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Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape, and the Postnatural

Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape, and the Postnatural

Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape, and the Postnatural is a symposium and concurrent exhibition that situates contemporary discourses and practices of architecture and landscape within the context of the Postnatural; the era of climate change, the Anthropocene, and altered ecologies. The project asks: In a time when humans have been fundamentally displaced from their presumed place of privilege, philosophically as well as experientially, should the disciplines of architecture and landscape architecture consider displacing themselves as well, in order to establish new affiliations and avail new ways to approach contemporary questions of design in relation to the environment?

By bringing designers and scholars from these fields together the symposium and exhibition will highlight projects and ideas that are engaged with these issues from a variety of perspectives, ranging from scale and experience to questions of matter. Participants will present research and work that use tactics of mediation to understand, imagine, interrupt, and invent artifacts that exist at the large spatial and slow temporal scale of the Anthropocene.

Ambiguous Territory will present design ideas and proposals from architects, artists, and landscape architects whose work challenges their disciplinary boundaries and long-held anthropocentric orientation and redefines the relationship between built and natural environments in an era of ecological anxiety.

Key Dates:

Ambiguous Territory Symposium
October 5th – 6th 2017
University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Free and open to the public

Ambiguous Territory Exhibition 
September 27th – October 18th 2017
University of Michigan Taubman College Gallery

December 2018 – January 2019
Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York

Contact:

Kathy Velikov, Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, kvelikov@umich.edu

This project is generously sponsored by the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning as well as the University of Michigan Office of Research.