TERRAFORMING THE ARCHIPELAGO
On an archipelago in the Guanabara Bay, the University City was founded. Following a rationalist model of urbanism, with modern generic buildings, it aimed to build a utopia and a future for education in, what was at the time, the capital of Brazil.
Through one of the largest water reclaiming operations ever realized in Rio de Janeiro, the project created the island of Fundão, establishing a tabula rasa over the archipelago that existed in the site and unifying the islands into a homogenous landmass.
The practice of landfilling and shoreline altering, largely reproduced by the modern state, if not a stratigraphic golden spike in itself of the human agency on the landscape at a global scale, is a visible phenomenon of the human activity in the attempt to domesticate the illusion of a divided nature and its non-human agents. If not perceivable at the scale of other operations that can be compared to terraforming scenarios, it can be read as a symbol of the most fundamental forms of colonization of water. How can we subvert this logic?