(un)Natural Ecologies : New Natures

Students | Kasturi Wagh and Vineet Hingorani
Faculty | Ariane Lourie Harrison, Nathan Hume, Jeffrey Anderson, Brian Ringely
School of Architecture, Graduate Architecture and Urban Design

(un)Natural Ecologies : New Natures is a project that stems from the idea that Architecture is essentially an extension of nature into the man-made.

Incubation and re-generation of ‘nature’ controlled by ‘man-made’ conditions and micro-climates is the crux of the project while also setting up a stage to exhibit the conflict between the two. The project strives to exaggerate and showcase this tension and ambiguity between the ‘natural’ and ‘man-made’. Performative systems come into play to exaggerate and build further on this concept while also generating a living lichen system in otherwise vapid conditions.

We question what constitutes nature today with respect to the Anthropocene.

“Naturalism, broadly speaking, attempts a rapprochement between society and nature through concepts such as balance and mimesis. Creating buildings that represent or integrate natural processes or represent the forms of nature illustrates this direction.” – David Gissen
The intervention is seen as a prototype that acts as a circulation and services core for the house while also creating new spaces. The cassette-like insertion is planned in a way so as to have minimum impact on the existing layout and function of the house as an exhibition gallery. At its core, the project questions the dialogue between the ‘nature’ and the ‘man-made’ while exploring the tension and ambiguity between the two.
Plastiglomerate is the material of the anthropocene – part natural and part synthetic. Blurring the boundaries between the digital and physical realm by mimesis of naturally occurring striations created by setting up repeated feedback loops between digital modeling, physical casting, 3D printing and photogrammetry techniques.
The insertion, at instances, grows on the house while at other times the house wins against it. The insertion selectively reveals itself in each gallery space but is never fully experienced by the user as a whole.
The circulation is intentionally hidden between double walls, and new viewing gallery spaces have been designed between existing floors allowing the user to experience the same house from new vantage points while moving through degrees of compressive and expansive spaces.
Scalar explorations to study the quality of material textures and striations as an architectural space. 
Scalar explorations to study the quality of material textures and striations as a wall and furniture feature.