February 25, 2011

Storefront for Art and Architecture presented Manifesto Series: Eco-Redux, an event which showcased 77 points [11 speakers] towards a new methodology of action for the 21st century. 


The event featured:


Chris Perry
Eva Franch i Gilabert
Jimenez Lai
Lydia Kallipoliti
Mark Wigley
Matthias Hollwich & Marc Kushner (HWKN)
Michael Young
Michelle Addington
Mitchell Joachim (Terreform ONE)
Peder Anker
Rafi Segal

About the book

In the history of ideas, discourses get recycled. Concepts emerge as allegedly new, though ideas undergo long journeys of migration from one epistemological field to another. EcoRedux allegorically brings back to life a 1972 issue of AD, which outlined an emerging environmental consensus in the postwar period: a form of ‘synthetic naturalism’, where the laws of nature and metabolism were displaced from the domain of wilderness to the domain of cities and buildings. 

What happens now though, in the environmental battlefield of a world that has suffered severe loss of resources? As a symptom of a new reality inundated with environmental catastrophes, sudden climatic changes and garbage-packed metropolises, environmental consciousness re-emerges as an inevitable cultural armature for architects and designers. At present, the new wave of ecological architecture cannot be solely directed to the ethics of the world’s salvation and the rhetoric of confinement. It rather upraises as a psycho-spatial or mental position, fuelling a reality of change, motion and action.
Though mindful of the past, the objective of this issue is distant from idealizing and romanticizing the environmental agenda of the 1970s. EcoRedux critically recognizes a recirculatory understanding of the world and its resources and hints towards a new opportunistic ‘materiality’ that becomes a requisite part of our discipline. Recycling is commonly referenced in regards to material systems; however, this issue examines recycling as an ideational and philosophical system of viewing the world of ideas, information and matter as flow rather than as the accumulation of discrete objects.


About the editor

Lydia Kallipoliti is a practicing architect, engineer and theorist currently teaching at the Cooper Union and at Columbia University in New York. She holds architecture degrees from A.U.Th in Greece, MIT and Princeton University. The online database for ecological material experiments ( that Kallipoliti created, parallel to the EcoRedux AD issue, has been awarded an honor at the 14th International Webby Awards and a silver medal in theW3 awards by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Her design and theoretical work has been published and exhibited internationally.


Contributing Authors to the AD issue:

Lydia Kallipoliti, Anthony Vidler, Fabiola Lopez-Durand & Nikki Moore, Mark Wigley, Matthias Hollwich & Marc Kushner (HWKN), Francois Roche (R & Sie(n) architects), Eva Franch i Gilabert, Alexandros Tsamis, Anna Pla Catala, Eric Vergne, Rafi Segal, Jonathan Enns, Mitchell Joachim (Terreform ONE) and Brian Carter.


EcoRedux: Design Remedies for an Ailing Planet 

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Language: English
Year: 2011
Pages #: 136 pages
Color/duotone/black and white: Color
Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.2 x 0.5 inches
Hardcover/ Softcover: Softcover
Copies will be available for purchase at Storefront during the event
ISBN-10: 0470746629
ISBN-13: 978-0470746622