Post-Anthropocene Manifestation in Public Domain

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Facing numerous radical changes in the political and climate matters of the global society, the alteration and continuous manufacturing of the built environment are currently positioned at the threshold between Anthropocenic and post-Anthropocenic ideologies. As the disentanglement of geo-and-eco-political context from the built forms is no longer a valid option, a series of architectural infrastructures in the public domain grows to bear the responsibility to embody, curate, and speak for the post-Anthropocenic imaginary. In this post-industrial approach to subvert the traditionally energy-heavy and ecologically devastating building activities, it values the embedded history and the interplay of resources involved in the progression of the built environment. It also denies the linear conceptualization of production and consumption by celebrating a reciprocal relationship between the context and design proposals, either of which plays a tremendous role in affecting the other. The compilation of works demonstrated in this book particularly addresses the social and cultural milieu in relation to the era's shifting focus on sustainability, virtuality, and mentality that are regulated and evoked by Anthropocenic consequences. At the same time, taking consideration of the post-Anthropocenic ideals, the research and design proposals possess the ability to alter cultural, social, and political discourses, as well as to redirect changing social actions through spatial configuration in the public domain. Two major groups of such proposals are introduced in the book. While one set of strategies is a direct physical response to urgent social issues, the other amorphous set addresses issues through the less direct yet similarly potent curation of social relationships. Finally, the book concludes with the politics of multi-dimensional cultural institutions that serve as democratic media through which the post-Anthropocenic ideals could be heard and seen to archive urban memories, shape common agreements, provoke dialogues, and catalyze spatial development reflecting the nonnegligible Anthropocenic urgencies in the present age.

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Anderson, Sean

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Chi, Lily

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M.S., Architecture

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Master of Science

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