“And then when I went to Chicago, that’s when I had these outer space experiences and went to the other planets”
Anne Dessing, Douglas A. Garofalo Fellowship ’18-’19 @ University Illinois
The term #border is very prominent and critical in today's vocabulary, how does your research relate to our contemporary condition?
Last year I met the professors Anurada Matur and Dilip Dacunha. I’m very intrigued by their way of thinking. After the floods of 1993 in the USA, they began studying the Lower Mississippi. In their book “Mississippi Floods – Designing a Shifting Landscape” they question the act of drawing two lines on a map to demarcate a river. According to them, this anthropocentric approach reduces a natural phenomenon, shaped by its own natural processes, to an engineered and uncontrollable system of levees and locks. They denounce this artificial land-water divide and contrasting its physical elusiveness to human efforts to falsely frame and physically confine it as a river. They argue we have to start designing for what they call an unpredictable state of ‘ubiquitous wetness’.
In many ways we can use this research as an analogy for a welcome shift in the way we understand (national) architectural borders today. Precisely by questioning the concept of borders, and understanding them as human constructs, we can perhaps break through the current critical condition? #art #architecture #koozarch #artitecture