4A Lab Seminar
Dan Handel: The Forest Cons: Sylvan Reflections within Architectural Imaginaries
Michelangelo Frammartino, Alberi. 2013. Film still.
In essence, forests are stored sunshine. But they are also repositories of cultures, myths, metaphors, and means of subsistence. As such, they shape the ways in which we consider time and space. Within the architectural imagination, the forest has a lingering presence: it is conceived as both the origin of architecture and the antidote to its malice. In cities, urbanists, landscape architects, and architects construct forest towers or plant urban forests to offset the harmful effects of civilization. Outside of urbanized areas, forests are described as holding the keys to the survival of the human species. This presentation will trace the appearances and resonance of forests within the architectural professions and suggest that, by working with and tinkering its metaphors, we can change the way we experience and design our environment.
Dan Handel is an architect and curator working on research-based exhibitions and publications with special attention to underexplored ideas, figures, and practices that shape contemporary built environments. He was the inaugural Young Curator at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal, has developed exhibitions for the Venice Biennale and Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, and was curator of architecture and design at the Israel Museum. Most recently, he curated the exhibition The Design of Carpets that Design Us at the CCA. He is a founding editor of Manifest – A Journal of the Americas, and is currently developing a manuscript on the uneasy kinship between forests and spatial design.
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