Boundaries and Frontiers at Biosphere 2: 1991-1994

Jun 14, 2017

This paper examines relationships between conceptual and spatial boundary conditions as they produced knowledge, processes, communication, and frontiers at Biosphere 2 [B2]. B2 created a novel architecture, one that simultaneously addressed symbolic and molecular criteria. The architectural-apparatus of B2 was constructed as a laboratory to house a microcosm of Earth’s ecosystem service provisioning processes for eight people over two year intervals.

Through the demarcation and analysis of B2’s boundary conditions and their dynamic qualities, this research unpacks relationships between architectural envelope conditions, transitional spaces, scientific theory, body/organism skins, and biogeochemical processes.

keywords: Biosphere 2, Boundary Conditions, Anthropocene, Posthuman, Transhuman

Meredith Sattler (California Polytechnic State University)
Presented at: 
ARCC 2017 Conference – Architecture of Complexity (Salt Lake City, UT)
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC)
University of Utah

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