Antarctica 200 is a cross-disciplinary project directed by Giulia Foscari and Francesco Bandarin and it is based out of the Architectural Association in London. The program relies on the close collaboration of a group of global experts from the fields of architecture, engineering, science, glaciology, international law, anthropology, literature and art and the main research platform is the AA Polar Lab. The Polar Lab AR is the Argentine hub of the project Antarctica 200 focused on creating critical tools of analysis and representation.
In preparation to the 2020 anniversary, the project aims to research the evolution of Antarctic architecture (from whaler’s shelters to the hyper-advanced contemporary scientific stations), analyze the logistic and technological challenges of building in such an extreme environment, assess the physical and psychological consequences of polar inhabitation, and map the geopolitical, economic and environmental implications of the Antarctic Treaty System. The ambition is to unveil the unique traits of this exceptional continent laboratory, asses its indisputable role in the global ecosystem, understand the conflicting and fragile Antarctic 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 of a Publication.