Natures of Density, Mass and Scale
I just returned from beautiful Princeton University where I gave a lecture with Minsuk Cho of Mass Studies at the School of Architecture. The lectures were part of a series curated by Amale Andraos and Dan Wood – principals of Work AC architects and professors at the school. Within their lecture series Andraos and Wood wish to cultivate a more expansive concept of “green”, and the list of speakers is terrific.
My talk (which is already posted on the Princeton SOA site) offered a bit of “brown” theory within the general green architectural discussion. I spoke about post-naturalist architecture (what that might be) and spent some time discussing the construction of ground as a historical site within several contemporary works of architecture. The work I presented raises many more questions than it answers, and one hopes that some ambitious student picks it all up and direct the themes more forcefully in and against our contemporary moment.
In other news I am extremely pleased that several images from this site are included in an exhibition in Toronto which will open in a few weeks. The exhibition “AIR” is curated by John Knechtel and it relates to an eponymous book he just published with MIT Press. Javier Arbona wrote an excellent essay in AIR that includes one of the exhibited images (a version published here).