The chronicle of increasing isolation of a group of artists attempting to reach the World's most remote human inhabited place, the island of Tristan da Cunha.
Meziara is a village in Northern Lebanon, where most of its residents do business in Nigeria for most of the year, before returning every summer. The suburb to an invisible city.
The extraction and export of 'Jerusalem Stone' is one of the most lucrative businesses in the Palestinian Territories, and remains highly unregulated. Everyone wants a piece of the holy land.
Souvenirs are tokens that help to perpetuate spatial narratives. Mass produced around the world, they serve as a vehicle through which power narratives are unfolded and displayed.
MEMENTO LOCI unpacks some of these strategies.
Slavutych was built to rehouse the workers of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It is made up of 13 districts, each inspired by a different Soviet city. With 86, we are building a new district based on Athens.
STOP OVER CITY
Moscow City is a decaying business district in Central Moscow. By linking it to the two largest airports in the city and giving it the status of 'international transfer zone' we would revitalize this vacant territory.
STATUES & STATUTES
VDNHk park in central Moscow is a spatial technology that serves to advance an imperialistic idea based on an old regime.
(re)appropriating (post)soviet narratives.
NATION STATE OF MIND
Nation State of Mind proposes an alternative understanding of the nation in a post-national world. What is the role of territoriality and locality in Ecumenopolis?
Mariupol is a mono-industry town in Eastern Ukraine. Its population has been shrinking since the collapse of the USSR. This is a manifesto to embrace its shrinking condition and work with it.
EXPEDITION TO ECUMENOPOLIS
Expedition to Ecumenopolis is a series of workshops that we deliver to different groups in order to collectively think about ideas evolving around contemporary urbanism in the age of hyper-globalisation.
VOCABULARY FOR ECUMENOPOLIS
In the era of Globalization and the Antropocene, we find that there are a new set of urban qualities/phenomena that take place globally. Here is a glossary that attempts to identify some of those.
‘Expedition to Ecumenopolis’ is a collective exploration of an idea that at METASITU we see central to contemporary urbanism: Ecumenopolis.
The expedition is designed to take place over the course of two to three days and is open to the general public, ranging from highschool students to business executives. The expedition proposes a deeply immersive introduction to the idea of the conceptualization of the city as one continuous global entity.
We propose to explore very different landscapes within the physical entity of the city - the iconic and the ignored, the excavated, irradiated and the pristine - that are embedded in global systems that connect them in surprising and complicated ways to our everyday lives.
The aim of the event is to spend substantial time in the selected locations and capture the discussions and ideas in short video pieces developed by the expedition participants.
Our intention is to involve different people in contemporary and global urbanism discussions by navigating different international supply chains and seeking to map the complex and contradictory realities of the present as a site of strange and extraordinary futures.
EXPEDITION TO ECUMENOPOLIS
collective exploration of the urban condition
workshop/collective thinking -- 2014/15/16