Bioroot Underpass by Ryan Cook @ Turbulentarch in collaboration with Graham Livesey @ University of Calgary Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS)
Bioroot Underpass reveals, orients and structures the root systems beneath our feet to illustrate a speculative dialogue between ecology, architecture, and the public realm. Structural and material decay is inherent and unavoidable, so why attempt to directly suppress the things and forces which lead to it? On a conceptual level, many underpasses are essentially defined by the process of carving out the ground and paving it with concrete as a means to separate and control nature from the built environment. This project challenges this relationship and instead treats nature, and more specifically, the growth of trees and their roots, as something to be revealed rather than hidden and avoided. Over time, degradation and decay will happen regardless of how well people design things to prevent it. This project is not about giving in to decay, but rather about creating systems, aesthetics, and structures which can embrace it for better rather than for worse.