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Building Materials

Diana Martinez, Tufts and Catherine Fennell, Columbia University

November 28, 2017 · 12:00 pm · School of Architecture, South Gallery

Princeton Mellon Initiative

A growing body of contemporary research about infrastructure in architecture, the humanities and social sciences takes as its object large-scale, seemingly immaterial infrastructures. Against assumptions about the invisibility of infrastructure, new scholarship accounts for the materiality of systems that range in time and scale from global networks and longue durée processes, to fleeting, microscopic phenomena. Our series creates dialogues across disciplinary boundaries that focus on a particular material, including water, carbon, biota, cargo and building materials, exploring how material shapes the possibilities for human worlds, be they social, political, religious, or cultural.

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