Impermanence is the constant condition of the arctic archipelago of Svalbard.
A remote melting pot of cultures, Svalbard’s natural and scientific extremes reveal a sensor of global tendencies.
The ice melting in the north redefines accessibility, opening new potential sea routes for commerce, research, resource extractions and tourism. This geopolitical complexity, with its environmental consequences, provided the frame for Gro Bonesmo's (Space Group) Advanced Studio at Columbia University GSAPP, where these conflicting stakeholders, interests and settlements with its different temporalities, were explored. On this battlefield of global processes, the aim was to formulate strategic scenarios and relevant design speculations and projects.
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