In our podcast, Alessandro Melis shares his idea of architecture, embracing notions and transversal contaminations coming from evolutionary biology, neurology, paleoanthropology, and all those specialized fields complementing his research. Anticipating a foretaste of the Italian Pavilion for the Venice Bi-ennale 2021, as curator, he will guide us on a journey through his ‘mini lab’, a jungle inhabited by strange creatures, filled with cyber tones, to be part of a Resilient Community. He will explain how to find an ‘exaptation’, resilience by abandoning anthropocentric behaviours and establishing a new alliance be-tween man and nature, accepting to be part of a multi species coexistence, based on respect, equity and inclusiveness. To face the serious, alarming fu-ture challenges that we are fearing, a radical change of perspective might im-print a new ecological architecture, focused on variability, diversity and redun-dancy.
A deterministic and obsolete linear logic, a rigid taxonomy that foresees the idea of architecture grounded on the rigid dichotomy artifice-nature should be replaced by an heteronomous approach, a more flexible vision, open to a real synergy of contributions and forces. And the architect in this new scenario should play the fundamental strategic role of rebuilding and regenerating mul-ti-disciplinary relations, ‘connecting the dots’ between various other fields. We need creativity, as neuroscience explains us about ‘associative thinking’, ac-cepting visionary inspiration from the outside world, as the artistic one, listen-ing to mass media different communication languages, endowed with expres-sive means more adequate to the speed of the contemporaneity, as science fiction narratives and films, comic books, manga, and graphic novels.