CfP EASST/4S P049 Architecture in the New Climatic Regimen: Transforming Material Practices
Please find here our CfP for the EASST Conference in Amsterdam on Architecture
in the New Climatic Regime: Transforming Material Practices
We are looking forward to contributions that explore what kind of new material
practices and experimental tactics transform the “laboratory” of the
architect in the new climatic regime and what will be the role of models,
inscription devices and innovations.
Architecture and construction industries are still trying to come to terms
with the legacy of modernism, that led to the extensive use of carbon
intensive materials based on extractivist methods which had detrimental impact
on ecological balance and communities at a global scale. Materials have become
“matters of concern” with harmful effects on health, wellbeing and social
imbalance. Take reinforced concrete or even wood or sand - far from being
stable technical or material resources, they are highly controversial and
contested “objects of preoccupation”. The immense consequences of design
and construction practices on resource depletion in the “new climatic
regime” (Latour 2017) have become the focus of public scrutiny.
Architectural practices have felt the urgency to fundamentally rethink and
change their working methods (Braun & Kropp 2023; Yaneva 2022) relying on
novel digital tools to explore new possibilities such as experimenting with
biogenic and geogenic materials, shifting towards local and site-specific
solutions, rethinking labour cycles, etc.
In this panel, we ask: What kind of new material practices and experimental
tactics will be at stake in the “laboratory” of the architect in the new
climatic regime? How can we enable a construction based on low carbon and
carbon sequestering materials, mobilising renewable plant and earth materials
with circular life cycles? What will be the role of models (both physical and
digital), “inscription devices” and technical innovations in this process?
What will be the new role ascribed to architects and builders, if they are no
longer consumers of materials taken from the shelf, but active agents in these
cycles of material experimentation?
Latour 2017. Facing Gaia. Eight Lectures on the New Climatic Regime. London.
Braun & Kropp 2023. Building a better world? Competing promises, visions, and
imaginaries-in-the-making .... Futures 154, 103262.
Yaneva 2022. Latour for Architects. New York
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