The large-scale transformation of the countryside by the forces of global economy is ongoing. Power plants, communication lines, industrial agriculture facilities are being placed on the chessboard in accordance with the global capital flows, ignoring the local landscape and community. Artificial, man-made borders cut ecosystems and families in half; efficiency-led thinking embraces endless fields planted with a single culture despite the growing food miles. What can a planner make out of this seemingly inevitable transformation? What can a community do to advocate its rights? And what awaits the land under the new, global land-uses?
MODERATOR: Romea Muryń (Editor in Chief), CANactions School Program Director, is an architect, urban planner, researcher and educator. She was an adjunct Professor at INDA International Program in Design and Architecture, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Her work was representing Ukraine at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. She is a co-founder of the studio Locument.
SPEAKERS: Anne M. Schneider is an American/Canadian architect, writer, and researcher based in Rotterdam. She holds a Masters of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and works as a contributor to AMO. A version of this work appears in "Countryside, the Future" at the Solomon R. Guggenheim and its accompanying book, Countryside, A Report.
Levke Maria Danker is an architect and critical thinker based in Copenhagen, Denmark and has been working in the field of sustainable urban planning for the office Everyday Studio since January 2020. Levke graduated with a master degree in „Political Architecture and Critical Sustainability" from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 2018. In autumn 2019 she was invited as a representative of the design collective ByWorks to speak at the UN Sustainability conference in UN City, Copenhagen, about the relationship of arts, architecture and social sustainability.
Tadeáš Říha is an architect and a writer, graduate of the Faculty of Architecture at the Delft University of Technology and the Czech Technical University in Prague. He is one of the authors of Weak Monument, Estonian pavilion at the XVII Venice Architecture Biennale and one of the editors of the Weak Monument publication, published by Parks Books in 2018. He is a co-author of Steel Cities, The Architecture of Logistics in Central and Eastern Europe, published in 2020 by Park Books and VI PER Gallery Prague. He currently lives in London where he works for 6a architects on cultural projects in the UK and in Europe.
Yann Junod is an architect and urban designer from Switzerland. Yann is currently working as a project manager in an architectural practice in Zurich, and as a teaching assistant at the EPF Lausanne. Yann is a co-founder of Luftschloss Collective, an experimental interdisciplinary design collective operating in the space between urbanism, architecture, design and social sciences.
Bojana Papić is an architect, urban designer and researcher from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bojana is currently employed as a scientific collaborator, academic and project coordinator at Prof. Hubert Klumpner's Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, ETH Zurich. Bojana is a co-founder of Luftschloss Collective, an experimental interdisciplinary design collective operating in the space between urbanism, architecture, design and social sciences.
* 2018 Bales of alfalfa hay awaiting shipment in Imperial Valley. Photo by Anne M. Schneider.
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