Projects

Projects in LUE explore questions of landscape experience focused on topics that range from the (post)colonial and environmental legacies of plantation infrastructure in the coastal plains of Guyana to the inheritances of socialist housing in Cuba.

The geographic focus of the Lab has been the Caribbean and the Guianas, as well as research on urban, deltaic and forest landscapes in Brazil. The Lab is also engaged in collaborative design research investigating landscapes in France and Romania. Current projects include “Guiana Landscapes,” which explores coastal, plantation, and forest landscapes in the Guianas (Guyana, Suriname, and French Guyana); “We Love We Self Up Here,” a documentary film project on landscapes of extraction and migration in Trinidad & Tobago, developed in collaboration with Natalie Melas and Kannan Arunasalam; “Project Alamar,” which explores the legacies of socialist housing in Havana, developed in collaboration with Tom McEnaney, Iulia Statica, and Kannan Arunasalam; “Royaumont re:Sounding,” a design research collaboration project for the auralization of Royaumont Abby church in Val d’Oise, France, with Maximilian Sternberg and Karine Le Bail; and “Together at the Table | Împreună la Masă,” a 2nd place design competition entry for the Romanian Pavilion for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021, with various collaborators including Iulia Stătică and Adrian Catu. The range of projects points to the wider thematic interest of LUE in the question of environmentality (Umweltlichkeit). This term, taken from phenomenology, points to the manner in which the spatiality of the environment is experienced in latent and habitual ways as an inheritance—taken for granted in its encounter as there in advance, having been handed down from one generation to the next through embodied practices and stories. 

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