Contemporary territories in the twenty-first century face increasingly adverse
Anthropogenic climate change. Landscape and architectural design practices
need to consider once again fluidity and instability as intrinsic conditions of these
territories, both locally and globally. They are always already an entanglement with
exponentially unstable planetary conditions in the Anthropocene.
Geologics advocate for landscape and architecture to become productive
mediations between city and geology. They propose a reconfiguration of urban
territories as resilient hybrid possibilities that forge existence among dissonance,
heterogeneity, and conflict. Geologics encourage architectural expansion towards
more fluid practices for thinking with and feeling through the contemporary city
as a forcefully unstable geologic becoming. They operate as a threshold between
resilience to exponentially accelerated change and large-scale geoengineering.
And they propose alternatives for ‘staying with the trouble.’
The lecture will discuss the island-city of Manhattan as an experimental and
conceptual laboratory of ideas. It will showcase interrelated experiments, the
stories that motivated them, and what they may instigate. The experiments are
an invitation to position architectural practice as a way of noticing and bearing
witness of territorial and landscape conditions through light and dust, rock and
water, stillness and vibration. They aim to disrupt conventional readings of the
city and forge a journey through which a new city emerges. With an intricate
connection between image, text, and installation, they are an open invitation to
radically interconnected imagination.