The School of the Forest is an architectural case study of a community center in the Brazilian state of Acre in Amazonia. The concept is based on the Universidade da Floresta (School of the Forest), an initiative launched in Acre in 2005 that brings together knowledge from the region's communities and scientific knowledge, treating both systems of thought on equal terms. The curriculum of the Miami Campus, which was developed in collaboration with the school research.art.dialogue (r.a.d.), consists of lectures and workshops that look at deforestation in Amazonia as a key issue, while at the same time focusing on parallel concerns that are relevant to South Florida. The broader goal is to construct a conceptual framework for envisioning a sustainable relationship between humanity and nature in the Anthropocene age. Acre's success in reversing deforestation and promoting sustainable development provides a good example. To achieve these aims, the state implemented ambitious policies that support a degrowth economy based on a participatory process and engage local communities in the governance and management of forest resources. When the exhibition closes, the structure will be disassembled and its components distributed to local urban farms, where they will be used in the farms' day-to-day activities.
Marjetica Potrč (b. 1953) is an artist and architect based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Potrč's interdisciplinary practice includes on-site projects, research, architectural case studies, and series of drawings. Her work documents and interprets contemporary architectural practices (in particular, with regard to energy infrastructure and water use) and the ways people live together.