Letter from the soils I have designed with

Guibert, E. 2020. Letter from the soils I have designed with. in: Bremner, L. and Cook, J. (ed.) Monsoon [+ other] Grounds London Monsoon Assemblages. pp. 39-50

Chapter titleLetter from the soils I have designed with
AuthorsGuibert, E.
EditorsBremner, L. and Cook, J.
Abstract

In my practice and recently completed PhD, I have been investigating possible relationships between humans and their ecosystems that nurture the resilience of both, with a specific focus on plant communities. The methodology is a reflective process integrated within the practice of built and grown architectures. It defined an ecological practice as a secular form of architectural animism that conceives of places as beings with agency, that we garden with.
Soils, although not in the foreground, were regularly mentioned for the definition of a site’s propensity through defining the levels of nutrients and water, and structural capacity... This paper reflects on a selection of the same case studies but this time from the point of view of soils. Soils are analysed as characters, persons, connecting the life and rhythms of humans, as well as other animals and plants, to geological and climatic temporalities. Of particular interest is how we can transfer to the future the varied forms of heritage embedded in the rituals of soil care, the biological (genetic), the ecological, the cultural.
Simultaneously, the lens of “new materialism” is applied on this practice. The fields previously connected in the research were other architectural and art practices, ecology, landscape conservation, systems theory, as well as Taoist and Zen philosophies.
The form of this reflection will grow into a weave of multiple letters, within which artefacts are embedded. It is conceived as much as a work of art as an academic piece of writing.

Keywordsarchitecture
cosmopolitic
animism
co-creative design
new materialism
Book titleMonsoon [+ other] Grounds
Page range39-50
Year2020
PublisherMonsoon Assemblages
Publication dates
Published02 Feb 2020
Place of publicationLondon
SeriesMonsoon Assemblies
ISBN9780992965716
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File Access Level
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Web address (URL)http://www.monass.org/writing/
EventMonsoon [+ Other] Grounds Symposium and Exhibition
Web address (URL) of conference proceedingshttp://www.monass.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Monsoon-other-Grounds_Online.pdf
Publisher's version
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