02.13.08 | W.M. Keck Lecture Hall @ 7pm
Edward Eigen: A Crash Course in History
Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Princeton University
Edward Eigen is an architectural historian and scholar whose work focuses on intersections of the human and natural sciences with architecture in the 19th century. He is currently preparing to publish the book An Anomalous Plan, which discusses a system of novel sites, instruments and institutions for researching the natural environment.
"A Crash Course in History" takes a (perhaps too) rapid glance at how accidents, rather than producing discontinuities in narrative of history, instead provide a threat with which to connect imaginatively before and after, cause and effect. In looking at a particular case of "death by architecture," the lecture is a primer in how to investigate accidents in the making.