While the radical ‘stop building’ term is an idealistic notion, it prompts essential questions about the necessity and conditions of contemporary construction. Shifting production closer to the point of use presents a massive potential for improvement and envisions an architecture crafted from locally sourced materials that reflect the environment in which we live.
Quantitative methods, such as Life Cycle Assessments (LCA), remain essential for evaluating the impacts of construction materials, but they fall short in providing tangible measures and neglect nuanced considerations of empathy, compassion, and interdependency between humans and non-humans (Fitz et al., 2019). Conversely, the field of architecture holds the potential to convey these nature-sensible aspects. Therefore, the research will involve extraction site visits, interdisciplinary collaborations, visual materials, and physical artifacts, which will come together in two exhibitions focusing on:
1. Existing extraction sites and shortcomings in current evaluation methods, providing tangible embodiments of the building industry’s consequences.
2. Nature-sensible architectures that account for the landscapes influenced by human activities as well as explorations of an aesthetic of associations, linking the architecture with its environment.
The investigations do not necessarily label one approach as good or bad but aim to explore paradoxes and understand why they might be challenging to address in existing practices. The project’s goal is to reanimate Danish contemporary architecture by highlighting overlooked issues and devising new nature-sensible processes that reflect our still-changing notions of nature.
We believe that if the Danish building industry develops ambitiously in this direction, requirements for new building and innovation practices might be ignited. Consequently, a heightened awareness might emerge, extending its impact well beyond Danish borders.
- Lotte M. Bjerregaard Jensen
- Carolina Dayer
- Søren Nielsen