This lecture will examine the relation between architecture and empire through the notions of hydropower and modern existence in order to animate a reframing of architectural form and its meaning. Colonialism has been one of the foundations of the start of the Anthropocene and architecture has had a crucial role in formalizing, materializing and obscuring the tropes that produced and reproduced imperialism and its twin project, the modern state, along with the rise of the carbon economy.
Several cases reveal architectural form as an embodiment of power structures that reproduce colonial domination and imperial relations. Their reading can facilitate a possible overcoming of empire and a necessary transformation in the meaning of form. The notion of assemblage is examined as a platform for multiple ontologies that have the capacity to complicate the project of critique in architectures for the Anthropocene.
Topic: Leo Fuchs SOA lecture
Time: Oct 2, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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