Flora Weil

  • Design in Rising Winds, image courtesy of Flora Weil

Weil’s project examines collaborative infrastructural, experimental, and environmental responses that emerge from spring winds blown across the borders of China, South Korea, and Japan. The wind is a mixture of sand, soot, and industrial particles. Weil’s research focuses on upwind locations, specifically resettlement and geoengineering sites in Gansu Province, China, where largescale anti-desertification schemes, digital terraforming, and climate migration programs have multiplied. By exploring how a design, with the concepts of planetarity and elementarity in mind, can materialise from mutual climate uncertainties, the research follows the fluctuations of territories, networks, and ecosystems which rise and fall while co-constituting each other’s boundaries.

Weil’s project examines collaborative infrastructural, experimental, and environmental responses that emerge from spring winds blown across the borders of China, South Korea, and Japan. The wind is a mixture of sand, soot, and industrial particles. Weil’s research focuses on upwind locations, specifically resettlement and geoengineering sites in Gansu Province, China, where largescale anti-desertification schemes, digital terraforming, and climate migration programs have multiplied. By exploring how a design, with the concepts of planetarity and elementarity in mind, can materialise from mutual climate uncertainties, the research follows the fluctuations of territories, networks, and ecosystems which rise and fall while co-constituting each other’s boundaries.

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2023
Fellow: Flora Weil

Flora Weil is a designer, engineer, and artist whose works focus on exploring new narratives around the development of emerging technologies. Her personal practice focuses on challenging human centrality in design and science. Her projects have been displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Singapore Art Museum. As a researcher, Weil has led interdisciplinary projects with scientists in Tokyo to transform academic research into new products and platforms. She has a background in engineering, holds a double master's in design and innovation from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College, and is a fellow at Transformations of the Human.