Immanent Histories

Documenting a series of erratic boulders that were first deposited at the toes of the retreating Late-Wisconsin ice sheets, Harvard GSD Assistant Professor Jane Hutton will consider the role of glacially distributed rocks in instigating popular conceptions about the continuum between human and geological action; Seth Denizen, currently Master of Landscape Architecture candidate at the University of Virginia where his thesis research studies the anthropogenic soils of New York City and their disturbing taxonomies, will then consider the temporal and aesthetic dimensions that made modern geology empirically sensible and suggest a correlative proposal for the Anthropocene; and, Taubman College Assistant Professor Amy Kulper will then discuss research from her current book project Immanent Natures: The Laboratory as Paradigm for Architecture’s Experimental Practices, and consider the geologic in the writings of Viollet, Semper, and Ruskin. The panel, moderated by Taubman College Assistant Professor Meredith Miller of milligram office, seeks to track the geologic turn as part of a long and immanent history within which design research explores the precarity of its own foundations.

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