Symbiocene Living showcases the architecture of the next geological epoch defined by ecological collaboration. Coined by environmental philosopher Glenn A. Albrecht, the Symbiocene envisions a future where humans maintain a symbiotic relationship with, rather than view themselves separate or conquers of, the natural world. In the metaverse, we have proposed how this relationship will inform and shape architecture of the era.
“Sumbiotecture” that places collaboration, rather than command, at the heart of design. The design language of the sumbiotecture is in its infancy. Our metaverse reflects the beginning of this language as we learn to communicate, cohabitate, and collaborate with nature. The design is informed by the long relationship between nature and architecture, but aims to go beyond biophilic inspiration.
Ultimately, we believe architects and urban designers have a definitive role in ushering in the Symbiocene and the growing development of sumbiotecture.
Exposition in Decentraland
You’ll start the digital, geological journey in a mush-portal, whose cap offers refuge from the digital landscape. It blooms from the glowing mycelium network branching out underneath the rocky, mossy ground. The portal beckons explorers into the presence of a sustainable future.
The portal is akin to Saprophytic fungi, which are commonly found growing on dead or dying trees, logs, and decaying plant material. For this mush-portal thrives on the decaying landscape of the Anthropocene (“Age of Humans”), an epoch defined by homosapien’s impact on the Earth’s ecosystems and geology. The era is marked by climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution.
Feeding on this destruction and decay, the mush-portal represents the dawn of the Symbiocene, a period of re-integration between humans and nature.
Exposition in W3rlds
While immersed in this Symbiocene future, we invite you to explore a world of caps, stems, and gills — reminiscent of organic forms and textures at a playful scale. Flora and biophilia are reimagined as integral and essential infrastructure. Bioluminescence and natural networks illuminate your path through the realm. By utilizing the notion of ‘scale’ in a digital context, fungi are spatialized on an architectural scale to serve as an educational tool for the public. Through the exploratory action of walking through, on top of, or in between, the
anatomy of fungi can be better understood through this spatial experience. It is here, in the digital space, the future of design and nature may meet beyond the confines of the Anthropocene.