Futures of Hypercomplexity
A project by Architecture + Adaptation, featuring work by Inundation 1 studio, exhibition design by Sara E. Dean, with support from the International Institute. This exhibition of architectural research on climate change and the politics of water in Southeast Asia is the work of a 2012 Taubman College design research studio led by Assistant Professor Meredith Miller and Lecturer Etienne Turpin. The studio conducted site-based research in Bangkok, Thailand, in collaboration with architects and planners to develop a comparative analysis of water issues. The students then participated in an international Joint Design Research Workshop with the Universitas Indonesia, Hong Kong University, and Ruangrupa Jakarta. As Southeast Asia's most populous and most dense metropolitan conurbation, and the second largest urban footprint in the world, Jakarta is undoubtedly a city of hypercomplexity. Likewise, Thailand's most populous and most dense metropolitan conurbation, Bangkok, is a city of contemporary hypercomplexity. Recent trends in weather intensification, sea level rise, extreme pollution, and river and coastal inundation, through multiplicative effects, make these two cities key sites for researching the urban and ecological transformations as they influence 21st century Southeast Asian metropolitan existence. An architectural and urban historian with interests in sociology, anthropology, visual cultures, history, and politics, Abidin Kusno (Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Asian Urbanism and Culture, University of British Columbia) is exploring the historical and contemporary conditions of urban politics and city life in Indonesia. His research, which examines the roles of cities in shaping the political cultures of decolonization, nation building, and development, provides a cross-disciplinary approach to the study of space, power, and culture, and contributes to urban advocacy. Co-sponsored by the International Institute and Center for Southeast Asian Studies.