Amanda White
 A Breathing Room,  2015-2017

A Breathing Room is a living installation, housed in a self-contained space and designed to explore and experience the gas exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen between humans and plant life thorough a personal, meditative and immersive experience.
The structure itself is part greenhouse and part science-fiction proposition, drawing upon aspects of biology, botany, ecological imaginary, and housing the correct number of plants (Approx 300) necessary for one person to breathe symbiotically with plant life. The breathing room is both a sanctuary and a reminder of the troubled ecological times we live in. The resident plants represent local and indigenous flora.
The architectural component of A Breathing Room was designed in collaboration with Calgary-based architect Matt Knapik in 2015. Conceived of as an architectural language based on plant forms, incorporating greenhouse technologies and referencing Buckminster Fuller’s utopian geodesic dome designs. The organic patterns and irregular shapes of our designs contrast Fuller’s repeated, regular shapes and conception of the earth as a ‘spaceship’ or a machine that can be modified or steered by human power and modes of standardization.