Mähler
Quiterie

Project: BiodiverCity

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Mähler has been interested in discovering new cultures and their philosophies since her childhood – her studies at the School of Architecture in Bordeaux included a year in Brussels and another in Bangkok. After qualifying as an architect, she completed an advanced study on public space as a place of artistic, cultural, and social investment. Mähler's professional experience lies in scenography agencies; she set up her own agency, BKBS, focusing on urban scenography as a mechanism to improve social connection. Working regularly with landscapers, ecologists, and environmental officers, she develops projects that raise awareness of the biodiversity surrounding us whilst enriching the uses of public spaces.

Mähler's agency works on usage - what new uses can public space offer, how could it enrich the lives of the inhabitants? How can the user be made aware of the urgent need to respect biodiversity, by means of fun urban furniture? To address this problem, she has already developed a proposal on furniture or installations that encourages us to observe and understand nature. This changes games for children from being disconnected from the natural environment to games which encourage children to observe, experiment, and understand it. Mähler hopes that this increased understanding of the natural environment will make citizens more aware of the consequences of their actions. As an architect, the choice of material and its life cycle is at the heart of the proposal.

MOTIVATION FOR AND COMMITMENT TO CREATING A BETTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE PLANET

Today, cars are taking up a lot of space in cities at the expense of quality of life, both social and health. With the new mobility alternatives, another form of urbanism seems possible. An urbanism that would no longer be centered on the car but would open pockets of tranquility, well-being, living together. Our society also seems to be becoming aware of the need for a rational management of materials, of the value of craftsmanship. This transition seems possible today, this vision of a more peaceful city, based on respectful and reasoned values. This perspective is the foundation of my practice.

This initiative is the continuation of a reflection that has been present since my architectural studies. The importance of the site, landscape, and territory has always been the basis of the project. But it really took shape when we collaborated on landscape projects. Various calls for tender gave us enough freedom to develop projects consisting of small innovative architectures. The team had a beautiful energy and motivation for reasoned management of landscape and resources. In such an environment, I was able to develop installations that led the user to discover and experiment with the biodiversity that surrounds them, creating new uses for public space.