city in a plantshell


Name: Martin Zeindl

Nationality: Austria

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-FINALIST of Manhattan Wildscraper Competition


This project investigates the potential of codividual sympoiesis as a mode of thinking overlapping ecological concepts with economics, contemporary philosophy, advanced research in computation and digital architecture. By extending Donna Haraway’s argument of “tentacular thinking” into architecture, it lays emphasis on a self-organising and sympoietic approach to architecture. 

Architecture has failed to take responsibility for maintaining a holistic symbiosis. But if there is still a minimal chance of averting the supposedly inevitable, only architecture can contribute to restoring the balance. It is about undoing what has been destroyed without destroying everything again. There are ways to create diversity without forgetting humans as the cause. Architecture can be the basic framework for what was once. A basic framework for a parasitic plant that spreads beyond the basic boundaries. This basic framework is anchored in already existing buildings and is incorporated into the new architecture to be built and provided with the necessary infrastructure.

These new organisms are not understood as a holistic architecture but arise from several parts which are self-organizing and use the space that has been freed up. A symbiosis occurs between the built environment and the expanding natural spaces.


#tentacularthinking #organism #ecosystem #restoration #greening

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