Publication Launch | Manifest #3: Future Fossils and Elysian Fields

Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 6:30 - 8:30pm

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Manifest #3, Cover. Image Courtesy of Anthony Acciavatti.

Manifest #3, Cover. Image Courtesy of Anthony Acciavatti.

Image courtesy of Lydia Xynogala.

Image courtesy of Lydia Xynogala.

Image courtesy of Enrique Ramirez.

“Spatial immensity beggars designation.” - John R. Stilgoe

What does it mean to grapple with the immensity of the Americas? For the third issue of Manifest: A Journal of the Americas, we aim to highlight propositions that have taken seriously the “bigger than big” -design and representational experiments aimed at narrating, framing, or enacting the American continent and the forms and ideas which it animates. For this event two of the founding editors, Anthony Acciavatti and Dan Handel, will moderate a conversation between Lydia Xynogala on “Future Fossils” and Enrique Ramirez on “Elysian Fields” in the Americas. 

Manifest is an independent print publication dedicated to exploring the art, architecture and landscapes of the Americas. 

Anthony Acciavatti works at the intersection of architecture and the history of science and technology. A founding editor of Manifest, he is a principal of Somatic Collaborative in New York and the Daniel Rose Visiting Assistant Professor in Urban Studies at Yale University.

Dan Handel is an architect and curator working on research-based exhibitions and publications with a penchant for underexplored ideas, figures, and practices that shape contemporary built environments. He is a founding editor of Manifest.

Enrique Ramirez is a scholar and historian of modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism. He is at work on a manuscript entitled "Lines of Least Resistance: Architectural Modernity, Human Flight, and the Modernization of Air," a study of the line-drawing and line making techniques that reveal how exchanges between architectural and aeronautical cultures in 18th- and 19th-century France constructed new, modernized ideas about air and the natural environment.

Lydia Xynogala is an architect and doctoral fellow at the ETH, gta Institute. Though her practice ALOS she constructs Architecture, Landscapes, Objects and Stories with projects that engage built artifacts, material culture and the natural environment.

This event is free and open to the public. 

View the full Spring 2021 Lectures and Events List. 

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.