Invisible Landscapes of the Atmosphere

The atmosphere has latent architectural possibilities, writes Javier Arbona in this intriguing essay on the potential of air and atmosphere in urban design and architecture.

Citing examples built and imagined of architectural roles for the atmosphere, this wide-ranging essay touches on topics from weaponized air to visualized pollens and pollutants to aerosolized pig brains that can impair human motor functions.

"[A] growing number of artists and architects are engaging air in new ways. They are exploring air as a design component, studying how airborne particles can be manipulated into various textures, surfaces and spaces. They are transforming the scales at which architects typically work. And they are bringing the multiple temporalities of air into play through designs that actually collect and archive air from different times. This work could bring about a new consciousness and perhaps an expanded understanding of the meaning of a public architecture - an effort to reclaim the air from those who've attempted to control it in irresponsible and dangerous ways."

Full Story: Dangers in the Air: Aerosol Architecture and Invisible Landscapes

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