Architectural Association School of Architecture
Giulia Foscari & Francesco Bandarin
Federica Sofia Zambeletti
Human presence in Antarctica is an achievement that is approaching its 200th Anniversary. The rapid transformation of the polar region under the effect of global warming and the unchartered nature of most of the Antarctic bases urges the necessity to research and document the extreme territory of the South Pole with critical tools of analysis and representation.
The AA Polar Lab is the academic research platform of Antarctica 200, a cross-disciplinary project conceived to shed light on a continent that lies in the dark six months per year. In preparation to the 2020 anniversary, the programme will focus on examining the evolution of polar structures from the heroic huts to the recent mobile and sustainable scientific stations, analysing the technological challenges of building in such an extreme territory, assessing the physical and psychological effects of the unique polar forms of inhabitation, and mapping the geopolitical and economic implications of the Antarctic Treaty System. The project aims to unveil the unique traits of this exceptional continent laboratory, asses its indisputable role in the global ecosystem, question the contradicting preservation policies, and produce a body of research that will be debated at the Antarctica 200 World Conference, at the 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale, and will ultimately be disseminated in the form a Publication.
The AA Polar Lab will curate monthly events at the AA, open to all AA students, alumni and members. Ranging from lectures, to workshop, seminars and studios, the dense programme of the AA Polar Lab counts on the collaboration of specialised collaborators from the fields of architecture, engineering, science, anthropology, sociology, law and art. In parallel to the activities held in London, the AA Polar Lab will act as a catalyst and coordinator of a global network of research outposts.
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