Architecture and Geology: A one-day colloquium at St Catherine's College, Oxford. 14th January

Eugene Immanuel Viollet le Duc, Mont-blanc,

In 1859, James Parker gave a lecture to the Oxford Architectural Society entitled ‘Architecture and Geology’, in which he explicitly linked the development of the earth’s crust with the development of Gothic architecture and claimed that there was ‘a connection in the very grammar of the two sciences’. This colloquium aims to document and interrogate the long-standing historical connections between architecture and the earth sciences evident before, during, and after the pivotal decades of nineteenth-century geological science. 

Jessie Brennan

Jessie Brennan, 3 Fall of Ordinariness and Light, 2014 IN SET

‘These drawings are an act of imagination. Like stills from the filmed footage of a detonation, in each frame a building slumps further down the viewfinder: present, going, going… gone. Or so it seems.’ – Olivia Horsfall Turner

Philip Webb

Philip Webb, Clouds frieze drawing, 1884, RIBA IN SET

‘What make it so special are the small sketch and Webb’s instructions to the wood carver on the upper part of the sheet. These instructions draw attention to the limits of drawing, to what cannot be shown by means of drawing, and to what can only be communicated through language. Paradoxically, what Webb wrote – itself a short treatise on word/image relations in architecture – partly negates the value and purpose of his own drawing.’ – Adrian Forty

Drawing Matter

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