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Practice for architecture, design and research led by Lydia Xynogala, founded in New York in 2014.

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Aggregates Amalgams Allotropes: Composite Bronx

Research and Advanced Design Studio taught at the Spitzer School of Architecture, The City College of New York and  published in A Public Space Magazine

What does it mean today to collect elements of nature? How can matter tell a story? history? And how can research create cultural artifacts?

aerial perspective Port Morris, South Bronx

COMPOSITE SITE: Port Morris in the Bronx is a composite neighborhood: industrial usage with artistic activity: art studios and recycling facilities; film studios and waste disposals; beer distilleries and the New York Post printers. Research and student proposals for this area explore its composite character. 

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Ongoing Research, more soon

Manhattan Schists and Schisms
(Rock Encounters Now and Then)

Research on Manhtattan’s geological formations and their clash with the urban grid.
a part of this research is published in the journal Yale Paprica!

Future Fossils

Forthcoming project in Manifest Journal Issue #3

Originally presented at the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting, Detroit, 2012
Panel: Architectural Ecologies.

This photo essay examines rocky landscapes of the Americas that engage with architectural typologies of environmental hazard. The writing takes a fictional tour on two rocky sites: The Yucca mountain, the controversial potential site for deep storage of all US nuclear waste and Carlsbad, New Mexico, known locally as WIPP (Waste Isolation Pilot Plant) one of largest nuclear waste storage facilities with a license of 10,000 years.

The Dark Ecology of Magnitogorsk

Research published by Princeton University (2013): 
an alternative landscape and architecture for the post-industrial wasteland.

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a territorial concept that typically conveys the unwanted, exhausted and useless.

Mining and industrial production have degraded eleven percent of the earth’s soil. This project aims to rethink emerging ecologic strategies in remediation, the act of cleaning,and often the attempt (and anxiety) to erase the material traces of production. As a project it relies on the terrain of ambiguity; natural/manmade, clean/dirty, unwanted/desired are rejected polarities. This “messy whole” and its material, chemical and “natural” manifestations is embraced, revealing surprising architectural,urban and landscape potentials.

The testing ground is Magnitogorsk, City of Iron in the Russian Federation; The project engages the extremity of environmental degradation juxtaposed with the architectural promise of this city in the industrial age. Architecture and infrastructure are explored as time-based and chemically-induced operations. The design methodology recognizes potential and programmatic possibilities for cleaning but at the same time it engages with the material by-products as a new way of building.

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Published by: The Center for Architecture, Urbanism, Infrastructure, Princeton University, 2012.  Distributed by: Island Press. Series Editor: Mario Gandelsonas.