Smout Allen

Neo-Natures: Lanzarote

This proposal for a technological topography for the Lanzarote lava fields and ash pits is conceived as drawings overlain and laid into photographic surveys of the geographical curiosities that dominate the island landscape.

In this design project each structure uses and adapts emerging and dormant environmental technologies and vernacular processes, imagining and re-establishing the surrounding environment as an energy source for the architecture that inhabits them. They explicitly demonstrate the hydrologic cycle — the model of the movement of water above, on and below the surface of the earth. Climate change scenarios for the scarcity of water, drought and desertification, and conversely river flooding and sea level rise, reflect the complexity of hydrological processes and their role in environmental activity.

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