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THE SKETCH

MAP Office

preserving communities of the sea



The world’s busiest shipping lanes, fisheries for the planet’s most populous region, untapped deposits of fossil fuels and minerals—the South China Sea and its reefs, atolls, and newly constructed islands comprise an uncharted territory under siege by rapacious nations. As parcels of the sea are transformed into military outposts, the marine habitats of the region are threatened with environmental degradation. In recent years, the Hong Kong-based art-architecture duo MAP Office, Laurent Gutierrez and Valérie Portefaix, have turned their attention from the inhabitable human infrastructures of…

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