In our podcast, Alessandro Melis shares his idea of architecture, embracing notions and transversal contaminations coming from evolutionary biology, neurology, paleoanthropology, and all those specialized fields complementing his research. Anticipating a foretaste of the Italian Pavilion for the Venice Biennale 2021, as curator, he will guide us on a journey through his ‘mini lab’, a jungle inhabited by strange creatures, filled with cyber tones, to be part of a Resilient Community. He will explain how to find an ‘exaptation’, resilience by abandoning anthropocentric behaviours and establishing a new alliance between man and nature, accepting to be part of a multi species coexistence, based on respect, equity and inclusiveness. To face the serious, alarming future challenges that we are fearing, a radical change of perspective might imprint a new ecological architecture, focused on variability, diversity and redundancy.
A deterministic and obsolete linear logic, a rigid taxonomy that foresees the idea of architecture grounded on the rigid dichotomy artifice-nature should be replaced by an heteronomous approach, a more flexible vision, open to a real synergy of contributions and forces. And the architect in this new scenario should play the fundamental strategic role of rebuilding and regenerating multidisciplinary relations, ‘connecting the dots’ between various other fields. We need creativity, as neuroscience explains us about ‘associative thinking’, accepting visionary inspiration from the outside world, as the artistic one, listening to mass media different communication languages, endowed with expressive means more adequate to the speed of the contemporaneity, as science fiction narratives and films, comic books, manga, and graphic novels.