Human presence in Antarctica is an achievement that is approaching its 200th Anniversary. The rapid transformation of the polar region under the effects of global warming and the unchartered nature of most of the continent urges the necessity to research and document the extreme Southern territory.
Antarctica 200 is a cross-disciplinary project directed by Giulia Foscari and Francesco Bernadi and based out of the Architectural Association (AA) in London. In preparation for the 2020 anniversary, the program will focus on examining the evolution of polar structures from the heroic huts to the recent mobile and sustainable scientific stations, analyzing 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 of a publication.
Polar Lab AR is the Argentine hub of the project Antarctica 200, organized by Pablo Gerson, Victoria Nuviala, and Florencia Rodríguez, alongside a team (Renee Carmichael, Daniela Freiberg, Natalia La Porta, Isabella Moretti, Violeta Nuviala, Mariam Samur, and Rodrigo Kommers Wenders). There will be six gatherings in total exploring different themes such as Meteorology, Design, Policy, Travel, and Landscape with invited experts as well as an intensive 3-day workshop run by Fabrica de Paisaje.
The discussions will be held in Spanish in Monte, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. For more information, please get in touch!