The Silicon Prairie
Having completed research that explored three ecologically conflicted farming typologies in the American Midwest, the Silicon Prairie is a site-specific strategy of ‘data permaculture’ that visualises a post-agricultural transformation of key typologies and technologies in the landscape of farming to data infrastructure. In the process, land used for intensive row crop production is restored to an otherwise decimated indigenous tallgrass prairie ecology. The proposal aims to place the prairie at the forefront of Silicon Prairie – the self proclaimed advertising campaign that sees the Midwest as the new mecca of tech – utilising interventions at a variety of scales so that the disenfranchised inhabitants of an exhausted rural economy might thrive on a damaged planet.
School of Architecture
MA Architecture, 2019
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Matthew Darmour-Paul is a spatial researcher and practitioner in London. His work explores architecture’s entanglement within political ecology, ruralisation and the financialisation of nature.
He is currently working as a researcher in collaboration with the artist duo COOKING SECTIONS on projects in the US and the UK and has worked internationally on architectural and urban design projects and competitions in the United States and Australia.
- BA Architecture, Iowa State University, 2015
- Research assistant, Cooking Sections, London, 2018-19; Studio assistant, Richard Goodwin Artist and Architect, Sydney, 2017; Internship, Terroir Architects, Sydney, 2015-17
- Offsetted; On the Rights of Trees, with Cooking Sections, Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery, Columbia University, New York, 2019; Demannio Marritimo.Km-278, with Dika Lim, Yujun Liu and Chijen Wang, Ancona, 2018; Notations; Interpolation, with Joshua Lynch and Blake Fisher / CISP (The Center for Image and Spatial Politics), Sydney, 2016
- Where is Elsewhere? The Architecture of Wetland Mitigation and Conservation Banking, Design Agency Within Earth Systems, Architectural Association Landscape Urbanism, 2018; Where is Elsewhere? The Architecture of Wetland Mitigation and Conservation Banking, POLLEN 18, Political Ecology Network, Oslo, 2018