Preservation: Architecture, Nature and Politics

Image: Mira Samonig

The Urban Studies studio “Preservation: Architecture, Nature and Politics” will conclude with a public presentation of student projects on the 12 of May at 14.00 (EEST). Preservation has achieved cultural significance as a lens through which various experts have come to imagine how a socially and environmentally sound future might look like. As an approach, preservation has been applied to disparate phenomena ranging from historic neighborhoods and natural environments to democracy and identity.

Through case studies from different parts of the world around topics such as green extractivism, simulated heritage and cultural marginalizations, students have built on the insight that preservation cannot be neatly delineated from various forms of violence and destruction. Their projects experiment with a variety of mediums, from a traditional essay to video, drawings and collages, to examine conceptualizations, debates and practices of preserving architecture and nature, and to ask the following questions: Who decides what to preserve and what to neglect? Who has the capacity to take on this responsibility? Preservation is political because, as with a fruit preserve, the act of preserving transforms the preserved object into something altogether different.

Guest critics: Ewa Effiom (Manchester School of Architecture, UK), Jonas Žukauskas (Neringa Forest Residency, Lithuania)

Students: Petra Ďurišková, Johannes Growe, Þórhildur B. Guðmundsdóttir, Janosh Heydorn, Malin Hilding, Daria Khrystych, Oleksandr Nenenko, Mathilde Olivier, Dalma Pszota, Mira Samonig, Fernanda Torres

Tutors: Maroš Krivý, Kaija-Luisa Kurik, Sean Tyler

This virtual presentation takes the form of individual presentations alongside a collaborative website launch and is open to the public.

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Posted by Keiti Kljavin