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Spatial development study on the territory between Africa and Europe

LURG presenting research study at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in the Cinema Rif, Tangier, Morocoo. The project is looking at existing conditions and future projections utilising small-scale phenomena and translating found conditions into large-scale urban interventions (Gunnar Ploner).


Gunnar Ploner joins forces with INFRANETLAB  and develops proposal for the greatest grid competition announced by the Architectural Leage, New York. Updates will follow as soon as results are published.

Project team: Noorain Ahmed, Neeraj Bhatia, Jonathan Crisman, Andrè Geoffroy, Aura Gnerucci, Maria Teresa Idone, Kristina Ishkhanova, Ege Özgirin, Gunnar Ploner, Lucio Riccobono, Gabriel Lara García Rojas.

LURG @ AA Visiting School, Tangier, Morocco

Based on the field research the project is studying the spatial development and the dynamic territory of the mediterranean coast of northern Morocco and the mutual dependencies of land and water.
With: Medine Altiok, Stephanie Tunka, Ruedi Baur, John Palmesino, Ann-Sophie Rönskog, Nawfal Bakhat, Takako Tajima, Cristian Suau, Shany Barath, Carlos Perez Marin, Yto Barrada.

In grid we trust @ Center for Architecture, NY

The vison of future New York – In grid we trust – has been presented at the Center for Architecture, New York.

In grid we trust – selected among the best four projects

LURG @ Guggenheim Museum New York

The proposal for the future vison of New York “In Grid we trust” has been selected by the jury among the top four projects of the workshop and will be presented at the Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Future development of New York

Gunnar Ploner @ MIT, Camebridge, USA


What is the relationship between a building and the larger systems of the environment – constructed and natural—in which it sits? This workshop examines issues of site, sustainability, and the relationship between scales of environmental processes from the urban and infrastructural to the architectural.
The physical infrastructures of the twentieth century – those of roads, rail, air, data, sewage, water, amongst others – have tended to operate as singular and independent systems. The infrastructures of the twenty-first century, if they are to respond to impending urgencies with respect to resources and climate change as well as emerging social conditions and cultural desires, will need to become integrated with each other and most importantly, integrated with the qualities of space and environment they help engender. This requires reexamining the conventional relationship between infrastructure and landscape, infrastructure and public amenities, infrastructure and architecture. In turn, the discrete architectural project should be understood as being incorporated within a network of relationships – from economies and ecologies to politics and culture – a network that it potentially transforms.
The workshop posits that rather than understand architecture as hermetically sealed from its environment, architecture is integrated into the environmental networks that envelop it. What is the role and place of architecture—as a discipline typically invested in stasis and timelessness—within such a milieu? How can temporality and the temporary be engaged and challenged? How does architecture operate with and through time, even as a static point within a fluctuating field?

The workshop attributes new roles to the architect – not simply problem solver, but cultural, environmental and spatial detective, bringing to light the forces (economic, cultural and environmental) at work within a given geography, and the physical networks at the service of these forces. The workshop asks what the role of the architect today is, with the imminent need to mount urgent responses to significant infrastructural and environmental challenges. Design is perhaps the field where technical, political and environmental forces can be best given a figure. We are not so much interested in solving the problems as developing projective, speculative experiments that reframe the problems through architecture. To this end, we will use Manhattan as a site of architectural/ infrastructural/ ecological investigation.

LURG @ MIT, Cambridge, USA

The MIT Camebridge, USA is holding a workshop on the future development of the city of New York and has invited Gunnar Ploner to participate in the event.

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