Resolution on Antarctica / Biennale Architettura 2021
Giulia Foscari / UNLESS launched Antarctic Resolution, a multidisciplinary project co-authored by the world’s leading Antarctic experts, including five academics from the University of Canterbury, at the Biennale Architettura 2021.
Representing around 10% of the land mass of planet Earth, Antarctica – first theorized by the ancient Greeks but only “ discovered ” after the Industrial Revolution – is a global common good that we collectively overlook. Far from being a pristine natural landscape, the continent is a contested territory that conceals not only resources that could prove to be irresistible in a world of ever-growing population, but also crucial scientific data to inform future environmental policies.
The kilometer-thick layer of ice that has accumulated on its bedrock over millions of years, equivalent to about 70% of our planet’s fresh water, is both an essential resource for survival. human and the greatest threat to global coastal settlements threatened by sea level rise induced by anthropogenic global warming.
On the eve of the 200th anniversary of the first recorded sighting of Antarctica, Giulia Foscari / UNLESS invited more than 200 specialists from the fields of architecture, biology, chemistry, climate sciences, engineering, geography, history, law, literature, logistics , medicine, physics, political science, sociology, technology and the visual arts to join a collective effort to produce the first body of holistic research on the continent and to unveil the complexity of natural and political forces hidden in 26 quadrillion tonnes of ice.
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha contributors | The University of Canterbury includes:
Antarctic Resolution advocates the rejection of the pixelated view of Antarctica offered to us by big data companies and urges the construction of a high-resolution image centered on the continent’s unique geography, unparalleled scientific potential, contemporary geopolitical importance , the experimental governance system and the mock extreme habitat.
Aspiring to disseminate knowledge about the continent and the Southern Ocean that surrounds it, to bring about change and, ultimately, to mobilize future generations to undertake a true Antarctic resolution, the research reveals the complex web of interests growing economic and strategic issues, international tensions and rivalries. deliberately shrouded in total darkness, as the continent is six months a year.
The result of this collaborative effort, Antarctic Resolution, is presented for the first time at “How Are We Going to Live Together?”, The 17th International Architecture Exhibition curated by Hashim Sarkis, Dean of the School of Architecture and planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Exhibited in the central pavilion of the Giardini della Biennale, the research – which is a prelude to a publication edited by Giulia Foscari / UNLESS to be released for the occasion – is presented alongside the symbolic Heroic Age snow goggles worn by Captain Scott while ‘he was carrying men. across Antarctica and the pioneering Antarctic suit designed by D-Air Lab in collaboration with UNLESS as a portable environment that enables survival in the hostile White Desert.
The collective call to action is amplified, within the exhibition, by the alarming soundscape produced by Arcangelo Sassolino 250 times per second, a performative installation informed by scientific data provided by David Vaughan (chief glaciologist of the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration), which strongly denounces the accelerated thinning of the cryosphere and the rise in global sea level.
Learning from the cooperative spirit of Antarctica, built on total dependence on one another for survival, with Antarctic Resolution UNLESS aspires to launch a platform, an agency for change, in which planetary citizens can stand. engage in a coordinated and unanimous effort – independent of the nation – to shape the future of Antarctica and, in turn, of our planet.
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About the publication of the resolution on Antarctica
Antarctic Resolution is the first Antarctic publication that attempts to provide a high-resolution, multidisciplinary picture of our southernmost continent. Edited by Giulia Foscari / UNLESS and co-authored by 150 leading polar experts, the volume presents collective research in the form of written texts, photographic essays and data-driven visual portfolios. Organized into three main sections – focusing on geopolitics, science and architecture – the publication comprises the first census of Antarctic architectures, conceived as an open access archive that promotes a reduction of the contaminating anthropogenic footprint on the continent.
Title: Antarctic Resolution
Editor: Giulia Foscari / UNLESS
Authors: 150 interdisciplinary specialists
Publisher: Lars Müller Publishers
Editorial assistant: Federica Zambeletti
Design: Giulia Foscari / UNLESS with Integral Lars Müller
Printing: Grafiche Antiga, Italy
20 × 26.4 cm, 1000 pages
2021, ISBN 978-3-03778-640-6
About the publisher / exhibitor
Giulia Foscari Widmann Rezzonico is an architect, researcher and writer who has practiced in Europe, Asia and the Americas. She is the founder of UNA, an architectural studio focused on cultural projects, and her alter ego UNLESS, a non-profit organization for change dedicated to interdisciplinary research into extreme environments threatened by the global crisis. Foscari’s previous professional experience includes extensive collaboration with Rem Koolhaas / OMA who started in Hong Kong and led her to lead the South American platform of OMA, and with Zaha Hadid Architects. She is a partner of the architectural firm FWR Associati, and a member of the International Council of MoMA. His work has been exhibited in several editions of the International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Foscari has taught at the University of Hong Kong and the Architectural Association, where she headed a degree unit and founded the Polar Lab. She wrote Elements of Venice and is editor-in-chief of Antarctic Resolution (Lars Müller Publishers).
UNLESS is a non-profit agency for change that brings together interdisciplinary experts to conduct research on extreme environments threatened by the global crisis. Founded by Giulia Foscari, the collaborative practice of UNLESS engages specialists in the fields of architecture, biology, chemistry, climate science, engineering, geography, history, law, literature, logistics, medicine, physics, political science, sociology, technology and the visual. Arts. The UNLESS pilot project, Antarctic Resolution, led to the creation of The Polar Lab, the agency’s transnational academic platform co-directed by Francesco Bandarin, Sol Camacho, Juan Du, Giulia Foscari, Arturo
Lyon and Florencia Rodriguez. Based in Hamburg and Venice, UNLESS operates alongside its alter ego, UNA.