How the Field[s] Meet

How the Fields Meet, explores architecture as an apparatus for scientific inquiry by subjecting architecture to be operated and experimented on by the existing built and natural environment.

Much of modern ecological studies have been built around modeling and simulating nature in a controlled and contained environment. We have subjected nature to be dissected, analyzed, and experimented. We take soil samples, water samples, and plants and study them in labs. However, with climate change, one of the most pressing issues of our time, ecological science needs to expand its medium of observation to make sense of the impact. Ecological processes occur at large scales and the changes we’re seeing today may never have been witnessed before. The changes we are seeing in the world are no longer about how we, as humans, see the world around us, but more about how the nature sees us and responds to our actions.

Sited in Floyd Bennett Field, former naval base airport, the project redesigns the concept of field station, lab and home to scientist conducting fieldwork, for our modern times. The following projects – Forest Ring, Building Edge, Coastal Lines – bring together new interpretations of what it means to subject architecture to be experimented on with a deep connection to material culture, structure, and ecological transformation.