2016 fellows

 
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Mauriah Kraker

Milwaukee, WI USA

track / shul is an investigation into the mark that remains on the land after that which made it has passed by. Through meditative walking and durational improvisation, the physical form of body will be used to both inhabit and articulate the sacred story of each space, as well as to fall silent and recede, allowing the resilience of the wood and land to speak.

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Elena Brebenel

Ploiesti, Romania

whisper of the forest - How can biomimicry help us develop designs for the domestic environment that address indoor air pollution? Concordant with this research practice, the project at NAHR involves the development of design experiments using the Woods of Taleggio Valley as a source of inspiration, with a focus on symbiotic relationships.

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Elke Eichmann

Zürich, Switzerland

beauty in imperfection - Landscape photography became the most important to me for its allegorical power. The natural cycle of growth, decay and death shows me the simple, slow and uncluttered essence of life. It’s like in the Japanese concept of Wabi-sabi where simplicity, asymmetry or irregularity led to a meditation of impermanence and transience of things.

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Isabelle Duvivier

Venice, CA USA

creating the woods at home is the celebration of forest habitat and human infrastructure. By mapping the complex environmental relationships of the forest and its creatures, and mimicking those relationships at Home where we live, we develop a protective, sustainable, appreciation of our natural resources Only then can we expand the woods into the cities, protect the woods from further development, and allow for increased biodiversity within and outside the city. .

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Jay Yowell

Edmond, OK USA

biomimetic building skin : tree bark as model - How can architects utilize construction technology and advanced scientific knowledge to create an architecture that behaves like nature, one that utilizes local resources and is adapted to the climate? The design, function and efficiencies of tree bark offer especially relevant lessons for how we might rethink designing building skins. The trees of the Taleggio Valley will offer instructive lessons in how to best design and our building skins to work in concert with their environments.

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Jenny Rodenhouse

Los Angeles, CA USA

the enchanted forests: satellite canopies and digital understories - With our planet in ecological crisis, international organizations are using forest inventory technologies—canopies and understories of satellites, cameras, and sensors—to algorithmically scan, shape, and program local woodlands for large-scale climate mitigation. As our local forests become physical and virtual interfaces for world-wide social, political, and ecological agendas, what new forest layers, data systems, digital habitats, and information atmospheres might emerge?

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Using the woods as an inspiration for design and the arts such as furniture, products, and architecture.

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Sabina Magliocco

Northridge, CA USA

nature and the spiritual imagination - My project examines the practices, narratives, and beliefs about nature spirits through which humans attempt to reconnect to nature in response to environmental crisis. I document how practitioners of a variety of spiritualities conceptualize, narrate, and interact with the natural world, focusing on nature spirits as tropes through which they re-enchant the universe. My findings illuminate the importance of spiritual conceptions of nature as we face environmental crisis and global climate change.