Infrastructural Archipelagoes

Posted by Neeraj on November 13, 2013 | PERMALINK


Please join us for a discussion on "Infrastructural Archipelagoes" and the launching of two new books examining the confluence of infrastructure, ecologies, and economies through the act of territorial design.

Speakers include:
Neeraj Bhatia (The Open Workshop/ InfraNet Lab/ CCA), Luis Callejas (LCLA Office / Harvard GSD), Mary Casper (Rice University / PLAT), and Brian Davis (Landscape Archipelago / Cornell University). Presentations will be followed by an open roundtable discussion moderated by Geoff Manaugh (BLDGBLOG).

Information on the books:


Pamphlet Architecture 33: Island & Atolls
Luis Callejas / LCLA Office

Format: Paperback, 80 Pages
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
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Islands and Atolls asks how architecture might critically repurpose its traditionally limited disciplinary tools in order to make a meaningful impact at a territorial scale. Functioning as a landscape architect in a country that has no infrastructure for such a profession, Callejas questions pedagogical, disciplinary, and political norms at macro levels using micro tactics. As a result, PA 33 provocatively expands devices such as repetition and aggregation beyond their limits in scenarios where sociopolitical constraints seemingly prohibit what would normally be understood as an architectural intervention.

Interviews with Geoff Manaugh and Mason White, afterword by Charles Waldheim.


The Petropolis of Tomorrow
Neeraj Bhatia & Mary Casper

Format: Hardcover, 576 Pages
Publisher: Actar / Architecture at Rice
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In recent years, Brazil has discovered vast quantities of petroleum deep within its territorial waters, inciting the construction of a series of cities along its coast and in the ocean. We could term these developments as Petropolises, or cities formed from resource extraction. The Petropolis of Tomorrow is a design and research project, originally undertaken at Rice University that examines the relationship between resource extraction and urban development in order to extract new templates for sustainable urbanism. Organized into three sections: Archipelago Urbanism, Harvesting Urbanism, and Logistical Urbanism, which consist of theoretical, technical, and photo articles as well as design proposals, The Petropolis of Tomorrow elucidates not only a vision for water-based urbanism of the floating frontier city, it also speculates on new methodologies for integrating infrastructure, landscape, urbanism and architecture within the larger spheres of economics, politics, and culture that implicate these disciplines.

Articles by: Neeraj Bhatia, Luis Callejas, Mary Casper, Felipe Correa, Brian Davis, Farès el-Dahdah, Rania Ghosn, Carola Hein, Bárbara Loureiro, Clare Lyster, Geoff Manaugh, Alida C. Metcalf, Juliana Moura, Koen Olthuis, Albert Pope, Maya Przybylski, Rafico Ruiz, Mason White, Sarah Whiting

Photo Essays by: Garth Lenz, Peter Mettler, Alex Webb

Research/ Design Team: Alex Gregor, Joshua Herzstein, Libo Li, Joanna Luo, Bomin Park, Weijia Song, Peter Stone, Laura Williams, Alex Yuen


Copies of the books will be available for purchase. 


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