Special Subject: Study in Modern Architecture — Geology and Architecture — How the History of the Earth Infringes on Architecture

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This seminar examines the conceptual premises of linking geology (and the environment in general) with architecture. Ranging from chthonic sites to potential space colonies, we’ll examine the rise of geological speculation that endowed the earth with its own history and architecture with new sources. By the time of Gottfried Semper and Louis Sullivan, buildings were tentatively lodged within the immense temporal depth of nature, precisely at the moment when the category of ‘nature’ itself revealed strains of both experiential and philosophical kind. Landscaping, parks and gardens began to propose models of the anthropocene condition which, in works from Ledoux to to Hadid, prompted breaks with architecture as we know it.