Intermediate 3 Luca Gamberini, Intermediate 3 (2015-16), The Last Known City

Speculative Land Futures

Ricardo de Ostos and Nannette Jackowski

Scene: Internal J Hotel. A sunny day, scalding hot.

Wood door carved with deity's faces half-covered by black flag opens. Camera moves to the right, a pulpit and a microphone appear. Signal noise mixes with mosquito drone and muffled voices.

Speaker: Good Morning. I am standing here today, not quite sure what to tell you. [Silence. The sound of buzzing continues.] You probably all want to know about the 2016-17 future operations rather than hear a history lesson, so I will cut through the bull and report to you. [Caressing his eyebrow slowly with his right little finger, he starts reading.] Science fiction, culture and architecture will be the key tools to combat the day-to-day pedestrian reality that has taken control of wonderland. [One bead of sweat falls on paper, spreading like an amoeboid bomb.] We will utilise film, digital animations and kinetic experiments to explore the magic reality of land as memory and symbolic marking. Within the concept of wonderland we will explore architectures based on time, mysterious atmospheres and strange speculative fictions.

[From the audience, a woman with glasses interrupts]: Where are you going to do those experiments? What is the context of that 'wonderland', if you like?

Speaker: As I was saying, in order to survey the context of land not just from a monetary perspective, but as something symbolic and cultural, we will produce large drawings and models (I mean large large). Intermediate Unit 3 will explore ancient forest myths and near-future city narratives. Organic and Machine, Nature and Man, Grown and Made will all be recorded as final models and films, ladies and gentlemen.

Pause. Camera cuts to outside straw hut. A lush, tropical jungle slopes down into murky brown river.

Speaker: To acquire specific intellectual and technical skills Intermediate Unit 3 will offer workshops, books and graphic novel readings, film screenings, group discussions and, of course, fieldwork. If you want to know more please read the memo on the website. Wi-fi password is: SpeculativeLandFutures

Unit Staff

Nannette Jackowski and Ricardo de Ostos are principals of NaJa & deOstos. They are the authors of The Hanging Cemetery of Baghdad, Pamphlet Architecture 29: Ambiguous Spaces and the forthcoming Scavengers and Other Creatures in Promised Lands (AA Publications). In 2012 they were nominated for the Iakov Chernikhov prize for young architects around the world. Nannette has worked for Wilkinson Eyre and Zaha Hadid. Ricardo has worked for Peter Cook, Future Systems and Foster + Partners. He has taught at Lund University in Sweden and was an associate professor at École Spéciale d'Architecture in Paris. He was appointed curator of the Brazilian Pavilion for the London Festival of Architecture in 2008 and 2010.


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