Taking place at the University of Oregon from August 11-20, the ‘Marking the Forest’ design workshop will be run by Satellite Architects for the Architectural Association as they will explore the inner workings of the forest, investigating the biodiversity of the woodland and the commodification of the tree. They will skim the surface of the politics of the forest and conceptualize this information into a design that will be realized in the forest. The workshop will be divided into research (studio and woodland lectures), experience (raft trip and mill visits), design (studio design and crits with prototype building in the workshop) and assembly (assembly in the woodland). The project will also be documented and presented as a book from AA Publications. The deadline for applications is July 28, 2012. More information after the break.
Oregon has nearly 30 million acres of forested land, covering almost half the state. The forest, thick with meaning, accommodates many agendas and interpretations. For some it is a natural refuge, a habitat for wildlife and endangered species, a place to get away from civilization – even a space of protest. When treated badly, it represents man’s skewed priorities and disregard for nature; in its pristine state, it conjures images of living off the land and of the noble savage. For others, however, the forest represents an important resource, a source of income, a versatile crop that provides material for building our homes and products that make our lives easier. The forest is all of these things.
The workshop is open to architecture and design students and professionals worldwide.All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required. After payment of fees, the AA can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop. A portfolio or CV is not required, only the online application form and payment.
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