Studio-X, the multiuse downtown space for the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, renews its event and exhibition programming with a book launch event for Geologic City: a Field Guide to the GeoArchitecture of New York. This marks the first Studio-X event under the new programming direction of Domus Network contributors Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley.
Geologic City: a Field Guide to the GeoArchitecture of New York by Smudge Studio takes you to 20 sites where you can sense the geologic pulse of New York City. With the field guide in hand, residents and visitors are able to interact with both unfamiliar and iconic New York architecture and infrastructure in unexpected ways: by sensing for themselves the forces and flows of geologic material that give form to the built environment of the City. The City's architecture and infrastructure depends upon extractions of geologic materials that took millennia to form. Yet, there is virtually no cultural awareness of this reality.
According to Smudge Studio,
"Some people argue that this is because humans are cognitively incapable of imagining deep time. We disagree. With this field guide, we offer a speculative tool that humans can use to project their imaginations into deep time as they move through the City. We believe that as works made in response to geologic time become more common, human capacities to design, imagine, and live in relation to deep time will expand."
At the launch you will be able to experience an interactive exhibit based on the Guide, pick up your own full copy featuring 20 sites, and experience the work of two of our collaborators who have taken ideas key to Geologic City into their own processes and media.
Geologic City: a Field Guide to the GeoArchitecture of New York
Studio-X NY, 180 Varick Street, Suite 1610
September 8, 2011, 6pm