Emperor Qin’s Mausoleum: 5. The Architecture / The Ecosystem, part II

The Architecture / The Ecosystem, part II is the fifth in a series of 6 workshops, each lasting 2 days, as part of Emperor Qin’s Mausoleum.

This is a collective project and curriculum led by artist Marguerite Humeau on architecture, design, sculpture, and the quest for eternal life… The project takes as a starting point China’s first Emperor Qin (259-210 BC) and the finely crafted and engineered mausoleum he commissioned for himself. To this day it hasn’t been excavated and remains ridden with myths. Marguerite Humeau invites participants to collectively rebuild and bury a version of the mausoleum, using contemporary materials and local natural resources, and to keep the Emperor alive! She has gathered experts from the fields of architecture, botany and embalming to work with us over 6 workshops.

Session 5: The Architecture / The Ecosystem, part II
What would an architecture of eternal life look like? What could be the equivalent to Emperor Qin’s simulation of China’s 100 rivers? How can we seal and protect the ecosystem of the new mausoleum? In this two-part workshop, we will work with architect 
Owen Watson to conceive and construct an architecture with the use of locally available materials to start answering these questions.

Read more about the overall project and future sessions here.