Image - Frozen Relic: Arctic Dissent by ScanLAB
CLIMATE OF DISSENT was a design competition that asked architects to design like activists.
It began as a response to the immense issue of global warming, with a charge that architecture must do more to address this crisis. Drawing inspiration from political and cultural dissent unfolding in our country and around the world, the competition sought to blend architectural design with action design, encouraging architectural thinkers to use their unique spatial and organizational skills to dream up an act of protest that addressed climate change. No sites, no budget and no timelines were given as parameters - participants built their action designs from the ground up, referencing the creative tactics of the competition’s activist partners.
With participants from 15 countries, the responses were vast and varied. The jury, consisting of creative activists, architects and educators, chose three speculative prizes and one practical prize which will be developed and implemented as a realized action.
From marches and blockades to festivals and new religions, we hope the results of this contest serve in some way to push for solutions to the crises of our world, blending architectural design, activism and all other disciplines that strive for social and environmental justice.
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Submissions that are poignant, bombastic, provocative and imaginative
FROZEN RELIC: ARCTIC DISSENT
Frozen Relic is a memory. A set of replica ice floes.
Delivered to the front door of London's worst polluters
Image - ScanLAB
Frozen Relic is a replica of a lost landscape. In 2013 working with Greenpeace and Cambridge University aboard the Icebreaker ‘The Arctic Sunrise’ ScanLAB documented a series of ice floes in the Fram Strait, North West of Svalbard, Norway using millimetre perfect 3D scanning technology. During the course of two expeditions to the Arctic the team captured a total of 26 floes in forensic detail, mapping their surfaces precisely, analysing core samples of the ice and tracing their drift through the ice pack.
Frozen Relic temporarily recreates this landscape in its natural material - frozen salt water. Each piece is a digitally fabricated scale replica of the original ice floe which was 3D scanned from above and documented using underwater sonar from below. The completed digital survey model is used to guide a CNC machine which carves
the moulds in which each replica is cast. Each cast (approximately 5-10 tons) is delivered to the front door, entrance and lobby space of the chosen target and left to melt. The ensuing chaos from the blockage, melt water and removal is a reminder that now is the time for hard truths about the choices we must make. Change in our polar regions is something few of us bear witness to, these remote landscapes are undergoing significant change, leaving our current lifestyle choices as they are will only accelerate their loss.
Image - ScanLAB
Designed to be actioned over 10 key sites, we are proposing a sustained and repeated message. Each floe is designed, fabricated and delivered to impose maximum inconvenience. The 3D data we have collected will be selected and scaled to 1:10 and this information is fed via CNC control to chilled robotic milling facility.
The project began as an expedition to the Fram Strait, North West of Svalbard, Norway to capture in forensic detail the 3D form of Arctic Sea Ice. Photos from the expedition can be viewed below. Read more here.
Following the Climate Impact Tour expeditions to the Fram Strait we were commissioned to produce an exhibition at the Architectural Association Gallery, London. Photos from the exhibition can be seen here.
ECO-SHELTERSCAPE of FISHERY
The 2nd Speculative Prize goes to an architectural submission that impressed the jurors with its targeted research and solutions-based response to the prompt. By tapping into fishing practices, the proposed design can become a site for advocating for, learning about, and implementing sustainable practices.
Images - Huang YI
Karan Daisaria , Abhishek Rajgor , Ameya Kaulaskar
Image - Daisaria Associates
Mumbai loses over 10,000 trees every year due to infrastructural development. The concerned authorities are lured by the lust of a developing economy, thereby turning a blind eye to the current ecology of the city. This leads to massive in-city deforestation, intern leading to rising urban temperatures and disturbed ecosystems. The spiritual TREEVOTEES that come from various walks of life,caste and creed have challenged the governing authorities by protesting in the path of the new upcoming metro line in the green lung of the city “Aarey colony” that has already cut 2000 trees for it’s commencement. As a country, India has often been touted to be a secular yet religiously passionate state. The project aims at using this passion of religion to safeguard nature. Historically, India has seen many protests in the name of religion. Religion has often also been a political propoganda with the universal intention of “divide and rule” .
Image - Daisaria Associates
A single submission that is realistic, achievable and thoroughly planned
Image - ORLI+
We are excited to announced the Practical Disruption prize goes to:
EXPEDITION: BARRIER FREE ROCKWAY
ORLI+ will be planning, organizing and implementing their designed action with the help of studioBLEAK and the competition partners. More developments to come!
Aimee Groundwater, Mark Romei
Images - Aimee Groundwater
Ecosumption is a satirical pop up store aimed at unveiling the hypocrisy of emphasising individualised consumption as the solution to climate change.
The store appropriates the language of our current capitalist context to start this conversation from a place of familiarity. From here, the satirical changes encounted within the project encourage a greater understanding of the limitations of green consumerism as an avenue for change in order to change conversations towards collective solutions.
Image - Aimee Groundwater
THE HIDDEN RIOT
Edmund Hong Xiang Tan
Bartlett School of Architecture
Images - Edmund Tan
The web has the widest reach in our post-digitalage.
Using the tangible riot as a disguise (Trojan Horse)
The real riot happens inside the intangible realm.
Transforming the way of how we used to protest in our era. Although rioting on land is still feasible, The Hidden Riot shows the potentiality of rioting in the web. Connecting people together as a whole. Now, riot can be happen anywhere, anytime as long as you are connected!
Image - Edmund Tan
THE YES MEN