Ritualising Collapse is an approach that utilises inevitable decay as a design tool. To “renaturalise” the city by programming the collapse of buildings, thereby achieving a resynchronisation of city and nature while rethinking the lifecycle of our built environment and how we manage our waste. We defy the anthropocentric paradigm, and ask whether structures are strictly defined by the purpose they fulfill for humans? Can a building that no longer serves human’s purpose be called “abandoned” when it is booming with flora and fauna?


We explore the relationship between organisms to physical surroundings and start to control decomposition. Rather than designing the new, we can consider decay and rebirth as a new design tool. By integrating principals of nature, whereby the waste of one process is the resource of another we can create a new building evolution through the reaction of man’s natural processes. Directing the path of a buildings evolution while allowing materials properties to follow their course.


This approach would establish a series of symbiotic relationships whereby the enhancements in the quality of life of the urban population is directly attributed through surgical implantation of an approach that integrates the performative aspects of the natural environment into the urban fabric.


Ritualising Collapse is a project of IAAC, the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed during the Master in Advanced Architecture 2021/2022 by students: Solene Biche Cais, Arunima Kalra, Akshay Madapura, Jose Manuel Asensio, Vaibhav Toshniwal Faculty: Areti Markopoulou, Mathilde Marengo, David Andres Leon