Architectorial Ethnography
by Momoyo Kaijima
9 Nov 2021
architecture, earth

The drawing Architectural Ethnography illustrates the transformation of the Earth over the last three centuries and predicts its further evolution for the next one.

Nineteenth century:
“Place” is dominant for the territory of the living. Urban and rural cores are isolated from each other.

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(Part 1) ‘Architectural Ethnography version 5,’ 2021, Momyo Jaijima.

Twentieth century:
“Space” is founded and the territory of the living is venturing deep into the Earth to get minerals and to reach the moon for discovery. The exchangeability of the space becomes emphasized.

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(Part 2) ‘Architectural Ethnography version 5,’ 2021, Momyo Jaijima.

Twenty-first century:
The Information Industry expects an extension of the territory of Earth. The gap between the physical Earth and virtual Earth becomes larger. In the conflict created by this the gap between our physical domain (the physical Earth) and the virtual domain of information technologies (the virtual Earth) we must protect our physical environment by embodying our life in a system of actor-network relations, in order to design our protective spaces as a living action.

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(Part 3) ‘Architectural Ethnography version 5,’ 2021, Momyo Jaijima.

Twenty-second century:
The constant expansion of both the physical Earth and the virtual Earth into a large, unique environment experienced in the twenty-first century will be partially fragmented into smaller urban and rural commons. This series of different communalities will be possible by sharing collective pool of resources and a sense of communality based on actor-network relations, at both a local and planetary scale.

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(Part 4) ‘Architectural Ethnography version 5,’ 2021, Momyo Jaijima.