12/23/2010

Book: Bracket 1: On farming, just bought

We build the way we farm. We factory farm our food and we factory produce our homes. The way we build reflects the way we view ourselves in relationship to the beings that we farm and consume. We build walls, delineate one species' space from another's, give preference to some domesticated species (such as canine and feline) while rejecting the majority of others. We house ourselves in private homes down long cul-de-sacs and keep to ourselves. Currently, farming and living appear to mutually reinforce each other. How would a change in one practice affect a corresponding change in other? Eward Doddington, "factory-farmed architecture: you are how you eat", (Bracket, #1, p.29)

I've already written on the project "On Farming" that Bracket [] has been developing since 2009. The founders and editors Mason White and Maya Przybylski have defined the concept of this project more precisely with the launch of Bracket [] as a new book series.
As I wrote long time ago, Bracket [] is based on an open call for entries that highlights emerging critical issues at the juncture of architecture, environment, and digital culture.
While the contributors of the second sequel just sent their proposals (the selected contributions will be published in the second issue), the editors and their collaborators Infranet Lab (Mason White, Maya Przybylski, Lola Sheppard and Neeraj Bhatia) and Archinect,  have launched the first volume (published by Actar Editorial, Archinect and InfranetLab).
You'll find the proposals selected by jurors Nathalie de Vries, Fritz Haeg, Heather Ring, Mason White, Michael Speaks and Charles Waldheim, for the first series, among others: Factory-Farmed Architecture: You Are How You Eat by Edward Dodington (I quoted an abstract of Dodington's text), Migrational Fields: Farming and the Chinese Urban Village by Neeraj Bhatia, Marissa Cheng, Elizabeth Nguyen, Liu Peng and Yang Jiang, and Landgrab City by Joseph Grima, Jeffrey Johnson, and José Esparza.
The book is divided into sections: Tiling/Seeding, Grafts/Hybrids, Plots/Allotments, etc. each structured by essays of jurors.

I remind that the theme deals with the concept of farming as mutable, parametric, and efficient. As the contributors and these proposals mentioned, information, energy, labour, and landscape, can be farmed. Bracket #1 On Farming explores the capacity of architecture to address issues of productive landscapes and urbanism.

Book: Bracket #1, On Farming
Editors: Mason White, Maya Przybylski
Publisher: Actar, Archinect, and Infranet Lab
Page Number: 252 pages
October 2010
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