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Love Boat. A Journey Around Other Ecologies. 

ABSTRACT

The Love Boat proposes an exercise through eco-ethics in order to design an enclosed frame of cohabitation: a holiday cruise. Divided into groups, students designed a limited leisure space, according to a specific eco-ethic principle. Thus, each team will have the responsibility to consider the distribution of roles, the social organization of space, experience conditions, the pace configuration, the politics of communal living, the materiality, etc. They will have to do this exploring the design potential involved in by each of the assigned eco-ethical positions.

In the context of climate change, eco-ethics appear to challenge classical ethics, those heirs of the Enlightenment, expanding vocabularies and abilities to address and describe certain ecological problems. The eco-ethics open up new discussions, such as intergenerational justice or interscalar relationships that go beyond the scope of conventional ethics, as they had been outlined during Modernity.

The Love Boat aims to promote a collaborative discussion, through a collective game, about some of the major eco-ethical approaches from which we can address issues related to climate change. Each of the critical positions treated (anthropocentrism, biocentrism, ecocentrism, ecofeminism, environmental justice, queer ecology), not only implements tools and design strategies to think about ways of living but also mobilizes different imaginaries, extending the notion of political subject and ontological core beyond the “man”, to consider other agents (such as living organisms, nonhumans, certain social groups, the ecosystem, etc.) as key political actors of this change.

PROJECT

The Love Boat proposes an exercise through eco-ethics in order to design an enclosed frame of cohabitation: a holiday cruise. Divided into groups, students designed a limited leisure space, according to a specific eco-ethic principle. Thus, each team will have the responsibility to consider the distribution of roles, the social organization of space, experience conditions, the pace configuration, the politics of communal living, the materiality, etc. They will have to do this exploring the design potential involved in by each of the assigned eco-ethical positions.

 

In the context of climate change, eco-ethics appear to challenge classical ethics, those heirs of the Enlightenment, expanding vocabularies and abilities to address and describe certain ecological problems. The eco-ethics open up new discussions, such as intergenerational justice or interscalar relationships that go beyond the scope of conventional ethics, as they had been outlined during Modernity.

 

The Love Boat aims to promote a collaborative discussion, through a collective game, about some of the major eco-ethical approaches from which we can address issues related to climate change. Each of the critical positions treated (anthropocentrism, biocentrism, ecocentrism, ecofeminism, environmental justice, queer ecology), not only implements tools and design strategies to think about ways of living but also mobilizes different imaginaries, extending the notion of political subject and ontological core beyond the “man”, to consider other agents (such as living organisms, nonhumans, certain social groups, the ecosystem, etc.) as key political actors of this change.

 

 

CREDITS
  • Architects:
  • elii - Uriel Fogué, Eva Gil, Carlos Palacios
  • Event:
  • Climate Kic-PhD Summer School 2015. On the way to a low-carbon city- El caso de Valencia
  • Localización:
  • Universidad de Valencia, Valencia
  • Coordination:
  • Carolina Mateo Cecilia
  • Institution:
  • Instituto Valenciano de la Edificación
  • Teachers:
  • Uriel Fogué, Eva Gil, Carlos Palacios (elii, UE) Miguel Mesa (UA), Carolina Mateo (IVE), Mijo Miquel (UPV), Enrique Nieto (UA)
  • Date:
  • 24- de septiembre de 2015