Drawing Out Natures
HOW COULD ANIMALS AND ARCHITECTS CO-DESIGN? by Ignacio Farías
This presentation offers a story of collective experimenting and learning based on a question: what if we sought to relearn how to practice architecture from animals? By exploring this question and by telling this story, Ignacio Farias aims at circumventing two conventional gestures: helping out animals survive in our contemporary urban environments or treating animals as ‘food for thought’ about architectural practice. Following STS (Science and Technology Studies) and environmental humanities multispecies concerns, Farias approaches urban animals as epistemic partners for rethinking architectural practice, thus engaging their capacities in attempts at designing with (rather than ‘for’ or ‘from’) them.
Ignacio Farias is Professor of Urban Anthropology at Humboldt University in Berlin. His research interests concern current ecological and infrastructural transformations of cities and the associated epistemo-political challenges to the democratization of city-making. His most recent work explores the politics of environmental disruptions, from tsunamis over heat to noise. He is also interested in doing urban ethnography as a mode of city making performed with others (designers, initiatives, concerned groups, policy makers) and by other means (moving from textual to material productions).