|The goal of this studio was to create and program an Ecotarium that made a true spectacle of ecology. However, in order to understand the subject of our program, we began with a series of investigations that allowed us to explore and question the idea of ecology.
First, we were assigned to create an Eco-Statement. This was meant to be an instantly recognizable graphic that expressed some notion of modern man's relationship with the environment. Next, were were asked to create an Eco-Gram, or a graphic animation representing an ecological phenomenon.
Following the Eco-Gram, were were given the task of creating a creature, complete with a unique life-cycle, habits, needs, and social patterns. We then created a habitat (restricted to a volume of 8' x 8' x 8') that supported the life of this creature for at least one year. A "mixing facility" was then designed with the task of housing several of our habitats, allowing them to connect and interact.
Using some of the ideas we gathered from these investigations, we developed our Ecotariums. Given the choice of two sites in Zurich, Switzerland, I chose to place my Ecotarium on the campus of the ETH, one of the world's premier technical universities. I proposed my project as an expansion of the school's life sciences building. The Ecotarium expansion included a museum for the storage and display of cryogenically frozen endangered species, as well as a breading facility for the re-population of critically endangered species.
Additonal studio work can be found in the book:
Ecotarium: An Observatory of Nature's Collapse
|Dr. Mitchell Joachim|