• The Last Wilderness

    Jonas BRAOUDÉ, The Last Wilderness.
    paris FRANCE

    Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture
    critic : Ricardo de Ostos

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project:

    Jonas BRAOUDÉ: Today most of us are aware of human impacts on our planet. Despite the efforts of environmentalists one question still remains: Are we the last witnesses of the last wilderness?

    The project takes place in a global deforestation issues. It focused on the emergence of a significant threat to the mangrove coastal forests in Madagascar: the shrimp farming industry.

    While industry traditionally opposed Nature in competition for space, the project seeks to develop alternative marine aquaculture areas where each one could expand, based on guided growth technologies and symbiotic approaches.

    The proposition is a pneumatic prothesis designed to support and hack the growth of the natural mangrove « aerial » roots. Giving local fishermen basic instructions, the forest itself literally becomes the main fishing facilities allowing them to collect shrimps, little fishes and oysters. A set of wild processes actually collaborates in order to generate proper spaces of aquaculture (protected from direct sunlight), spaces of circulations, zones of storage and places to rest upon the roots.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    JB: Wild Nature, Koert Van Mensvoort, Magnus Larsson, François Roche.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    JB: Reading Makers by Cory Doctorow; listening to Joy Division.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    JB: Ricardo de Ostos, Liam Young, Theodore Spyropoulos, and Kibwe Tavares.

    Additional credits and links:
    Thanks to French researchers from CNRS for the technical support.

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