Adrienne Kate Brown
A City of Spheres
In architecture as in other intellectual disciplines, spheres and the attribute of circularity do not simply constitute one species of forms among others; they have always held a special status in the way they have been associated with the visionary and the spiritual, the atmospheric, and the sublime, as well as with the paradigmatic and the autonomous. It appears that a number of analogies can be drawn between the epistemology and the aesthetics of spheres, hinging on the notion of “interiority.” This seminar attempts to categorize and understand the different connections between the morphology of sphericality in architecture and the modern history and theories associated with it. Spherical architecture has a trajectory that runs parallel to the ambitions of “modernization” and, accordingly, has been reenergized in the present-day debates in the dialectic between humanism and the post-human.