Interspecies Living — Humans have roamed the planet for more than 300,000 years, a mere…
Humans have roamed the planet for more than 300,000 years, a mere comma in the history of the Earth. However, our hyper-industrialised lifestyle over the last few centuries has made a footprint on the entire ecosystem comparable to that of major natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and meteor impacts. A vast and growing number of animals and plants are becoming extinct, rivers and lakes are increasingly polluted, and ancient glaciers are melting.
While we have become accustomed to unrestrained consumption and growth, the consequences of our actions are clear: we are heading toward extinction. If we want to avoid this path, we need to change our behavior.
We have imagined a false distinction between the human species and what we perceive as nature. This distinction has caused us to forget the interdependency of all species. As sea level rise decreases areas of dry land, all species are forced to share a closer collectivity. Polar bears might move into our cities and marine life will inevitably inhabit our submerged houses.
SUPERFLEX is interested in new ways of constructing and understanding infrastructure to accommodate fish, insects and humans in the future. By rearranging our cities and housing to facilitate more than just human needs, we can begin to redefine our place in the ecosystem.
Interspecies living is a way of bridging the perceived gap between humans and nature. By acknowledging the agency of all species, we can move torward a sustainable future as ecological equals.