Pollution, Architecture and Modernity
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 – 7:00 pm
Student Center Kiva
How has pollution shaped our thinking about architecture? Jorge Otero-Pailos will reflect on the last 200 years of attempts to transform architecture in response to environmental pollution. He will unpack the historical nexus of pollution and architecture, focusing on the philosophical and aesthetic questions that have driven its formation. Drawing from examples of his own work, he will consider alternative ways of engaging architecturally with pollution.
Jorge Otero-Pailos, artist, architect and theorist of preservation, has undertaken to clean pollution while simultaneously creating a historical record of it through his internationally acclaimed series of art installations “The Ethics of Dust,” which have been exhibited at the 53rd Venice Art Biennale, and the 7th Manifesta Biennial. He is the founder and editor of Future Anterior, and the author of Architecture’s Historical Turn.
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