ars synthetica: Control and Consilience

The final of our ‘Three Lectures on Architecture After Nature’ series by John May. May is a Lecturer in the departments of Geography and Architecture at UCLA, and an Assistant Researcher at the Institute of the Environment. His essays on the history and theory of technology and urbanism have appeared in various journals, including Perspecta, New Geographies, Thresholds, and Verb: Crisis.

The third lecture will tie ideas about the site back to some of the points made in the first lecture, by relating them to the discussion of infrastructure, environments and management.

Ultimately, the aim is to show that a concept like control is a far more stable referent than ‘nature’ (or the ‘natural environment’) upon which to build a possible discourse on sustainability (hence after nature)–though it is certainly not the only such concept.

Michael Osman (UCLA Architecture) will provide a response following the lecture.