Editors: Joeri Sowka, Paul Kersten, Theo van Hoeve, Mark Kanters, and Kornelia Dimitrova
Printed by Orange Books, Utrecht;
Hard cover, 373x266mm, 144 pages
Texel Flows: a metabolic atlas
Texel Flows: a metabolic atlas illustrates and explains the natural, technical, social and economic processes that make the island 'work'. The content has been verified by NIOZ (Nederlands Instituut voor Zeeonderzoek) and the municipality of Texel. This publishing round of 300 copies was funded via a pre-sale campaign (on Indiegogo) and the sponsorship of NIOZ, TESO and others.
Texel Flows was published in 2017 by a group of five Architecture graduates of TU Eindhoven – Joeri Sowka, Paul Kersten, Theo van Hoeve, Mark Kanters, and Kornelia Dimitrova. The Atlas is based on a research within the Texel Metabolized graduation studio of 2015. The project Envisioning the Anthropocene, was developed following this collective research. The Texel Flows atlas can be purchased via the editors or at Architecture & Natura.
Texel Flows - the atlas that dissects and arrives to the core of what Texel is, how it developed and most importantly how it fonctions.
Where there is life, there is change. Change is perpetual and it is based on linear or cyclical dynamics. Texel Flows is the atlas that pays homage to the metabolism of this island. It depicts the current state of affairs with special attention to the implicit dynamics of the processes and streams that define the island of Texel.
The anatomy and physiology of the island unfold along a logical series of themes. History presents the starting point to an understanding about the island's development. Following are the metabolic networks that represent all the systems that are essential to its fonctionality and identity. Texel's landscape, water cycle, tourism and society are some of the systems that we have documented. Altogether these flows form the living organism that the island of Texel can be seen as. The interdependencies that characterise the systems within this metabolic network are revealed by Texel Flows.
In order to address issues of unsustainability appropriately, one must understand them. The metabolic approach is of fondamental assistance, when embarking on such an ambitious journey.