Nico Czyz | Year 5


Named after the institute established by Stewart Brand and Brian Eno, Nico’s project is guided by an interest in instilling long-term thinking. It is the result of a pilgrimage route along the Thames from the sea to the source, during which a brick is made from the river’s clay. Once fired, the brick is ceremonially carried along the river and on the ninth day it is placed at the source as monad of a temple projected to grow over the next 10,000 years. Rules derived from the structure of bismuth crystals guide the placement of the bricks and the labyrinthine architecture that emerges over time is the result of the pilgrims’ interpretation, forming a ‘ruin in reverse’. The project is situated between land art and essay film, questioning the role of time in architecture, as well as the role of the architect as author.