Diploma 4 Normalised Digital Vegetation Index computed from data detected with multispectral sensors using Landsat satellites, 2018


John Palmesino and Ann-So Rönnskog

The project will consider the altered and rapid oscillations of the relationship between World and Earth Systems through remote sensing. Multiple modes of enquiry will bring together research, design, theory and advanced practices to be gathered in experimental projects and increase pressure on the question of architecture. We will ask what constitutes architecture and examine how it senses, makes sensible and makes perceivable the dynamic territorial mutations associated with the European space in this intensified new geological epoch.

When considering the European project as a work in progress, the question of polity – both what it is and how it is assembled, gathered, secured and governed – forces us to face simultaneous and symmetrical challenges. Distinctions between domains of human agency and those of complex technological structures seem to wane and a continuity of ecological processes and territorial organisations appear to rapidly shift into a scattered, lacunar assemblage of layered and asynchronous environments.

The rise of the Anthropocene, with the dominance of the technosphere over the complex multi-scalar cycles of the Earth, is tightly interwoven with remote sensing technologies. It is both the result of the extended use of computational models of management and a securing of resources based on distributed measurement and surveying technologies: supply chains synchronised through planetary positioning systems and bio-geo-chemical commodity markets relying on ultra-rapid availability of information at a distance. It is both detected and analysed through these technologies. The arraying of sensors, satellites, airborne surveys, bathymetric multi-beam sonars and seismic readings are linked and stacked into the vast machine that supports contemporary Earth sciences. Refracting, scanning, sounding, beaming, echoing, reflecting, scattering, diffracting: remote sensing technologies interact with the material structures and cycles of our planet and are increasingly shaping our entanglement in the transformation of contemporary territories. We operate by taking measurements within, amidst and in the middle of processes and events: it is not possible to be removed or remote.

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John Palmesino and Ann-So Rönnskog lead up Territorial Agency, an independent organisation that combines architecture, analysis, advocacy and action for integrated spatial transformation of contemporary territories. Recent projects include the Museum of Oil; Anthropocene Observatory; the Museum of Infrastructural Unconscious; North; Un nishable Markermeer and Kiruna. They are research fellows at the Centre for Research Architecture, at Goldsmiths University, where John also convenes the MA and researches his PhD. He has been Research Advisor at the Jan van Eyck Academie (Maastricht), and previously led the research activities of ETH Studio Basel - Contemporary City Institute. He is a founding member of Multiplicity. Ann-So is a PhD research fellow at AHO in Oslo. She was previously a researcher at ETH Studio Basel.

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