INSIDE DOWN, ARCHIVES
Designer : Laura Andrea
Winner : 1st Runner Up, Disruptive Design
Its no secret that we live in a time in human history where our actions are leading to clear ramifications, which are not helping to sustain the future of our species. By pushing beyond our limits and imagination, Inside Down is about fostering an unconventional approach to the underground which creatively addresses the systems that led to the origins of these problems. An intervention project that shifts, deconstructs, reimagines, and reconfigures the way how we see the world around us now and in the future.
We have evolved as a species which create incredible technologies and processes for advancing our lives and solving human needs, and yet we can clearly see the consequences of our actions, individually and collectively. Therefore, the approach with Inside Down is to reflect on it and intervene in a nonlinear, divergent, and counterintuitive way.
Through an ambitious and unusual approach with analytical work and research; Inside Down is placed in a strategic location, which seeks to inspire individuals to confront their preconceived ideas about consumption, about the underground, and most importantly, about the essence of humanity.
Inside Down is part of a bigger and more complex conceptual approach, which is about exploring, understanding, and intervening in the preservation of our history for future generations. The architectural studio SnOhetta already started with this kind of design intervention with The Artic seed vault in Svalbard, (the worlds largest, secure seed- storage, together with the Arctic World Archive, a digital vault of the worlds history and culture) leading Inside Down as a continuation project which holds the same purpose but with a different approach, resource and execution.
Inside Down started as a conceptual project, a local intervention which aims to inspire people from all around the world -architects, scientific, researchers, to all kind of habitants- and have them contemplate the value of the worlds resources and history.
However, this kind of intervention holds a wide range of approaches, which makes it become part of a bigger project: a global intervention conformed by local and specified interventions which its only purpose is to preserve humanity. Therefore, I believe this project could be commercially viable, however, due to its magnitude,approach and objective, it becomes more of a public intervention, making it difficult to be built without the consent and participation of bigger organisations -World Archives, Norway National Archives, Church of Norway, etc.
The project by referencing its underground location and its function as an archive for world memory, aims to preserve the essence of humanity in an abstract and unconventional way, as if myths, legends and folktales were the most important part of our common heritage, deserving to be taken care of and, at the same time, secured for future generations.
By having a glimpse into the spirit of the Post-human era, the underground becomes the ultimate archive, and we could speculate that when people are gone, the human myths would be the remains of our existence; becoming an interior architectural project that is about humanity but not in a functional sense, but more experiential.
Inside Down is not only about conceptual and disruptive design, but also about critical thinking, which makes it an statement, an exciting and complex project. Its main premise is archiving the essence of humanity through the lenses of mythology, while using the church as a critic to society, as a way of showing the power the church had to control and re-write history. It becomes relevant to mention that religion is all about myths, beliefs and rituals, so a big par t of their surviving was depending on keeping these alive.