Marion Waller
Curator and urbanist

‘Superhuman lucidity… this book embodies a secret revolution in philosophy’ 

–Emanuele Coccia

Natural Artefacts

Nature, Repair, Responsibility

Our world suffers from the rigid separation of nature and culture in politics, theology, architecture, art and law. The frontiers between the human and non-human have always been heavily policed and defined, leading us to consider ourselves separate from – and superior to – the context from which we emerge, but which we consider it our prerogative to artificially modify without constraint.

What if – as this groundbreaking study proposes – nature is as much of a craftsman as we are, a force that fashions the world to its needs, making its own kind of artefacts? And, moreover, what if we and nature have already been working together, hand in hand, productively and positively for millennia, making hybrid natural artefacts, but without acknowledging or describing this collaboration?

If this is true, we need a new, richer, more engaged definition of the rules that define our relations with the non-human -especially for situations in which we are called upon to restore natural environments. This book – in outlining a first approach to such rules – does nothing less than propose better-adapted intellectual tools for our survival and flourishing on earth.

Published summer 2023
ISBN 978-87-974262-2-7
Format 120×200 mm
Pages 136

Author bio

Marion Waller is a curator and urbanist, formerly advising the Mayor of Paris on urban planning, architecture and green space. She studied philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and urban affairs at Sciences Po. She is the Director of the Pavillon de l’Arsenal, the principal locus of exhibition and debate about built and natural systems in Paris.