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Vrinda Mathur // Thesis Research Zine

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09 I’m too emotionally involved in everything I do // Ingmar Bergman

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011 01 Art, design, and ecology

02 Way-finding

03 04 Manifest-oh! Design process

05 Gathering from nature

06 Collaging the old and new

07 Do-dles

08 Stories told

10 Spilling the tea

11 Tip of the mangrove

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12 Bibliography

09 Little black strokes


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Art, design, and ecology

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Circa 1995

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I was first introduced to the concept of design when my family was building a home in the forested hills of Kumaon in Northern India. I vividly remember the many summers we spent mulling over hand drawn blueprints or scouting the

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Vignette 01 // Early influences

local markets in search of indigenous building materials. My day would set around a bonfire discussing Laurie Baker’s notable rat-trap bond, frugal ways of floor laying and designing wall finishes with broken glass.


Vignette 02 // Life in transit

At the break of dawn, pink light peered through the window shade. I remember the dramatic sun that morning. It felt difierent. Fifteen hours since I boarded the plane from a chaotic airport in New Delhi amid a raging Pandemic. Queues on queues, masks on masks.

Now I a w s on the other side of the o w rld with the infinite ocean beneath my feet. A change so palpable, yet controlled. I can almost still feel the knots in my stomach. The duality of that moment; looking into a future so bright, reminiscent of everything I had to leave behind. tip of the mangrove


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Way-finding Identifying patterns and interests through an in class workshop and the journaling process to create a way-finding map with major influence areas. tip of the mangrove


025 Key

Movement between space and time

Storytelling

Animacy

Nature

Sensory experiences

Orbital closeness from central thesis

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Manifest-oh!

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​​ observer, an observer An of the natural things around them. In their free time, they use scientific tools to capture specifics about the places they frequent. This is usually a park, a body of water, a forest, their own home. They pick up valuable items, things that will hopefully encourage larger actions, bigger questions. At home, they have a garden. A testbed for instruments they use out in the field. They eat an avocado with an egg for breakfast, as they watch over their garden. Usually in coveralls or overalls, to protect them from the dirt of the work the day requires.

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Excerpt from in-class workshop //

They are a cataloger. In hopes to mitigate. To restore the place to a previous ‘glory’.


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Design Process

Process snippet from the wood shop. An intense week of wood working and closely understanding my relationship with material. Even this sheet of paper that I reused to reserve my workbench.

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Design Process //

Gathering from nature

Nothing is made, everything must be found, gathered. Clothing, color, food, pencils all appear in nature. Rather than a w lk the aisles of Target, e w a w lk through fields and forests to find our typewriters, chairs, hand mirrors.

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Collaging

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Ever o w ndered how multilayered our experiences are? The paper may look blank, but I think its showing ofi the pin-striped texture with pride. Almost as if luring me to touch, write, draw on its skin. I succumb.

Layer 03: Scanned photograph

Layer 02: Brown paper from my notebook

Layer 01: Stripes from a magazine tip of the mangrove


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Would the earth and sky finally collide As there are no trees to hold them by

If trees could talk, Would they speak of komorebi or Of the salinity under their feet

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Would they remember the balmy touch of a child’s hand or the gelid prodding of an axe

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Would they sing along when we did too or Would they tremble at first sight

Would summer still smell of berries, plums, and peaches or Would the plastic fruit, at last, come alive

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Sometimes a point 1.0, other times a 2.5 or 5.0, these little black strokes define my thought process in the form of doodles and visual data points. As I write about my research and findings, I enjoy drawing them out and giving them a form. tip of the mangrove


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Spilling the tea

Brainstorming

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041 Procrastination

Mundane moments

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Sitting by the edge Legs dipped in the sea They look at me, Bewildered

farms and To protect and Shrimp waterways Houses and industry care Boats packed with To borrow and people What have they come share here to see? o F r this Earth is home to both you and me Where e w can build resilience in harmony Dampier Hudges line, Sundarbans

In an alternate world Where the gentle winds blow And the waves softly nudge my ankles We hold hands in a waltz of promise tip of the mangrove


045 No firm land beneath my feet And yet an ecosystem thrives My insignificance they decided Leaving me bereft of my pride

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Is my skeleton too, a commodity?

Landsat 1-5 data, Sundarbans


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047 Imagining a sustainable future for the lesser known wetlands* through community powered tech tek.

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Excerpts from a webinar by Julia Watson

INDIVIDUAL LOCAL KNOWLEDGE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS WORLD VIEW

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049 Researching lo-tek design as a medium

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Annotated Bibliography

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Rising by Elizabeth Rush

The author shares her own experience traversing through different locations across the United States that have been impacted by severe climate catastrophe and beautifully captures personal narratives.

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Lo-tek: Design by Radical Indigenism by Julia Watson

Lo-tek translated into traditional ecological knowledge is a documentation of centuries old nature-driven practices of indigenous and local communities from different parts of the globe.

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The World’s Mangroves 2021: Report by Global Mangrove Alliance

The report captures all the aspects of the global mangroves including extent, geographical location, threats, restoration practices and community development.

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World Wildlife Organization/ Stories

Mitigation refers to the efforts in reducing the impact of GHGs from the environment in order to monitor or control global temperature rise and adaptation refers to adjusting our system and behaviours in order to reduce the impact of climate change.

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Mangroves: The roots of the forest by Mangrove Action Project

Interesting documentary about the impacts of large shrimp farms on mangroves. How the mangroves are cut and flat land used for farming leaving the land more salty. Encouraging local fisherman/people to ‘conserve’ Asking the right questions so people can understand what ‘conservation’ means. Bringing students and teachers into the forests for planting.

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Bonn Challenge

The Bonn Challenge is a global goal to bring 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested landscapes into restoration by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030.

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Oystertecture by https://99percentinvisible.org/ episode/oyster-tecture/

Redesigning with nature. Early 20th C New York City shorelines were covered with oysters which protected the landmass from the high impact of the seas. Kate Orff is relooking at the phenomenon to design ‘part infrastructure part ecosystem based solutions.

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Invocation for hope by Superflux Studio

Presented at the Vienna Biennial 2021. Installation of a forest with burnt trees from Austria and fresh foliage for the audience to view and experience both parallels.

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The intersection: A film by Superflux Studio

A film by Superflux Studio called The Intersection that narrates the lived experiences of different individuals talking about climate change,racial justice and data privacy. Video graphics and visuals are catchy and keep the viewer gripped. The speculative objects designed and used by the protagonists are intriguing and very closely relate to lo-tech/tek.

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Restoration of Jacob’s Point salt marsh: YouTube video by Save The Bay

Salt marsh restoration in Warren on a land privately owned and paved as a road. The video captures the restoration project from spring to fall with a visible difference in native species growth as well as fish species. The problems discussed included salt water being trapped in the marsh and not getting an opportunity to flow through. Addition of man-made creeks in the marshes allowed for movement of the water along with the installation of larger pipes.

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Pokanoket Tribe: https:// pokanokettribe. com/

Pokanoket tribe of present day Mass and RI. Information on the different clans within the tribe. Interested in the Deer clan for hunting, cooking and gardening as well as the Snipe clan for gathering and making things.

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https://www2. cifor.org/swamp

Sustainable wetlands adaptation and mitigation program. Website highlights the global wetlands map showcasing the extend of wetlands and includes information on important steps, terminology and projects

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Climate Change documentary by BBC - https://www. youtube.com/ watch?v=UnOGmGRsXMw

Water salinity causing itching and darkness on skin. A girl talks about if her face is not good looking then who will like her and will she get married? Another man’s citation on change in seasons - extreme hot summer, rain and biting cold winter. 6 seasons now deteriorating to merely 2. Film by British council

Broken Nature exhibit at Venice Biennial by Paola Antonelli

Broken Nature was first exhibited at Triennial De Milano and then showcased at the MoMA in 2021. The exhibition showcases the works of 45 designers and artists that through their work hope to provide the push for a long term impact and change making in the human-nature relationship. It looks at principles of restorative design urging the audience to ‘reconsider their relationship towards a more constructive sense of indebtedness to the environment’

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https://sustain. round.glass/ wild-vault/folklore-myths-tiger/

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Subtendu Biswas writes about the myths and folklores used by the local population of the Sundarbans as an antidote to protect themselves from the wild and uncertainty of the forest.


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057 PART ECOSYSTEM, PART INFRASTRUCTURE // Kate Orff, SCAPE

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Vrinda Mathur | MID 2022