Mellon Forum: Sensorial Urbanism - The Aesthetics of Immateriality

Sensorial Urbanism: The Aesthetics of Immateriality

The Spring 2018 Mellon Research Forum on the Urban Environment will focus on how architecture and cities are mediated, experienced, and represented through seemingly  immaterial means. Questions include, how do theories of neurophysiology and urban form shape the way we map the inner and outer world? How do microbial landscapes determine our moods, food processes and even configurations of whole cities? And how do the ways that we smell the streets, represent the city in color, and hear urban life change the way we embody and redesign the city? Panelists will include architects, artists, scientists, designers and other scholars whose work seeks to unpack the aesthetic dimensions of immateriality in the city.

Organized by Evangelos Kotsioris (Architecture) and Phil Taylor (Art & Archaeology)

All events will be held at 5:00 pm in the South Gallery of the School of Architecture.

February 28 / NERVES / Lan A. Li (Columbia) and Anthony Acciavatti (Princeton)

March 28 / COLOR / Leslie Wilson (Purchase) and Katherine Bussard (Princeton)

April 2 / MICROBES / Orkan Telhan (UPenn) and Esther Choi (Princeton)

April 16 / SCENT / Joanna Fiduccia (Reed) and Graham Burnett (Princeton)

April 25 / MUSIC / Willem Boning (Arup) and Emily Thompson (Princeton)