Each week of the exhibition #WallsofAir we're featuring one of the maps presented in the gallery. The large scale maps are a result of collaborative, interdisciplinary research into urgent issues facing contemporary Brazil.
"Fluid Landscape: Encounter Between Human and Natural Ecosystems" is a topographical chart of South America, overlaid by natural elements, that constructs a narrative of Brazil’s relationship with the environment. Instead of geopolitical borders, the map emphasizes the most significant natural barriers of continental scale. The map demonstrates how apparently unrelated events in the north of the country—the wind regimes close to the Equator (represented by white arrows on the map) and the production of water vapor by the Amazon forest (represented by the intensity of blue)—are responsible for the fertile ground that allows cities in the southeast to thrive. At the same time, the map points to the risks these cities are facing as Brazil’s forests are destroyed, even if they are thousands of kilometers apart. A gradient from yellow to red represents the intensity of carbon emissions from biomass loss, or deforestation. The map stresses how the depletion of the Amazon is not only contributing to global climate change, but also affecting the very possibility of sustaining life in our major cities. Fluid Landscape instigates architects and urbanists, not only to think holistically in their respective fields, but also to understand the multiple scales their professional decisions might impact.
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