Exhibit during Woltz symposium on “adaptive infrastructure”.
The exhibit showcases the first four weeks of the New Orleans studio work, focusing on comprehensive and analytical models as a basis for a critical cultural reading of the place.
- What PARADOXES are implied?
- Which concepts of modernity can be addressed?
The Mississippi Delta is a dynamic shifting landscape. The geological formation the city is based on, is only a few thousand years old. Within this shifting deltaic fan New Orleans resembles a highly installed and maintained isle flotant; a drainage basin- essentially a crooked polder. Manifold high-tech, high-carbon and high-maintenance infrastructural systems are in place to sustain the cities threatened existence. The studio explores the immanent processes of both systems; the transforming urbanized landscape and the dynamic deltaic environment. The studio seeks for strategies of adaptation to a transforming environment. The paradigm of order and control over nature is questioned in favor of strategies that respect, modify and engage natural processes at work.