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Architecture in the Production of Ecological Time

Architecture in the Production of Ecological Time AbstractThis paper revisits Nicholas Grimshaw’s Eden Project in Cornwall, UK to interrogate architecture’s relation to neoliberalism. It looks to this project as a means to open a speculative approach for architectural scholarship to engage neoliberal society. Eden, I argue, coordinates its spaces, technologies and objects to project a temporality that seems to lack both past and future in favor of presenting time as continuous, homogeneous, bound to the perpetual management of the present – what I call “ecological time”. This project shows that in the theater of neoliberal governmentality, the present is the object of design, and “design” becomes indistinguishable from the technological management of the world. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architecture and Culture Taylor & Francis

Architecture in the Production of Ecological Time

Architecture and Culture , Volume 5 (2): 16 – May 4, 2017

Architecture in the Production of Ecological Time

Architecture and Culture , Volume 5 (2): 16 – May 4, 2017

Abstract

AbstractThis paper revisits Nicholas Grimshaw’s Eden Project in Cornwall, UK to interrogate architecture’s relation to neoliberalism. It looks to this project as a means to open a speculative approach for architectural scholarship to engage neoliberal society. Eden, I argue, coordinates its spaces, technologies and objects to project a temporality that seems to lack both past and future in favor of presenting time as continuous, homogeneous, bound to the perpetual management of the present – what I call “ecological time”. This project shows that in the theater of neoliberal governmentality, the present is the object of design, and “design” becomes indistinguishable from the technological management of the world.

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN
2050-7836
eISSN
2050-7828
DOI
10.1080/20507828.2017.1325077
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Abstract

AbstractThis paper revisits Nicholas Grimshaw’s Eden Project in Cornwall, UK to interrogate architecture’s relation to neoliberalism. It looks to this project as a means to open a speculative approach for architectural scholarship to engage neoliberal society. Eden, I argue, coordinates its spaces, technologies and objects to project a temporality that seems to lack both past and future in favor of presenting time as continuous, homogeneous, bound to the perpetual management of the present – what I call “ecological time”. This project shows that in the theater of neoliberal governmentality, the present is the object of design, and “design” becomes indistinguishable from the technological management of the world.

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Architecture and CultureTaylor & Francis

Published: May 4, 2017

Keywords: climate change; neoliberalism; architecture; ecological time; preservation; Eden Project

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