"Placing," School of Architecture Lecture Series: Lecture by Anthropologist Tim Ingold
Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 6:00pm
"Placing," School of Architecture Lecture Series: Lecture by Anthropologist Tim Ingold

The faculty of the School of Architecture at Portland State University are honored to welcome preeminent anthropologist Tim Ingold to the School's "Placing" lecture series on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Tim Ingold is Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh and author of numerous books on anthropology. Taking an unconventional view of his discipline, Professor Ingold works to bring the “4 A’s” (anthropology, architecture, archaeology and art) together, looking at the ways in which environments are perceived, shaped and understood.

Professor Ingold's lecture, titled "The Conical Lodge at the Centre of the Earth-Sky World," will explore the symbolic nature and meaning of the traditional conical dwelling, a commonly inhabited structure in the circumpolar north. Tim Ingold writes:

"Across the circumpolar North, peoples of the boreal forests have traditionally inhabited conical dwellings or lodges fashioned from wooden poles with coverings of animal hide. In this lecture I argue that we misunderstand the lodge by imagining it as an instance of architecture – that is, as a built structure, conforming to the specifications of a prior design, and sited in a solid landscape. The lodge, I suggest, is a thing woven rather than made, and as such, is not so much an object in a landscape as a nexus of growth in an earth-sky world. This world is an ‘environment without objects’, a fluid space in which materials welling up from the ground mix and mingle with the fluxes of the aerial medium in the ongoing production of life. In the conical lodge, earth and sky are not divided at the horizon, as they might seem to be when viewed through a window set in the wall of a modern house. They are rather unified at the centre, where the smoke from the hearth rises to meet the sky whose light streams through the smoke-hole at the apex. In this way, the lodge defines a place."

In the second annual lecture series presented by the School of Architecture at Portland State University, six internationally renowned leaders from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, art, planning and anthropology will tackle the once-controversial idea that "architects create places, not spaces." The series spans the 2012-2013 academic year, with presentations by Dan Wood, Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey, Kevin Daly, Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano, Tim Ingold and Julie Bargmann. Each of these speakers will discuss the ways in which the active processes of siting, locating, positioning and placing things and people in the world are conceived and embodied in their work.

Shattuck Hall Annex
SW Broadway & Hall Street
Portland, Oregon

One (1) AIA continuing education learning unit will be available. All "Placing" lectures are free and open to the public.