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TreeHugger CY

Davidova, Marie and Prokop, Simon 2018. TreeHugger CY. [eCAADe RIS 2018 - Prototype]. Nicosia, Cypris , 24 – 25 May 2018.

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The site specific artifact, TreeHugger CY, will be referenced to presented paper with the same name without location, offering hands on experience of prototyping and placing into public space the responsive wood insect hotel, TreeHugger. This eco-systemic ‘prototypical urban intervention’ (Davidová, 2004; Doherty, 2005) would preferably take place at one of the trees in The United Nations Buffer Zone in Nicosia. The very difficult political-urban situation gave birth to rich bio-topes on a bio-corridor within the, otherwise very anthropocentric, city centre of Nicosia, Cyprus. The research addresses the landscape ecologists’ discussion that our agricultural land has become so toxic (i.e. use of pests) that many species, that had adapted to them hundreds years ago, are recently adapting for the life in the cities. Nearly 80% of flying insects in biomass have disappeared since eighties/nineties in Western Europe from our landscape (Vogel, 2017). In similar percentage follows the decrease of birds that eats them (Czech Ornithologists Association, 2016). As architectural researchers addressing such data, we claim that we need to adapt our anthropocentrically evolved cities for the co-living situation with other species across the communities. For high speed visual complexity communication, in this case analogue, process-based diagramming, so called ‘GIGA-Mapping’ (Davidová, 2014; Sevaldson, 2011, 2013, 2015), will be used. A QR code with a link to Grasshopper code and explanation will be engraved into the prototype for the local communities to DIY across the borders and the process GIGA-Map will be exhibited for learning and interaction. Since it is difficult for humans to cross, they might interact through generating exchangeable habitats of other species. Through questioning the transitions across the (eco-)systemic boundaries, we propose to question the political, when considering humans taking part of, also the eco-systemic, struggles from the bottom up!

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
S Agriculture > SF Animal culture
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
T Technology > TS Manufactures
T Technology > TT Handicrafts Arts and crafts
Uncontrolled Keywords: systemic approach to architectural performance; TreeHugger; colridor; responsive wood; cross-species co-living; gigamapping; diy
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