11/30 | EXTINCT: A Compendium of Obsolete Objects

EXTINCT: A Compendium of Obsolete Objects
with Barbara Penner, Adrian Forty, Olivia Horsfall Turner, Charles Rice, Harriet Harriss, Zeynep Çelik Alexander

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 @5pm ET
Online Event [register here]
 History is filled with objects that once populated the world, but do so no longer. Some artifacts and technologies that have disappeared were once ubiquitous; others barely made it into existence, not more than an idea or prototype. We are interested not simply in why some things have disappeared, but in what their disappearance tells us about the world we have created for ourselves. In using the analogy of ‘extinction’ to describe this process, what assumptions do we perpetuate about why certain things disappear, at the expense of other, possibly no less pertinent, possibilities? 

This talk features the editors of and selected contributors to the newly published book,Extinct: A Compendium of Obsolete Objects (Reaktion, November 2021). They will introduce the theme of extinction in design and present a series of objects from the book. >>>> Introduction to EXTINCT via Places Journal <<<<

Barbara Penner is Professor in Architectural Humanities at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Her books include Bathroom (Reaktion, 2013) and she is a contributing editor of Places Journal.  

Adrian Forty is Professor Emeritus of Architectural History at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. He is the author of many books including Concrete and Culture, a Material History (Reaktion, 2012).  

Olivia Horsfall Turner is the Senior Curator of Architecture and Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Charles Rice is Professor of Architecture at the University of Technology Sydney and author of Interior Urbanism: Architecture, John Portman and Downtown America (2016).

Harriet Harriss is a UK-licensed architect, writer, and historian, and Dean of the Pratt School of Architecture in Brooklyn, New York.

Zeynep Çelik Alexander is Associate Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University and author of Kinaesthetic Knowing: Aesthetics, Epistemology, Modern Design (University of Chicago Press, 2017).