At Azulik Tulum, Mexico, Therme Art Program Reflects on the Symbiotic Nature of our Built Environment and Aquatic Ecosystems

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Ecological threats to the Mexican Caribbean underscore the imperative of an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability—combining the expertise of artists, scientists, architects and urban developers. 

Responding to the alarming recrudescence of seaweed in the Mexican Caribbean, ALLIGA at Azulik Tulum is an experiential creative sphere bringing together scientific workshops, site-specific artworks and performances—offering a gateway to the holistic comprehension of sargassum (algal blooms––a rapid growth of microscopic algae) and prompting audiences to reconsider the delicate equilibrium we are at risk of destroying. 

Part of the esteemed contemporary art institution SFER IK at Azulik Tulum, ALLIGA draws on visionary founder and architect Roth (Eduardo Neira’s) design philosophy of integrating sustainable materials and green technologies, coupled with ground-breaking biophilic architecture—creating a polysensory aquatic realm and highlighting the profound symbiosis between humanity and nature. 

Sharing Roth’s vision of restoring biodiversity in our built environment, Therme Art Program Curator was invited to speak alongside a select group of scientists, creatives, and sustainability experts to illuminate a holistic way forward in addressing sargassum and its associated environmental and evolutionary impacts—one that acknowledges the interconnected nature of architecture, urban lifestyles, and ecosystems. 

“With more than 68% of the world’s population projected to live in urban areas by 2050, we need to move towards a view of sustainability that addresses humanity, cities and our oceans as connected spheres. With growing knowledge of these natural phenomena, the shape of our future cities plays a critical role in the vibrancy—or conversely, the ruin—of our natural world.”

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