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M+M: Lydia Kallipoliti: The Curious Case of Closed Worlds

Lydia Kallipoliti, The Cooper Union

October 19, 2020 · 5:00 pm-7:00 pm · Zoom and Facebook

M+M Program in Media and Modernity

This talk will explore a genealogy of contained microcosms with the ambition to replicate the earth in its totality; a series of living experiments that forge a synthetic naturalism, where the laws of nature and metabolism are displaced from the domain of wilderness to the domain of cities and buildings. Beyond technical concerns, closed worlds distill architectural concerns related to habitation: first, an integrated structure where humans, their physiology of ingestion and excretion, become combustion devices, tied to the system with umbilical cords; second, closed worlds are giant stomachs; they are inhabitable machines that digest resources and are sometimes disobedient; at times they digest, while at other times they vomit.

Lydia Kallipoliti is an architect, engineer, and scholar whose research focuses on the intersections of architecture, technology, and environmental politics. She is an Assistant Professor at the Cooper Union in New York.

Sylvia Lavin is Professor of History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University.

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