Love/Glass/River/Steel: Other Histories will present the other histories of the Mies van der Rohe-designed Farnsworth House (Plano, Illinois, 1951) that are present when one looks into the sources that exist beyond the margins of conventional architectural historical research. Questioning the relationship between writing history and composing narratives—and the seductive lure of coherence—this lecture examines the benefits in disrupting the desire for a linear narrative by strategically producing non-representational architectural artifacts in the service of writing other architectural histories.
Nora Wendl composes architectures and architectural histories by borrowing strategies from the adjacent fields of fiction, poetry, art and literature. She is editor, with Isabelle Loring Wallace, of Contemporary Art about Architecture: A Strange Utility (Ashgate, 2013). Her writing has appeared in Journal of Architectural Education, Thresholds, On Site: Review, Architecture and Culture, Forty-Five and elsewhere; she has exhibited and presented widely. Her poetry chapbook Glass Document will be released through Ugly Duckling Presse (Brooklyn, NY) in late 2015 as part of their original web book series. She is currently Assistant Professor of Architecture at Portland State University.
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