the collaborative architecture factory (the caf) – DesCours 2008 – Systems of Artifice and Nature

This installation, presented for the 2008 DesCours event in New Orleans, is described in the designers words as below:

Systems of Artifice and Nature is based in the observation of the New Orleans’ regions’ paradoxical relationship with water.  It proposes an investigation and juxtaposition of imagery and study of contextual artificial and natural cohabitation strategies as a platform for perspectives on place.  The product of overlapping conditions provokes conceptual re-orderings of both formal and functional living in a wet-land.  A comparison of artificial and natural wet-land mechanics reveals opportunities for continued envisioning, social and structural, of the New Orleans ecology: a merging of environments.  This installation explores the potential through a projected research exhibit that frames information and intervention.