Field Notes on Scarcity

Scarcity of resources in all its forms is often portrayed negatively, but these conditions—which have long been a reality in many extreme climate regions across the Global South and are increasingly becoming a global condition—often stimulate an abundance of innovation, inspiration, and ingenuity. In 65 contributions from scholars, practitioners, writers, and artists across the Global South—including Lesley Lokko, Yinka Shonibare, Formafantasma, Rahul Mehrotra, Olalekan Jeyifous, Abeer Seikaly, Ilze and Heinrich Wolff, Chitra Vishwanath, Deema Assaf, and many others—Field Notes on Scarcity examines what scarcity truly looks like on the ground, and the challenges and opportunities it presents across architecture and design.

Published in conjunction with the second edition of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial, The Beauty of Impermanence: An Architecture of Adaptability, curated by Tosin Oshinowo.