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Environmental Architecture (MA)

Manshi Wang

Manshi Wang is an architect and a voice actress. Before joining MA Environmental Architecture at the RCA, she graduated from Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture with a BArch’s degree in 2021.

Her work is centred on human and land rights struggles that help bring human existence into harmony with the environment. She also uses a variety of media forms, and with her interdisciplinary approach and unwavering passion, Manshi Wang actively advocates for a sustainable and equitable future, emphasising the importance of environmental stewardship and promoting a deeper connection between humans and the land.

Since the August 2021 wildfire, DIAZOMA, a government-backed planning commission, has been planning to regenerate northern Euboea’s burnt and remaining forests. However, there is concern that these plans prioritise commercial interests over the well-being of existing residents, ecologies, and economies.

The 2021 DIAZOMA reconstruction plans did not take into account local perspectives. To address this issue, we are unpacking the dense text of DIAZOMA’s planning document into spatial plans and graphics to allow the public to grow their awareness of the plans and form their own opinions about the potential. We hope to provide a collective platform for different perspectives to come together and discuss future scenarios and potential actions in Euboea.

Our design intervention involves creating an online website to facilitate dialogue by incorporating various perspectives through different means—spatial plans, images, video, and text. The website will feature geospatial tools and other forms of media to help people share and reveal information; allowing locals to share their views publicly and make informed decisions about their future.

To allow locals who do not have easy access to the online platform to understand where they are in the Diazoma Plan and engage in dialogue, we have created easy-to-mail booklets that include the glossary of the plan. Residents are also able to download and print documents of specific villages and draw on them by hand. This information is then collected and uploaded onto the online platform. Our collection platform will carry the views of North Euboea residents and together we will design the future.

Website + Print Package for Collective Action
Launch Project
Website + Print Package for Collective ActionHomepage of the collective website, see website:
Information About the New RoadThis video displays images of "38.896788 N, 23.273100 E" in various dimensions, ranging from the microscopic to the territorial.
Interactive map
Launch Project
Interactive MapPeople who still live on the land are crucial, as they are the carriers and transmitters of memories and emotions. However, many elderly residents do not have the ability to use the web, so physical devices are the tool for interaction and collaboration. Some of the public spaces where they gather are the best places to locate the installation, and these nodes are already a part of daily local life.
Package of Physical Map and Booklet
Launch Project
Package of Physical Map and BookletThrough this booklet, people will also be able to know exactly where they are in the plan and understand potential future scenarios that are being planned for them, make their own contribution drawings directly onto the map, and express their own views of the plan and their own plans and visions for the land. Eventually, all information will be uploaded to the website.