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Savina Romanos − Cooper Union, New York

[Shortlist: 10 students from around the world] The AR highlights 10 emerging architecture students from renowned architecture schools across the world

Savina Romanos − Cooper Union, New York

Tutors: David Turnbull, Hayley Eber, Urtzi Grau, Lydia Kallipoliti, Dean Anthony Vidler

Dark Earth: Fire Centers and Territories

Fire is both a destructive and constructive phenomenon. The act of burning permanently transforms an artefact, as it perishes and renews, degrades and then repairs. Amid decay and destruction, architecture can use fire to construct. The forested areas throughout Greece have seen wildfires annually since 1995. The project introduces kilns to protect the unburned landscape. The intervention reintroduces control with a ‘cool fire’ (a controlled burning) by activating a system of forest maintenance: collecting excess fuel, drying and coaling it, and then planting the charcoal to fertilise the soil. This system works with fire, allowing for a transformation rather than complete destruction. The kilns then become ‘fire centers’ from which a ceramics studio will grow.

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