The Ohio State University, Knowlton School of Architecture
critic: lisa TILDER
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
megan danielle DIXON: As multiple coastal cities anticipate the future impact of rising sea levels, many seek to continue technological interventions as if to reverse the role these cities have had on climate change. Various strategies of migration, replacement and protection, or “riding it out” have been proposed for the imminent sea level rise. In relation to these concerns, Next Nature suggests a new strategy of “Evolution.”
“Evolve” advocates building to a continuous trend, allowing natural decay with anticipation of imminent destruction. This installation piece anticipates a full inundation of rising sea level expressed through a gradual material decay of the skin into a skeletal ruin. In relation to the rate of inundation, performance of the installation is controlled through a series of programmatic devolution coinciding with the state of the biodegradable polymer material which will ultimately dissolve leaving the steel skeleton as the permanent ruin. Next Nature cannot measure its impact only on humanity’s relationship to nature as we know it, but to nature as it evolves without us.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
mdD: A visit to the Rising Currents exhibition at MoMA followed by a Paul Lewis Lecture presenting LTL’s submission for that exhibition. Images of decaying animals in the desert. François Roche.
What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
mdD: Slavoj Žižek, Eliel Saarinen, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: all equal in cynicism.
Whose work is currently on your radar?
mdD: Miguel Fisac, Robert Venturi, Christopher Nolan.
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Produced in an options studio led by Lisa Tilder, The Ohio State University, Knowlton School of Architecture.