MAVERICKS, THE MULTITUDE AND THE MESA
Within the cannons of western mythology and societal practice(s), the landscape construct of the desert has been positioned as a place in which outcasts, heretics, and visionaries have been voluntarily and involuntarily displaced in order to repent, reconcile, and imagine possible worlds.
In America, since the time of its settler colonization, the desert has also been a territory of extreme cultural experimentation – consumer, technological, military, utopian, environmental… At the geological edge where the Sonoran Desert meets the Colorado Plateau, this studio will engage three subjects in search of a social, conceptual, material and systemic proposition:
(i) the Mavericks: renegade disciplinary and adjacent figures whose work and ideas have defined trajectories of design possibility within this terrain. (ii) the Multitude: cultural groups assembled and formed within the political and socio-economic landscape of actors and agents that shape the southwest. (iii) the Mesa: constructed landforms and landscape constructs that structure potential engagement with the land and its species.
A series of team-based research projects enable students to read and articulate the 'situation' surrounding specific sites / place contexts. Working across media including systems design, architecture, landscape, and emerging technologies, design proposals posit alternate occupations for the territory.
MARÍA ARQUERO DE ALARCÓN + ANA PAULA PIMENTEL WALKER**
EL HADI JAZAIRY**
Extractive Exchange proposes an architecture that engages humankind’s present consumptive behaviors and its resulting consequences by staging new methods of extraction and disassembly within the lifecycle of e-waste set within the constructed landscape of Morenci AZ. Utilizing existing forms of conveyor belts, concentrators, and leaching pits allows for the repurpose and re-assembly of these elements into “re-combinants” that atone for their deconstructive production. The interventions propose new landscapes for the collection, sorting, shredding, recycling, and visitation of e-waste. This mechanical choreography finds new fantastical worlds within the spectacular opera of the sublime.