Abandoned potato sorting station, Krasnosilka, Ukraine. Photo: unknown author

Svitlana Lavrenchuk



Eroded Voices of Soils in Exile

The present context of rapid environmental changes presents us with a set of unique design problems and opportunities. Specifically, the research focuses on exploring the potential for social-spatial transformation and the possibility of re-framing agricultural practices as practices of environmental care.As a resource, soil’s most significant role stems from its numerous ecosystem services, including its ability to produce food, breakdown organic matter, and sustain the entire food web. Agriculture is a key form of humanity’s interaction with soil, which is arguably a life support system of any civilisation and is a microcosm on its own. As simple as its aim is - to provide humanity with a source of food - it can either be regenerative or extractive in its principles.Situated in a global crisis of care, can regenerative agricultural practices built upon principles of circular economy, reciprocity and empathy shift Earth’s carbon balance from the oceans and the sky to the soil and living vegetation, where it can ensure collective thriving?The research proposes to develop land-use planning tools to allow simultaneous assessment of social, economic, and biodiversity values. How can a dynamic data-driven digital framework of land distribution, based on principles of circular economy and reciprocity aimed at the restoration of soil resources, inform the policy making and systems of governance in the regions at the front line of climate change?It ultimately poses a question of how the built environment can be brought in line with the planetary limits.


Svitlana’s work investigates the cultural meanings, representations and values of soil across agricultural societies at the frontline of the climate collapse. Her research crosscuts the fields of spatial practice, environmental humanities, visual culture, contemporary art and critical legal studies. Working with INTERPRT, Svitlana has collaborated with civil society organizations, international lawyers, scientists, NGOs and journalists to develop research projects dedicated to environmental justice advocacy. Svitlana took part in investigations on behalf of diverse groups for which she has produced advocacy videos, interactive maps and evidence files, and held participatory workshops with a wide range of audiences.

Moruoa Files

For the Rights of Soil Not to be Exhausted (collaboration with COOKING SECTIONS) “The Ocean”, Bergen Kunsthall, 29 Aug 2021 - 31 Oct 2021
Gross Domestic Product, exhibited at Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019

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