Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
B-Pro M.Arch Urban Design
critics: Marco POLETTO & Claudia PASQUERO (ecoLogicStudio)
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Artemis KARAISKOU, Antonios LALOS, & Anna SIDERI: Energy Accreted Ecologies is a design research project that investigate the notion of urbanism under the mode of renewable energy need.
Having as a test bed a very unique context at the borders of the Sahara Desert, in the Southern Tunisia, the project aimed to stimulate a new bio-urban territory by reconsidering the relationship between man, city, and nature through ecological solutions in the way we inhabit such extreme and arid environments. Algorithmic design methods and urban dynamic simulations such as the Diffusion Limited Aggregation simulation script, have been used as design tools to explore how a natural accreted processes can be employed as a design method to generate dialogues across scales(from the molecular to the territorial) unveiling the links of a fragile ecosystem’s equilibrium.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
AK, AL, & AS: Marco Poletto & Claudia Pasquero (ecoLogicStudio), Diffusion Limited Aggregation (DLA) process, sand dune formations, salt accretion, and bacteria growth.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
AK, AL, & AS: Reading: Felix Guattari, The Three Ecologies; Bruno Latour, We Have Never Been Modern; Jerely Rifkin, The Third Industrial Revolution; Frei Otto, Occupying and Connecting; Constant Nieuwenhuys, “New Babylon”; Arturo Escobar, “After nature”. Watching Edward Burtynsky, “Manufactured Landscapes.”
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
AK, AL, & AS: Marco Poletto & Claudia Pasquero [ecoLogicStudio], Plasma Studio+GroundLab, Achim Menges, Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY, Michael Hansmeyer, Kokkugia, and Ezio Blasetti.
Additional credits and links:
Special thanks to Andrea Bugli & Tommaso Casucci.