1. Remote sensing technologies are altering our perception of the Landscape.
    A new set of images, a digital record of the physical surface of the earth that shapes our relation with the territory.
    They establish politics, protocols and economies.
    These images and the meta-data that they contain become our space of investigation to affect the environment and its thick fabric of relations.

    In Guatemala, digital simulations become an advocacy tool to describe the system of violence exerted through the landscape by an energy infrastructure plan.
    A pattern of displacement as a continuation of colonial strategies to maintain a system of power over territory, resources and ultimately people.

    Chixoy Dam 1976-1983
    Xalala Dam 2014-2020
    A retrospective study and a projective future simulation to expand the borders of resistance.

    Project by Daniele Profeta, as part of the BRAVE NEW NOW studio at Princeton Fall 2014.
    Tutor: Liam Young
    Special Thanks to:
    Jamon Van Den Hoek
    William Trossel and SCANLAB
    Resistencia de los Pueblos
    Alexey Marfin

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  2. This video was created by Zhi Rui Lim and Rennie Jones as part of Liam Young's "Brave New Now" studio in conjunction with Eyal Weizman at Princeton's Graduate School of Architecture, Fall 2014. It is a suggestive response to the use of satellite and lidar technology in rural Guatemala as a means of seizing indigenous lands.

    In planning for state-owned infrastructure projects, remote sensing technology is used to create a digital reading of the landscape as valued for its profit potential. Mirrors are placed as markers in the real landscape, disrupting its digital counterpart and registering a value system that is otherwise invisible to the scan. Various mirror objects form a digital grammar to mediate between the virtual and the real, communicating with the scan.

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  3. In the years 1981-1983, over 200,000 Guatemalans were killed, and an estimated 50,000 disappeared. Hundreds of villages were destroyed, effectively eradicating and erasing native cultures that had been so intimately tied to their landscape. Till today, many family members still walk the streets with photos of their lost loved ones, in the hope of finding closure to their violent past. "Reclaiming Culture & Identity" is a tribute to these people and their cultural practices which were lost amidst the violence, and to those who continue to grieve for their loved ones.

    "Reclaiming Culture & Identity" is fundamentally interested in identities that are inherently embedded in structures. Moving across three scales: the scale of the face, the scale of the building and the scale of the landscape, the project attempts to reconstruct unique features and patterns of use that have been lost in the process of violence. Taking precedent from facial recognition and reconstruction algorithms, this project proposes a set of rules that has been designed to be executed across these scales. Resolution is reached when destroyed house and cultural practices are reconstructed, and loss is quantified.

    This project was created by Patricia Chia, as a part of the Brave New Now studio led by Liam Young at the School of Architecture at Princeton University in Fall 2014.

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  4. In Guatemala, in the 1980s, many indigenous communities have been systematically erased from the landscape of Guatemala. In Chixoy, the construction dam has displaced thousands of local villagers. We don’t want to cause too much change or influence on the landscape, but we still want to kind of memorial that can be detected in a way. So instead of building concrete memorial, this project aims to create “ghost” to interfere in a more subtle way, to leave more space for imagination and to have more possibilities to merge in with people’s life. After comparing the nature of ghost with the nature of infrared, we can see that infrared is a good form “ghost”. In this case, infrared imaging can be used to uncover some of these traces of lost communities. I try to use the infrared to mark places of memory and significance. Infrared could be reclaimed as a spectrum for indigenous culture. This project is architecture of heat energy that can be seen in the infrared spectrum. The prototypes of the ghosts were found in the context. By observing the infrared pictures of villages, ruins and tombs being dug, I choose the elements most evident in these pictures as the prototypes: roof and fireplace, base of house and tomb and body. Hot water are emitted from pipes to create the infrared architecture. Tool of particle fluid simulation, REALFLOW, is used to model and design this new type of architecture.

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  5. Aerial Photography is a very particular way of seeing the world. For the longest time, looking down on earth from above was a function of a very exclusive perspective, reserved for the rich and powerful. A modern device of aerial photography, drones, have a very military and aggressive connotation. They are employed to spy and attack, or in military terms „Search and Destroy“, a technique used against counter-guerilla jungle warfare since the Vietnam War. Modern quadcopters are cheap gadgets that open up possibilities of counteracting—modes of preservation rather than destruction. The drone’s eye view, a military tool, has been democratized. Photogrammetry analyzes thousands of single photographs, extrapolates points in space through triangulation of overlapping pictures and turns a previously flat image into a textured 3d approximation. The digital landscape is a template: to create an archive of the forest,
    populated with records of its space, its cycles, and its agents.


    project by
    Vincent Meyer-Madaus

    part of the Fall 2014 studio
    Liam Young

    Princeton University
    School of Architecture

    with support by

    special thanks to

    Will Trossell
    Hannah Robinson
    Resistencia De Los Pueblos
    Zhi Rui Lim
    Rennie Jones
    Daniele Profeta
    Patricia Chia
    Wan Li
    Joanna Grant

    Liam Young

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Princeton School of Architecture Graduate studio coordinated by Visiting Professor Liam Young.The 2014 studio was developed in collaboration with Eyal Wiezman, SCANLAB and Jamon Van Den Hoek of NASA. Research seminars were coordinated…

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Princeton School of Architecture Graduate studio coordinated by Visiting Professor Liam Young.The 2014 studio was developed in collaboration with Eyal Wiezman, SCANLAB and Jamon Van Den Hoek of NASA. Research seminars were coordinated by Princeton Phd students Elis Mendoza Mejia and Megan Eardley.

Projects explored the politics of machine vision within the context of the forests of Guatemala. In this context satellite imagery, LIDAR scanning and aerial photography has been deployed in war crimes trails bought against Guatemalan military leaders of the 1980's and forensic futures practices looking at the potential effects on local indigenous populations of large scale hydro electric infrastructures.

Research Students in BRAVE NEW NOW 2014 were Patricia Chia, Joanna Grant, Wan Li, Vincent Meyer-Madaus, Ray Lim, Rennie Jones and Daniele Profeta.

Support for the studio came from ScanLab, human rights lawyer Hannah Robinson, Paulo Tavares, and Guatemalan non profit ODHAG.

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