The project, which is titled ‘watermarks – surviving the anthropocene’, highlights the impact that mankind has had on planet earth. ‘humankind are the actors in an era of accelerated planetary crisis which has recently earned itself a new geological epoch called the anthropocene,’ explains the design team. ‘based on the overwhelming evidence that human activity has marked itself as a major force of nature.’
Cosmos architecture points to the environmental concerns and natural disasters occurring at the start of the 21st century, including: unprecedented land degradation, the loss of arable land, and the increase of drought and desertification. globally, it is believed that of the 8,300 animal breeds known, 8 percent are extinct and 22 percent are at risk of extinction. within this context, the pavilion showcases the contributions aiming to balance the ecological diversity of egypt.
‘Egypt is witnessing a huge loss of its biodiversity,’ says cosmos architecture. ‘about 95 species of plants, insects, birds and animal are in danger of extinction due to the rapid urbanization that is taking over the agricultural lands, the demographic changes, over- consumption, and the use of technologies that damage the environment, now combined with climate change, are pushing our country and our planet to its limits.’
Cosmos Architecture is an international architecture practice based in Milan, Madrid and Shanghai.
Today, the studio is composed of several architects, urban planners, landscape and interior designers of 7 different nationalities.
Cosmos Architecture`s principle is the collective conception. From the very beginning, the practice believes in the virtues of exchange, crossing ideas, common effort, shared knowledge and enthusiasm. Cosmos Architecture believes in a socially engaged architecture. This approach is nourished by the numerous worldwide achievements made over the last year, and by a constant attention to the quality of the spaces and new uses.
Cosmos Architecture wants to involve architects and artists of different generations and nationalities, in order to question every scale of the architectural practice. Open to architects, urban planners, landscape designers, artists, writers, philosophers, etc., Cosmos architecture is a think tank for urban, architectural and artistic reflections.