Non-Extractive Architecture: On Designing without Depletion
The book: Non-Extractive Architecture: On Designing without Depletion Vol. 1 establishes a theoretical framework for a new approach to architecture - one based on long-term thinking, material resources and their subsequent landscapes, and the integration of community values into the construction industry. Through a series of essays by architects, geographers, historians, economists, urbanists, and philosophers, Non-Extractive Architecture: On Designing without Depletion Vol.1 explores whether an alternative paradigm in design is possible, and what values it might be founded on.
As the true urgency of the environmental crises we face becomes clear, architecture requires fundamental reinvention. The assumption that the building industry can only fulfill humanity’s needs with the irreversible exploitation of the environment, of people, and of the future - needs to be reconsidered.
Could architecture be understood as the practice of guardianship of the environment, both physical and social, rather than an agent of depletion? Could the role of the architect deal less with form and more with integration, circularity, reuse, material research, and community building? Could supply chains be made shorter, and could buildings be more closely tied to the economies in which they exist? What are the models and metrics that such a paradigm could adopt?
Edited by Space Caviar with an introduction by Joseph Grima and contributions by Dele Adeyemo, Benjamin Bratton, Stephanie Carlisle, Emanuele Coccia, Keller Easterling, Swarnabh Ghosh, Macarena Gómez-Barris, Phineas Harper, Elsa Hoover, Jane Hutton, Interiors Agency, Elisa Iturbe, Luke Jones, Chiara Di Leone, Armin Linke, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, Nicholas Pevzner, Maria Smith and Mark Wigley.
The research will culminate in the publication of Volume 2 - that will collect a growing network of voices, case studies, materials, policies, labor practices, buildings, tools towards a Non-Extractive Architecture. This book will be a collection of the research and conversations that have taken place as part of the year-long program at V-A-C Zattere in 2021. Volume 2 is forthcoming Fall 2022. Stay tuned !
The book is published by V-A-C and Sternberg Press. It is available for sale online and in selected bookstores.
This publication is a part of Non-Extractive Architecture - a research initiative launched in 2021.
Dele Adeyemo, Benjamin Bratton, Stephanie Carlisle, Emanuele Coccia, Keller Easterling, Swarnabh Ghosh, Macarena Gómez-Barris, Phineas Harper, Elsa Hoover, Jane Hutton, Interiors Agency, Elisa Iturbe, Luke Jones, Chiara Di Leone, Armin Linke, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, Nicholas Pevzner, Maria Smith and Mark Wigley.
Edited by: Space Caviar
Assistant Editor: Nicholas Korody
Executive Editors: Grigory Cheredov, Polina Filimonova
Copyediting: Melissa Larner
Proofreading: Sarah Stephenson
Graphic Design and Typesetting: Lyosha Kritsouk
Printed and Bound in Italy by: SiZ Industria Grafica
Distributed by: The MIT Press, Art Data, and Les presses du réel