On the Usefulness of Modern Animism: Co-Creating Architecture with Soils as Ontopolitical Practice

Guibert, E. 2021. On the Usefulness of Modern Animism: Co-Creating Architecture with Soils as Ontopolitical Practice. GeoHumanities. 7 (1), pp. 176-197. https://doi.org/10.1080/2373566x.2021.1904785

TitleOn the Usefulness of Modern Animism: Co-Creating Architecture with Soils as Ontopolitical Practice
TypeJournal article
AuthorsGuibert, E.
Abstract

In opposition to the general understanding of animism as an irrational religious set of beliefs, the—secular—modern animism embodied in this practice of built and grown architecture is operative. It conceives of places—ecosystems—as beings with agency that we garden with to nurture and express their resilience. It is a useful ontology for ecological practice; this architectural animism is ontopolitical; it co-creates a common world. At a recent symposium, a number of projects were presented as architectural soils and to give a voice to these earthly beings, the method was to write a letter from them to me. This first letter with the response in this article forms the beginning of an animistic correspondence. The medium places the reader in a pluriverse, in between the multiple voices of various “actants.” The text is isomorphic to the embodied dialogue of this earthy practice. It is useful both to nurture societal awareness—empathy and care—towards these fragmentary ecosystemic beings, and as research method to conceive them, and our relationship.

Keywordsanimism
architecture
co-creative design
new materialism
ontopolitic
JournalGeoHumanities
Journal citation7 (1), pp. 176-197
ISSN2373-566X
2373-5678
Year2021
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Publisher's version
License
CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/2373566x.2021.1904785
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/2373566X.2021.1904785
Publication dates
Published online07 Jun 2021
Published in print01 Jun 2021
Supplemental file
License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)

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