 6. Andrew Mitchell, Katherine Secoy and Tobias Jackson (eds), The Global Canopy Handbook: Techniques of Access and Study in the Forest Roof, Global Canopy Programme (Oxford), 2002, pp 35, 209.
This makes their work all the more revealing because they offer to show us how geographies have been produced in particular historical and political ways. Meanwhile, most architects and planners today, sustainable or otherwise, remain comfortably oblivious to a whole array of geographical metaphors that they nevertheless apply and reaffirm. In the more common practices these metaphors are based on imaginative and ideal abstractions of one territory from the other, concealing the conflicts of their production behind the moral robes of concepts like ‘responsible consumption’.
Guesteditor David Gissen considers the reality for architecture of toxic territories, in which the relationship of architecture with pollution needs to shift from one in which architecture is wholly regarded as a means of separation from a noxious external environment to one of interaction. TOXIC TERRITORIES 55 OMA, CCTV Tower, Beijing, 2008 top: Numerous photographs show the CCTV Tower within a polluted atmosphere. As startling as the pollution is, the contrast with the tower’s ‘late-Modernity’ is dramatic and disturbing.
Territory: Architecture Beyond Environment: Architectural Design by David Gissen