Plotting the City is an architectural design studio at the Department of Architecture, Portland State University. From January 2008 a group of sixteen architecture students are investigating the myths of the city of Portland, Oregon, USA. The studio explores the city not as a single definition or absolute, but as a multitude of tales embedded in the topography, built entities and unfolding human drama of everyday life. As if the city were a complex, layered script awaiting interpretation, animation and projection through continued acts of involvement and concern, the students tread streets, read signals, and tell tales about the settings and human situations they encounter. Students are engaged in a story-telling enterprise, translating experience into plot, mythologizing the city inspired by the content and detail of landscapes encountered through successive acts of walking.
For the Garage festival 09 Free Soil have conducted a site specific research project investigating the environment of the Baltic Sea.
We created an alternative archive of political and historical events that have occurred in the Baltic Sea region, especially Stralsund and linked these with the sea’s responses. The impact of Industrialisation, population growth and political changes has resulted in climatic and environmental changes recorded in the sea. Nature retaliates by creating new forms, one of the most significant being the spread and growth of toxic Blue Green Algae or “phytoplankton”
Images: wooden sewerage pipe from Stralsund. &
Portrait of William Lindley the designer of the first sewerage system in Stralsund, algae on paper.