"The investigation of production, merger, dissipation and transformation of scales reveals a common denominator of the current processes of urbanisation. This symposium will discuss scales as designed, produced and contested, rather than given by nature, and it will question the ability of architecture and urbanism to reclaim the political economy of scale as their field of competence."
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.