Miriam Eugenie Unsgaard

103.000 km2 of Coastline - An architectural footnote

Graduation June 2017

As nature is defined as everything not human, and architecture is the product of humans, a conflict appears when talking about today’s approach to an ecological and green architecture.


Miriam Eugenie Unsgaard. Email: miriam_eugenie@hotmail.com. Tel: +45 53 83 50 42.

Architectural initiatives, with sustainable agendas, have often been reduced to quantifiable data of resources and carbon footprints – an act of greenwashing the process of building. It has been shown that to build will inevitably interfere and disturb nature. So, would it not be better not to build at all?

Nature, in its traditional sense, is also a somewhat obsolete term, as many scientists claim that we have stepped into a new ‘anthropozoic era’. The Anthropocene refers to the contemporary geological epoch in which humans have become the dominant geologic force altering the planet – everything is human made or affected by humans.

With this, the line between nature and architecture becomes even more blurred. Maybe it is time to realize that what we build will always interrupt, and already has. This provokes the question; what are the qualities of built nature?