Impermanence is the constant condition of the arctic archipelago of Svalbard.
A remote melting pot of cultures, Svalbard’s natural and scientific extremes reveal a sensor of global tendencies. As these landscapes are transforming rapidly, its future belong to all of us. The ice melting in the north redefines accessibility, opening new potential sea routes for commerce, research, resource extractions and tourism. This geopolitical complexity, with its environmental consequences, provided the frame for a studio where these conflicting stakeholders, interests and settlements with its different temporalities, were explored. On this battlefield of global processes, we aimed to formulate strategic scenarios and relevant design speculations and projects.
The studio was linked to the Oslo Architectural Triennale 2016; After Belonging: A Triennale In Residence, On Residence and the Ways We Stay in Transit that was exploring how the new objects, spaces and territories define our transformed condition of belonging under global regimes of circulation.