Research project for After Abundance - Austrian Contribution to London Design Biennal 2018
In a time of after abundance, the frequent extreme weather conditions are challenging the durability of houses, especially in small rural villages. Disruptions occur in supply-chain-made, imported materials used in the construction industry, forcing people to protect or repair their houses with local resources, little energy and minimal costs. When they reach a point wherethey can’t fix anymore they revive a traditional building method. Using clay, they start building dwellings that can easily be recycled, rebuilt and dissolved if wanted. Each clay construction method has different characteristics which form houses durable for different weather conditions. Social contracts are signed between residents of houses with different construction techniques. The aim is to ensure that every house has a partner, in which the residents could move into temporarily if their house is damaged.
Thus a cultural shift occurred in the way people live. “Home” became a flexible notion, something elastic, something that could be shared within a local community, something that could be recycled and rebuilt easily. Home became a way of liquid living rather than a physical building that is hoped to last.
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together with Anna Neumerkel, Lei Fei, Laura Hoek
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