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Monthly Review #6

Cooking Sections Explains Their Efforts to Adapt to Changing Ecosystems Through Food and Architecture | Archinect | October 4, 2018

At low tide, a cluster of cages emerge from beneath the recessing waters of Loch Portree. The emptying water gives way to a rocky floor, and with the addition of cushions, the familiar infrastructure of oyster farming in aquaculture is elevated beyond a site for collection to a site of exchange. Facilitating this transformation are Alon Schwabe and Daniel Fernández Pascual of the London-based studio Cooking Sections, who have created this lightweight architectural installation to examine the changing nature of these waters due to historical forms of aquaculture, and to reimagine their potential future. At the installation, the duo leads a series of performative tastings showcasing the preparation of various bivalves and seaweeds to a group of Scottish locals from the Island of Skye. CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones is both performance project and a form of responsive eating—a model Schwabe and Fernández have developed as a possible method for adaptation to the precarious conditions of climate change.

For a new perspective on plants | Laura Drouet & Olivier Lacrouts | Domus | November 30, 2018

The Italian neurobiologist and author Stefano Mancuso talks about “The Nation of Plants”, the exhibition that he will present on the occasion of the XXII edition of the Triennale di Milano, in 2019. Stephano Mancuso's research focuses on the intelligence of the vegetal world and the exhibition will attempt to show how much humans could gain from the understanding of plants, both from a design and a societal perspective.

Helsinki’s Poetic New Central Library Is a Public Space for the Digital Age | By George Kafka | Metropolis | December 11, 2018

This article presents the new Helsinki Central Library, nicknamed Oodi and designed by ALA Architects, which provides democratic and technologically advanced facilities for learning, making, playing and reading in the aftermath of the upheaval in Western reading and socialization habits, particularly as digital practices have become part of our daily lives.

Out of this world: the space-age designs of Galina Balashova | By Sally McGrane | Kvadrat Interwoven

How to design a space without gravity, without orientation? These are the questions to which Galina Balashova has provided answers through her work, applying for instance a color coding to her capsules to replace the earth’s gravity. This forgotten architect of the Soviet space program, was the only woman worldwide who designed the interior of the first space ships. Her futuristic vision was belatedly recognized even though she was a pioneer in the design of a space... in space.

“Design as Learning” | Margaret McCurry Lectureship in the Design Arts | by Jan Boelen | Harvard School of Design | November 7, 2018

Why do design? What is it for? These are forward-looking questions for a creative discipline that seems more slippery to define than ever. In a world of dwindling natural resources, exhausted social and political systems, and an overload of information there are many urgent reasons to reimagine the design discipline, and there is a growing need to look at design education. Learning and unlearning should become part of an on-going educational practice. We need new proposals for how to organize society, how to structure our governments, how to live with, not against, the planet, how to sift fact from fiction, how to relate to each other, and frankly, how to simply survive. This lecture Design as Learning asks: can design and design education provide these critical ideas and strategies?