Tomas Saraceno’s suspended environments create networks of habitable platforms floating in the air. These airborne utopias join like clouds, and bind together forming aerial cities in a constant state of evolution.
Through the creation of such spaces, Saraceno challenges notions of nationality and the built environment. His installations both grow to encorporate the environment that surrounds them, and simultaneously strive to create a new, evolutionary means of inhabiting space.
How are artists effected by the idea of a utopia, how are they representing them? Tom Saraceno believes utopia will be in the sky amongst the clouds in this installation.
How are planners affected by ideas of utopia and how are they expressing them in policies and projects?..I’m not sure, but this brings me a sense of joy and inspiration to work even harder to achieve better outcomes
"Sustainability and sustainable development tend to be used interchangeably, whereas they represent distinct approaches. Sustainable development is not simply about the environment since it incorporates other indicators of human welfare such as incomes and their distribution, jobs, health, housing, crime levels and so on. Conversely, ‘sustainability’ implies a much stronger commitment to the environment above other factors, principally economic growth."
Jacobs and Scott (1992)
I know its a little bit tedious, but sometimes we all need a little reminding. Note to self:
- Remind the team that we have chosen a ‘sustainabiliy’ theme for our current project
- Remind Dave and Mr B over the next few weeks when they make more policy proposals.