Autonomous Arctic

Xin Liu

Reassembling the Earth


Jazairy El Hadi


Within the context of global warming, after more than 100 years of Arctic exploration, the local culture and nature are destroyed because of the increasing need of resources. This, in turn, reinforced the arctic amplification of climate change coming from the particularity of permafrost, albedo effect and skyriver and cause the deterioration of the arctic environment. This positive feedback is started by human and intensified by the local systems, especially the three most essential ones, City with Infrastructure, Land with Permafrost and forest, Water and Ice sheet. Inside of these systems, “people” is not only referring to human, but also non-human. They are the active actors which can help the system to change even recover. However, every group will think about itself first with ignoring other questions their activities arouse. In this case, people immigrating to Arctic area only think about how to develop their business and bring money back to their homeland, which is the core of Arctic problem. When it comes to my design, the first thing is to change the subject to the system. I am not designing for human living in Arctic Circle, but designing for the whole system, the autonomous Arctic. The autonomous Arctic will make use of technology and use data to develop itself with controlling the input and output. It will develop with detailed plan and maintain the relationship between all the species. Human is also one of the most important actors in the system. The indigenous people are closely connected with some animals, including walrus, whale and caribou. They can be hired from the system and make profit while helping to maintain the systems. In summary, the overall design is trying to build a balance between species and create a habitat for them. In this process, the autonomous Arctic will make profit and earn money to adjust and maintain with the high-tech devices. This will be the most suitable way to develop the whole system.