suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
masha PEKUROVSKY: “EcoNET: Project_4 Incorporated” is a design thesis and research project produced during my time as M.Sc.Arch student at Pratt-GAUD. This thesis explores the changes that architecture might undergo in order to be both transformed and built-out into an antidote to the egregiously damaging environmental practices of large utility companies and the insidious pockets of civic planning that allow them.
In ways more than one, EcoNET is contemplating the near-future of altered nature in light of ecological endangerment and technological advancements. While this may seem a stretch to architecture’s role as neutral vs savior, the project asks specific questions to architecture’s ability to be: a platform, a monitor, a remediator, an interface, a harvester, a partner and so on. The project proposes a phased process of detection, generative construction, monitoring, processing, remediating and other functions to re-establish the ecological equilibrium.
As a disciplinary project, it explores the ways in which architects can script an eco-responsive behavioral system that lay the seed for architectural decision making, organization logics and even morphogenetic growth and differentiation.
More about EcoNET: Project_4 Incorporated @ www.cargocollective.com/project4
sP: What or who influenced this project?:
mP: As an academic project this work was influenced by studio culture and curriculum of Pratt-GAUD. I am thankful for receiving much support and guidance from Studio Advisor Jason Vigneri-Beane (Split Studio). The digital methodology was inspired by a Processing class I took with Roland Snooks (Kokkugia) during the Design Thesis Research phase. Maria Aiolova (TerreformOne) has provided me with invaluable presentation-related feedback.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?:
mP: Top reading favorites for this project were: Next Nature: Nature Changing Along with Us, Neoplasmatic Design, and In the Trenches with Modo. Additional materials and TED talks are gathered in the Precedents and Inspiration Log.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?:
mP: Coming from a traditional architectural background I am currently interested in projects that bridge across disciplines and challenge the understanding of what architectural design is. Recently I have been following the work and research by TerreformOne, Rachel Armstrong, Neri Oxman, Skylar Tibbits, Amon Tobin, Joanie Lemercier (AntiVJ).