M.Arch Thesis
 Final Review

 Friday, May 21, 2021



︎    Review Room
︎    After Party
︎   Presentation Schedule
︎︎︎     Pamphlet
︎︎︎     Optional Backdrop
︎    Critics, Advisers, Readers
︎      Students
            Xio Alvarez
            Ben Hoyle, Eytan Levi
            Lynced Torres
            Marisa Waddle, Lucas Igarzabal
            Erin Wong
            Ziyu Xu
            Andrew Younker

︎     Coordinators
            Deborah Garcia
            Andrew Scott
︎     Department Head
            Nicholas de Monchaux 
︎     MArch Program Director
            Brandon Clifford 
︎     Special Thanks To

            Eleni Aktypi
            Cynthis Stewart
            Kathaleen Brearley
            Christopher Jenkins

︎     Web Design
          Anna Vasileiou
  

                                                                                                              



Erin Wong

Heirlooms


Advisor: Sheila Kennedy
Readers: Rania Ghosn, Nida Sinnokrot



Setting the table



Deep in the bowels of an icy mountain on an island above the Arctic Circle lies a resource ofvital importance. It is not oil, or coal, but seeds. Opened February 26, 2008, the Svalbard GlobalSeed Vault holds the world’s largest collection of agriculturebiodiversity. The seeds lying in thedeep freeze of the vault include wild and old varieties, many of which are not in general useanymore. And many that do not exist outside of the seed collections they came from. Remoteand inaccessible, the seed vault protects and preserves, while the seeds hidden away, sleep,waiting to be woken.It is time for a new type of heirloom seed institution, one that is decentralized and accessible,one that designs for the entire lifecycle of the seed. Therefore, this thesis asks howthis newkind of “seed library” could be constructed.Where once in nature, heirloom seeds found waysto move by themselves, by wind, by ocean current, in the bellies of animals, or by ballisticdispersal, they must now be supported by newpractices. Vaults will no longer be the solekeepers of seeds.Set in the near future, in a period that has become known as the Awakening, this is the story ofthe seed keepers of Los Angeles and their investigations on how to support an urban foodculture. Here, in downtown LA, interventions in existing extractive urban infrastructures aredesigned to sponsor new practices of heirloom seed tending




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