“Unknown Fields – The Dark Side of the City” at the Architectural Association

Unknown Fields is a nomadic design studio that ventures out on expeditions through the shadows cast by the contemporary city to trace the alternative worlds, alien landscapes, industrial ecologies and precarious wildernesses that its technology and culture set in motion.

 

Inflatable toy sellers in China Commodity City, Yiwu, China © Unknown Fields, AA

Inflatable toy sellers in China Commodity City, Yiwu, China © Unknown Fields, AA

 

These distributed landscapes, the iconic and the ignored, the excavated, irradiated and the pristine, are embedded in global systems that connect them in surprising and complicated ways to our everyday lives. Systems that form a network of vast but elusive tendrils, twisting threadlike over everything around us, crisscrossing the planet, connecting the mundane to the extraordinary. (more…)