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Architectural narratives in the anthropocene age: The contemporary ecological condition as design praxis

Katsanevakis Evangelos

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Year 2023
Type of Item Diploma Thesis Project
Bibliographic Citation Evangelos Katsanevakis, "Architectural narratives in the anthropocene age: The contemporary ecological condition as design praxis", Diploma Thesis Project, School of Architecture, Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece, 2023
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This thesis examines the role of architecture in the contemporary ecological context, studying qualities interwoven with the Anthropocene narrative. A path of analysis is traversed, using Anthropocene theory as a starting point, in order to highlight contemporary geological degradation while relating it to the human factor. Neo-materialist approaches to the Anthropocene and contemporary ecology constitute the theoretical background of the work, developing considerations of place, the social question and the human-non-human relationship. The first section analyses key points of contemporary ecology, which raise questions about the multiplicity of entities and their relations in the geological present. Focusing on the work of the French philosopher Bruno Latour, it examines narratives of the mythological existence of nature, highlights the correlations between artificial and natural environments, and analyses the term society-social as he expressed it, questioning both the primacy of the term human and the term nature. This course attempts to redefine major unifying categories, laying the foundations for new ways of inhabiting the land, developing ecological thought and practice beyond human exceptionalism, and pursuing an inclusive character in the compositional process. The second section focuses on the role of architecture in our contemporary geological present. How do the factors that compose any landscape reshape it over time into an autonomous ecosystem capable of incorporating change and redefining itself? International planning practices and strategies that include both biotic and abiotic systems will be analyzed, highlighting the multiplicity of each landscape. Large-scale interventions, in which the need to design for the conditions of the smaller 'cosmos' that make up the macro-scale is observed. In contrast to organised boundary design, the proposals to be examined are oriented towards the design of conditions and the emergence of interrelationships between the entities that make up a potentially shifting landscape.

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