BEATRIZ COLOMINA: X-Ray Architecture (updated version)



JAMES AD COX DISTINGUISHED LECTURE:
February 17, 2020

Every age has its signature afflictions and each affliction has its architecture. This lecture will explore the psychopathologies of architecture–from the trauma of tuberculosis to more recent disorders such as burn-out syndrome, ADHD, allergies, and the environmentally hypersensitive unable to live in the modern world. Diagnostic tools from X-Rays to MRIs and beyond radically transformed privacy and publicity in the twentieth century, reshaping architecture. Beatriz Colomina suggests that if we want to talk about the state of architecture today, we should look to the dominant obsessions with illness and the latest techniques of imaging the body—and ask what effects they have on the way we conceive, represent and experience architecture.

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