Earth’s anthropocentric event layer spans over 2000 meters in depth. This includes the architectural, industrial, and infrastructural interventions made by humans. The vast majority of human activity only takes places within a small fraction of this depth. That activity has today impacted over 85% of the Earth's surface. Architecture accounts for a small proportion of direct impact, predominately in the form of habitation and occupation. Creating and sustaining our built environment , however, indirectly accounts for half of that impact. From the extraction of raw materials and energy, to the reconstruction of it’s formal composition, our build environment has become a geological scale surface reformation project.
Through a series of connected assignments and architectural propositions, this studio will examine the built environment’s formal and performative relationship with Earth’s surface. This examination will be divided into two methodological typologies : procedural & effective.
Instructor: Michael Leighton Beaman