- Is Weather the last vestige of nature in the city? - Do the forces in Weather systems hold the key to the energy crisis? - Is instability and disorder something that can be designed? - Is Weather the nemesis of Architecture or its best friend? - Is Weather becoming the last form of cultural specificity? - Does it all come down to the “green”?
Today, economic and ecological forces have finally collided and forced humankind to reassess its relationship to each. For architecture, this means facing its nemesis: the weather, with its attendant forces of instability and unpredictability. The role of architecture has always been to demarcate an area away from these forces, in which humankind can regulate its own needs. Now, the worldwide sustainability movement calls for an architecture that does not resist but incorporates or accommodates atmospheric turbulence. Arium examines the curious relationship between weather and architecture, addressing instances where architecture has both brilliantly collaborated with and foolishly failed to anticipate weather patterns such as wind tunnels and heat exposure, and demonstrating that this relationship need not always be antagonistic. Begun as a research project under the direction of architect Jürgen Mayer H. from Berlin and urban designer Neeraj Bhatia from Toronto, Arium offers a revelatory in-depth look at this urgent topic through critical examinations by George Baird, Rodolphe el-Khoury, Robert Levit, Mason White, Henry Urbach, Filiz Klassen, Marc Kushner and Dirk Hebel.
- Texts by George Baird, Chad Dembski, Robert Levit, Henry Urbach, Mason White, Rodolphe el-Khoury - Graphic design by Eric Bury
> Neeraj Bhatia is an architect and urban designer from Toronto. His work resides at the intersection of politics, infrastructure, and urbanism. Bhatia is a codirector of InfraNet Lab, a non-profit research collective probing the spatial byproducts of contemporary resource logistics, and the founder of The Open Workshop, a design office examining the project of plurality. He has worked for Eisenman Architects, Coop Himmelblau, Bruce Mau Design, OMA, and ORG. Bhatia has previously taught at Rice University, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and Ohio State University. His research has been published in Volume/Archis, Thresholds, Footprint, Domus, Onsite Review, Field Journal, and Yale Perspecta. Bhatia received his master's degree in architecture and urban design from MIT where he studied on a Fulbright Fellowship. Prior to that, he attended the University of Waterloo where he obtained a bachelor of environmental studies and a bachelor of architecture.